The Ukrainian World Congress condemns the decision of the Russian occupation authorities to ban the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and appeals to the international community to take immediate action to protect the rights of the indigenous people of Crimea, according to the Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij, Ukrinform reports.

“The Ukrainian World Congress calls upon the international community, including human rights organizations, to take immediate action in response to the continued destruction of the fundamental freedoms in the Russian-occupied Crimea, including freedom of speech and assembly,” Czolij said.

The statement stressed that putting the Mejlis on the list of extremist organizations is an extension of the repressive actions of the Russian authorities in relation to the Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea. Such measures significantly restrict the activities of civil society.

Just a reminder: On April 26, the Russia’s court in Crimea delivered a verdict in the Mejlis case, recognizing it an extremist organization and banning its activities in Russia, including Crimea. Nariman Jelyal, Mejlis First Deputy Chairman, said at the court hearing that international organizations, such as the UN, the OSCE, the Turkish government, the United States and the European Union expressed their support for the Mejlis.

The Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov said that the international organizations, including the United Nations, will respond to the Russia’s banning of the Mejlis by taking relevant actions in the coming days. He also noted that due to the illegal Russia’s court decision, the representative body of the Crimean Tatar people will carry out its activities in Kyiv, where a Special Council is being implementing, which includes Mustafa Jemilev, Leader of the Crimean Tatars, Refat Chubarov, Mejlis’s Chairman and 8 Mejlis members.

April 18, 2016, the Russian Ministry of Justice has put the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people on the list of public and religious organizations banned “due to their extremist activities.” This action has been condemned by Ukraine, a number of international organizations and human rights defenders.

April 15, 2016, a hearing in the Mejlis ban was adjourned until 25 April. One of the reasons was the absence of the Mejlis Deputy Chairman Nariman Jelal.

April 13, 2016, Natalia Poklonskaya, Kremlin-appointed "Prosecutor of Crimea" announced her decision to suspend activities of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars in Crimea pending a court ruling.

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