Contents tagged with Mejlis

  • Mejlis: 248 Crimean Tatars were detained in the annexed Crimea over the past year

    The Russian security services in the annexed Crimea detained 248 Crimean Tatars in the last year, 99 were fined, and another 42 were arrested, said Eskender Bariev, a member of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, at a press conference on January 31st, according to Ukrainian News.

    Bariev noted that the representatives of the indigenous population of the Crimea are subjected to massive pressure from the law enforcement.

    Bariev said, "For 2017, our compatriots were fined more than 5 million rubles ($90,000 …

  • Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People sentenced to two years in prison

    The Simferopol District Court, which is under the control of the Russian authorities, found Ilmi Umerov, deputy head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, guilty of calls for separatism and sentenced him to two years in prison in a colony settlement, reported his attorney Mark Feygin.

    The prosecutor’s office asked that Umerov be given a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentenced.

    Umerov was arrested in Simferopol on May 12, 2016. An hour before his arrest, he posted information on his …

  • Court in the annexed Crimea sentences Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz to 8 years

    The Kremlin-controlled Supreme Court of annexed Crimea sentenced Akhtem Chiygoz, one of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people, to 8 years of general regime imprisonment, Krym.Realii reports.

    The court made the ruling on September 11, informing Chiygoz’ lawyer Oleksandr Lesovy of the special ruling after multiple delays.

    Roughly 100 people came to support Chiygoz in court.

    President Petro Poroshenko condemned the sentence, posting on Facebook:

    “The Akhtem Chiygoz case is yet another …

  • Dzhemilev said he talked with Putin before the annexation of the Crimea

    People's Deputy and Commissioner of the President of Ukraine on the Affairs of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the eve of "referendum" and Putin was trying to persuade him to cooperate. He revealed this information in an interview with Apostrophe news portal.

    Dzhemilev commented on media reports that Russian authorities made an offer to lead the "government of the Crimea" to many well-known Crimean politicians.

    "No, there was bribery of a …

  • As part of lawsuit against Russia, Ukraine demands that ban on Crimean Tatar Mejlis be lifted

    Ukraine demands that Russia stop the persecution of the Crimean Tatars and restore the activity of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People as part of Kyiv's lawsuit against Moscow that was filed with the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

    “We demand that Russia stop the violations of the International Convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination and to take measures to protect all ethnic groups in the occupied Crimea, in particular, Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians. …

  • Amnesty International accuses Russia of violating human rights in the Crimea

    Crimean Tatars are being systematically persecuted after the Russian annexation of the Crimea in 2014. The cases against the activists of the Crimean Tatar community are analyzed in the report of the international human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) "Crimea in the darkness: the persecution of dissent", published on Thursday, December 15th.

    According to the Director of AI in Europe and Central Asia, John Dalhuisen, Crimean Tatars became the most prominent and united group that …

  • UN: Russia is a 'state occupier' and must adhere to its obligations under international law

    During the meeting of the Third Committee of the General Assembly, the United Nations approved a resolution called "Situation of Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea and the City of Sevastopol,” initiated by Ukraine.

    Seventy-three countries voted in favor of the resolution, 23 were against and 76 countries abstained, reported Krym.Realii.

    The document condemns the massive human rights violations in the occupied Crimea and calls for Russia as a state-occupier to adhere to …

  • Ukrainian Parliament is urging the world to condemn Russia’s ban of Crimean Tatar Mejlis

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has appealed to international organizations and parliaments not to recognize the decision of the Russian courts to ban the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars. The Ukrainian parliamentarians are also requesting to consider the possibility of imposing sanctions against the judges who made the verdict. A total of 248 deputies voted in favor of this decision on the 5th of October.

    The Ukrainian Parliament called for measures that “will indicate the non- …

  • Kyiv protests Russia's ban on Crimean Tatar Mejlis

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has protested against the decision to recognize the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People as an extremist organization in Russia and demanded that the decision be overturned. Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation fully prohibited the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People. Therefore, an appeal from Mejlis representatives was rejected.

    The agency also demanded that the decision be overturned and called on international partners to intensify …

  • Police in Crimea warned the Deputy Head of the Mejlis about holding rally

    The Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, Ilmi Umerov, has said that on the 17th of May 2016, he was visited by police who warned him that any activities planned for the 18th of May will not be allowed. The Mejlis had previously organized events to take place on Memorial Day in remembrance of the 1944 deportation of the Crimean Tatars.

    “I was referred to as the organizer of a public event. I then had to explain to members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia that on the …