Contents tagged with Mejlis

  • International Court of Justice demands explanation from Russia for not complying with court’s ruling on Crimean Tatar Mejlis

    The International Court of Justice in The Hague officially requested Russia to explain its failure to comply with last year’s ruling of the court, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olena Zerkal, said.

    Evropeyska Pravda news outlet reports that the The Hague Court asks Russia to explain how it complies with the rling of the International Court, on resumption of the Mejlis activities. Specifically, Russia must explain what was done to create normal conditions for activities of the …

  • Ukrainian MP: Russia’s Kerch Bridge to Crimea should be given to Ukraine

    Refat Chubarov, Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, stated in an interview with the Obozrevatel news outlet that Russia should hand over the Crimean bridge “as contribution” to a special “international consortium” which should be established to operate the bridge.

    “As the country that annexed Crimea, Russia should hand over the Crimean Bridge as a contribution to the international consortium for damage caused [to Ukraine],” Chubarov stated. “The transfer agreement should contain measures …

  • 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- …