The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people will submit to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) a joint complaint about the ban on Mejlis in the occupied Crimea and the Russian Federation, the Minister of Justice of Ukraine Pavlo Petrenko said.

“I would like to announce that we will file together with the Mejlis a complaint on the so-called ban of the Mejlis activities in the territory of the Russian Federation,” said the head of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine at the parliament during the Friday’s Question Hour.

Petrenko stressed that the ban on Mejlis is an unprecedented fact in the national history, being an act of genocide against an entire people. He noted that Ukraine has already filed to the ECHR a number of complaints against Russia.

According to him, it will be a fifth interstate criminal case initiated by Ukraine against Russia. The first case was opened in March 13, 2014 with regard to large-scale violations of human rights of the Crimean Tatars, Ukrainian citizens and military personnel during the first days of the annexation of Crimea.

The second case was initiated on August 21, 2014 due to the illegal transfer of Ukrainian orphans from Ukrainian-controlled territories to uncontrollable Donbas.

“The third case is related to the persecution of the Crimean Tatars in the territory of the annexed Crimea,” Petrenko said.

The fourth case deals with events of 2014-2016 years, when there were recorded numerous cases of human rights violations, massacres, attacks on civilian areas, killing of Ukrainian soldiers, abduction of journalists and volunteers.