Оккупанты продолжают целенаправленно уничтожать представительный орган крымских татар

January 13, 2023

The Russian occupiers continue their purposeful policy of destroying the representative body of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people – the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, called the words of a Turkish official about Crimea inappropriate, and called the members of the representative body of the indigenous people of Crimea, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, provocateurs.

“Traditional anti-Russian statements made at the meeting by representatives of the unrecognized in Russia, I emphasize, the extremist Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, do not surprise anyone. Of course, it is regrettable that the Deputy Head of the State Department for Turks Abroad and Kindred Communities, Sayit Yusuf, followed the lead of provocateurs from the Mejlis, expressing a desire to hold the next similar event in Bakhchisaray”,- Zakharova said.

With her statements both about the Turkish official and about the representative body – the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, she once again demonstrated the true attitude of the terrorist state of the Russian Federation towards the indigenous Crimean Tatar people.

In her statement, Zakharova noted that Turkish officials are not allowed to flirt with extremist organizations like the Mejlis, which openly practice anti-Russian activities.

We remind you that on April 26, 2016, the Supreme Court of Crimea illegally ruled to ban the representative body of the indigenous people of Ukraine – the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. The occupation court recognized it as an extremist organization and banned the activities of the Mejlis on the territory of the occupied Crimea and the Russian Federation. On April 19, 2017, the International Court of Justice adopted an interim decision on the application of interim measures against the actions of the Russian Federation in the occupied Crimea. Thus, the UN Court in The Hague ordered the Russian Federation to ensure the work of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, but the Russian Federation has been ignoring this decision for the sixth year already.

Moreover, the Russian authorities are openly persecuting members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people: Nariman Dzhelyalov, Refat Chubarov, Akhtem Chiyhoz, Eskender Bariiev, Ilmi Umerov and others.

All these years, the team of the CTRC, along with authoritative international organizations and institutions, has been fighting against the illegal decision of the occupiers to ban the Mejlis. With the assistance of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, 17 individual applications were submitted to the ECHR in connection with the prohibition of the Mejlis, both from individuals and from legal entities. The CTRC team provided materials for lawyers representing Ukraine in the Ukraine v. Russia case at the International Court of Justice.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center regularly sends reports and reports to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, the UN Expert Mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of association, in which the OSCE points out the illegality of this decision and Russia’s failure to comply with the interim decisions of the International Court of Justice. In addition, representatives of the CTRC systematically inform about the illegality of the ban on the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people on international platforms.

The real attitude of the occupiers towards the indigenous Crimean Tatar people is manifested not only by the ban on its representative body, harassment, detentions, searches and arrests, but even by the attitude towards the building of the representative body, which was well-groomed in the pre-occupation period, where thousands of people constantly came to discuss issues related to development of the indigenous people of Crimea.