PACE speaker: Crimean Tatars may “quietly disappear” due to occupation of Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to PACE, Crimean Tatars must be saved from this fate
16:08, 20 April 2016

Crimean Tatars may “quietly disappear” due to occupation of the peninsula, stated PACE speaker on Ukraine Marieluise Beck, reports ATR.

European Council Commissioner for human rights Nils Muiznieks is also deeply concerned about the state of affairs on the occupied peninsula.

“We must prevent the history from repeating in relation to Crimean Tatar people”, - he stated during PACE hearings dedicated to Ukraine, which is currently taking place in Strasburg.

Moreover, Muiznieks fears that if the situation on the territories occupied by Russia stays the same “we will have a huge grey area in the center of Europe where human rights defense mechanisms are severely neglected”.

According to Beck (Germany), Crimean Tatars may “quietly disappear” as a cultural and ethnical group, since after occupation of Crimea, they no longer have a possibility to live on single territory. “This phenomenon is very disturbing”, - the speaker pointed out.  

Ambassador of the Council of Europe Gerard Shtudman pointed out to the necessity to open the peninsula for human rights observers, since “the fact that 2,5 million people are beyond the reach of human rights defense mechanisms, developed for all Europeans, is unnatural and unacceptable”.

On April 18, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation listed Mejlis of Crimean Tatars as extremist organization.

On April 13, Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonska suspended Mejlis of Crimean Tatars.

The decision to suspend Mejlis will be in force until Supreme Court of Crimea rules on Poklonska’s appeal. Earlier, she demanded to recognize Mejlis an extremist organization. The lawsuit is currently at the stage of consideration.

Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, in the periods between sessions of Kurultay, is the only executive organ of Crimean Tatars, elected by Kurultay among its delegates. Kurultay is the highest institute of state authority of the Crimean Tatar people, summoned amid turning points in their history.

Related: Mejlis and extremism: how Crimean Tatars survive in Crimea occupied by Russia

Related: Foreign Ministry condemns listing Mejlis as extremist organization by Russia

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