Freedom House issued a statement in connection with the decision of the Russian Supreme Court to uphold the ban on the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and recognize it an extremist organization, Freedom House reports on Facebook.
“The court's decision to ban the Mejlis is a confirmation that a mass repression against ethnic minorities in Crimea is ongoing. Theoretically, the Russian authorities are now able to punish all representatives of the Crimean Tatar people for their cultural, social and political activity. This is a travesty of justice, and the latest example of human rights violations in Crimea,” said Daniel Calingaert, Acting President at Freedom House.
Yesterday, September 29, the Russian Supreme Court dismissed the appeal in the case "Ban on Mejlis", thereby prohibiting its activities in Russia and in the occupied Crimea.
On April 26, the so-called Supreme Court of the Crimea banned the Mejlis in the territory of the Russian Federation and annexed Crimea.