Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
16th February, 2016
The Crimean Tatars have asked for protection against encroachments on their rights by the leaders of the public Association “the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people”, reported RIA Novosti via the Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya.
Previously, she filed a petition in the Supreme court of Crimea with the request to recognize the public association “the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people” as an extremist organization, and to ban its activities on the territory of the Russian Federation in accordance with article 9 of the Federal law “On countering extremist activity”.
“The Crimean Tatar people wrote to me asking to protect their rights from those false leaders, the so-called Majlis, who by their actions, have violated their rights with the energy and food blockade of the Peninsula,” said Poklonskaya.
She stressed that the Crimean Tatar population demands the restoration of their violated rights and to prevent speculation of the Majlis, in particular, to prohibit the organizers of the blockade to use Crimean Tatar symbols.
According to her, the Crimean government will not allow violations of the rights of Crimeans. “As we protect the rights of Crimean Tatars and other nationalities living on the Peninsula,” said Poklonskaya.
The Mejlis is the Executive body of the Kurultai, which is the national Congress and Supreme representative Plenipotentiary body of the Crimean Tatar people. The delegates of the Kurultai are elected every five years. The leaders of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, Ukrainian politicians Refat Chubarov and Mustafa Dzhemilev, spoke out against the reunification of Crimea with Russia and left the Peninsula. Because of extremist statements, inciting national discord, in 2014, they were denied entry to Russia for five years. Chubarov and Dzhemilev organized a food and energy blockade of the Crimean Peninsula.