The European Parliament demanded to cancel the ban of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars

The European Parliament adopted a resolution which condemned the ban the activities of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars in Russia and demanded the cancellation of this decision, said in a statement on the Parliament’s website.

“MEPs strongly condemn the so-called decision of the Supreme court of the Crimea from 26 April 2016 to ban the Majlis, which is a legitimate and recognized representative body of the ethnic Crimean Tatars”, — stated in the message. The MPs also demanded the cancellation of this decision, which, in their opinion, is aimed at “systematic and deliberate persecution of Crimean Tatars” and “an attempt to expel them from Crimea, which is their historical homeland”.

The resolution also confirmed the previous decisions of that body that “the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation” is “a violation of international law”. Deputies reaffirmed full commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders”.

In late April, the European external action service described the decision to ban the activities of Mejlis as a serious attack on the rights of the Crimean Tatars in General.

The decision on the recognition of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar extremist organization and banning its activities on the territory of Russia, the Supreme court of Crimea ruled after the relevant claim of the Prosecutor of the Crimea Natalia Polonskaya.

Poklonskaya indicated that the activities of the Majlis is based on the struggle against Russia and its leaders “used the Crimean Tatar people as a bargaining chip”. According to her, the leaders of the Majlis — “a puppet in the hands of large Western puppeteers”. Also, the Crimean Prosecutor pointed out that the organization has cooperated with terrorist organizations, “Gray wolves” and “Hizb-ut-Tahrir, banned in Russia.

At the trial, made first Deputy head of Mejlis Nariman Jalal, who said that his organization is international and is supported by organizations such as the UN and the OSCE. However, he rejected accusations of extremism.

Prior to that, on 13 April, the activity of the Majlis was suspended by the resolution of the Crimean Prosecutor’s office, a few days later the same decision was made by the Ministry of justice of Russia.

The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars was established in 1991. In early 2014, the organization has refused to recognize the referendum on accession of Crimea to Russia, and later left the territory of Russia. In 2015, the representatives of the Mejlis actively participated in the economic blockade of the Crimea, during which were undermined by power lines coming to the Peninsula from the Kherson region of Ukraine.