European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on today's decision of the "Supreme Court" of Crimea to ban Mejlis activities

Bruxelles, 26/04/2016 - 09:05, UNIQUE ID: 160426_04
Statements by the Spokesperson

Today's decision by the so-called Supreme Court of Crimea to prohibit the activities of the Mejlis, a self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars, labelling it "an extremist organisation", represents a grave attack on the rights of the Crimean Tatars as a whole. It constitutes a further very negative escalation in the human rights situation on the Crimean peninsula since its illegal annexation by the Russian Federation in 2014, including as regards the persecution of persons belonging to minorities.

Full compliance with international human rights standards and other obligations under international law, notably in this case concerning the Crimean Tatar community, must be ensured without delay.