In Kyiv on Independence Square, activists held a rally in support of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. Among the participants of the rally were representatives of public organizations, members of the Mejlis, as well as government representatives. QirimInfo reports.
Let us remind, in April, "the Supreme Court of Crimea" decided to ban the activities of the representative body of the Crimean Tatars and recognized it an extremist organization. Later this decision by the defense was appealed. Today, on September 29, the Supreme Court of Russia should consider it.
Activists said that today's decision may become a pretext for new repression against members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, and in general.
"Trying to ban the Mejlis is the attack on the constitutional right to freedom of peaceful assembly", – the coordinator of the growth and activism of Amnesty international in Ukraine Lesia Kharchenko said.
In turn, the coordinator of CrimeaSOS Tamila Tasheva noted that repression against the Crimean Tatars began with the creation of pro-Russian organizations, which operate on the peninsula parallel to the Mejlis.
"Thus, the occupation authorities are trying to create a comfortable environment for their existence," – she said.
Speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mariana Betza said that ban of the Mejlis actually means a ban of all Crimean Tatar people.
"We have no illusions about the fact that the decision of prohibition will be made. This is criminal and shameful verdict", – she said.
The official added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will send a protest note to the Russian agency on this issue, and will call upon the international community to step up political pressure on the Russian Federation.
Other activists, who were journalist Eider Muzhdabaev, organizer of the civil blockade of annexed Crimea Lenur Isliamov, human rights activist Oleksandra Matviichuk also urged the international community to pay attention to the situation in Crimea and to strengthen sanctions against Russia.
Earlier, the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov also said that, most likely, the Supreme Court would make a decision to ban the Mejlis. Yesterday Umerov reported that the District Court of Bakhchisarai fined him for the participation in the meeting of the Mejlis, on which the decision to suspend the membership of persons cooperating with the occupation authorities had been made. Also yesterday another member of the Mejlis, Ali Khamzin, was fined for the same reason.