On Thursday, the EU website stated that the European Parliament approved the resolution that calls on the European Union to impose sanctions against people involved in banning the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars.
The text of the resolution noted that the European Parliament expresses its commitment to the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and sanctions imposed after it. The Parliament calls on expanding the list of people against whom EU sanctions will be imposed for banning the Mejlis.
The resolution also strongly condemns the decision of the so-called Supreme Court of Crimea to ban the Mejlis. The resolution demands its immediate cancellation. It also considers that this decision is part of the systematic and targeted bullying of Crimean Tatars, which is a politically motivated act aimed at intimidating the legal representatives of the Crimean Tatars’ community.
As stated in the document, the ban of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People is an attempt to remove them from of Crimea, their ancestral homeland. The European Parliamentarians also condemned restrictions on media freedom in Crimea, particularly the license revocation of the largest Crimean Tatar ATR TV Channel.
As previously reported, the Supreme Court of Crimea, controlled by Russia, decided to ban all activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People on the territory of the annexed peninsula.