Crimea seeks to ban Tatar Majlis

A prosecutor has presented request to the Crimean Supreme court to ban the Tatar governing body, the Majlis

Crimea seeks to ban Tatar Majlis

World Bulletin / News Desk

RFE/RL reports that the prosecutor in Russian-occupied Crimea has filed a request with that territory's Supreme Court to ban the Crimean Tatars' self-governing body, the Mejlis.

Till now, the Mejlis has refused to recognize Russia's forced annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine nearly two years ago and has played a sigificant role in the consolidation of efforts on behalf of Crimean Tatars.

Natalya Poklonskaya signed the request on February 15 to brand the Mejlis "an extremist organization," Russian news agencies reported.

The reports also make mention that Poklonskaya handed a copy of the legal challenge to a leader of the Mejlis, Nariman Celal, the same day.

Many Crimean Tatars fled Crimea during or after its military seizure by Russia in early 2014, and others who remained have complained of harassment or even disappearances under the Moscow-backed authorities on the peninsula.

The European Parliament this month overwhelmingly approved a resolution to condemn Russia for its treatment of the minority group, which one member said, "have been persecuted from the very beginning of the Russian invasion."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Şubat 2016, 11:31