Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry
“The ban of Mejlis – the key authoritative body of self-governance of Crimean Tatars that is based on non-violence – is another manifestation of rude breach of basic human rights and freedoms by the occupant authorities; it violates the International Convention on elimination of all kinds of racism. This unprecedented repressive decision became another explicit evidence of systematic prosecutions of the Crimean Tatar people due to its principal position against Russian occupation of Crimea”.
Nils Muiznieks, Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner
“I strongly urge a reversal of this ban in the interests of human rights protection and social cohesion on the peninsula. The Mejlis is an important traditional and social structure of the Crimean Tatar people. Equating it with extremism paves the way for stigmatisation and discrimination of a significant part of the Crimean Tatar community”.
Thorbjorn Jagland, OSCE Secretary General
"I am very concerned by the decision taken today by the Court of Simferopol to declare the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People an “extremist organisation” and to ban it. In a report recently prepared by a Human Rights delegation that I sent to Crimea, the Head of the delegation, Ambassador Gérard Stoudmann, had precisely warned that a possible decision to ban the Mejlis would indicate a new level of repression targeting the Crimean Tatar community as a whole.
The report, recently presented to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, particularly mentions that qualifying the Mejlis as an extremist organisation would considerably increase the risk of further alienation of the Crimean Tatar community and of isolating it from the rest of the population living on the peninsula.
Today, following the Court’s decision, this risk is very significant. I therefore call on the relevant authorities to take appropriate measures to reverse this decision rapidly".