This year, Mejlis of Crimean Tatars planned to hold a rally dedicated to the Human Rights Day marked on December 10.

Well in advance, the Mejlis submitted to Simferopol City Administration an application to hold a picket outside the Crimean Prosecutor's Office (Sevastopolska St., Simferopol) with demand to release political prisoners and stop political persecutions.

“However, as expected, the organizers were refused due to ban on holding public events,” press office of the representative body of Crimean Tatars reports. 

However, according to the Mejlis, pro-government activists held an anti-Turkish campaign, where they burned straw effigy of Turkish President, at central square of Simferopol on November 27. Furthermore, the organizers of pro-Russian Crimean Tatar organizations’ meeting scheduled for December 1, 2015, had to cancel it after realizing that they failed to collect the declared number of participants.

“Such double standards in the possibilities of realization of human rights are currently observed everywhere in Crimea,” the representatives of the Mejlis said.

Just a reminder: Due to emergency situation declared after energy blockade of Crimea, Simferopol City Administration decided to suspend mass, public, cultural, recreational and other activities from November 22, 2015 until further notice.