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.
On Tuesday 26 April 2016, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, received in Brussels Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme.
On 26 April 1986 the nuclear plant of Chernobyl in Ukraine ran a test that triggered a meltdown of the reactor, spewing out a cloud of radioactive material in the European sky.
More than thirty plant workers and firemen died in the immediate aftermath of the accident. The consequences of the radioactivity on the population and the environment are still under evaluation 30 years later. The worst nuclear disaster in history.
On 26 April, the Mission of Norway to the EU in Brussels hosted the screening of Grozny Blues as part of the One World Festival. The screening and the following discussion were organised in cooperation with the People in Need Foundation and the Human Rights House Foundation.
A group of prominent Russian journalists and editors, from all segments of the media landscape, including both state and privately owned outlets will meet their EU counterparts on 26 April in London to discuss the safety of journalists in digital age and to find new ways of collaboration in this area.