September 29, a rally in support of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people will be held at the Independence Square in Kyiv at 11:00 am. According to organizers of the event, it will be held concurrently with the court hearing in Moscow, seeking to ban the Mejlis.
It is also noted that such rallies will take place in a number of countries outside the Russian embassies.
“Crimean Tatars, representatives of international and Ukrainian human rights organizations, civil society, and Ukrainian MPs are outraged over Russia's intention to ban the activities of the Mejlis, declaring it an extremist organization. Let us express our support to the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people!” the organizers say.
In addition, during the action, the Amnesty International human rights organization in Ukraine is going to collect signatures in support of two Crimean Tatars - Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, who was recognized a prisoner of conscience, and Ervin Ibragimov, a member of the regional Mejlis, who became a victim of enforced disappearance in May, 2016.
It should be noted that the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation is to consider the appeal against the decision of the so-called Supreme Court of the Crimea to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people on September 29, 2016.
On April 26, the so-called Supreme Court of the Crimea banned the Mejlis in the territory of the annexed peninsula.
Ukraine intends to challenge the decision of the Russian Federation to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in the European Court of Human Rights.
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