“The possible ban for functioning of Mejlis will not only become a downright ignorance of the international law, but also it will create opportunities for criminal prosecutions of thousands of representatives of the indigenous people of Crimea. The self-identity of Crimean Tatars and their demand to confirm and protect their rights will become grounds for various kinds of prosecutions for “extremism””, Krym.Realii reported with the reference to Refat Chubarov, Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. Thus, the official commented on the upcoming court hearing in the case of the ban of the Mejlis, slated for March 10. The hearing is initiated by the pro-Russian “government” of Crimea.
The Head of the Mejlis pointed out that if the ban is introduced, the so-called “Crimean authorities” won’t need to prove the fact of a person committing any abusive practices.
“It creates broad opportunities to oppress and persecute Crimean Tatars; de facto it would be based on their descent. Thus, Russia may legitimate racial and ethnic discrimination of the entire nation, which includes the use of brute force against civilians”, Chubarov said as quoted by the press service of the Mejlis.
Previously, the “authorities” of Crimea passed the building of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people to an ethnographic museum.