Leaders and members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people do not participate in the hearing, where their appeal is being considered over the decision by the Crimean court at the suit of the Crimean prosecutor's office to ban the Mejlis as an extremist organization, the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Nariman Jelal posted on his Facebook page.

“Our absence from the court does not mean that we have nothing to say in defense of the representative body of the Crimean Tatar people, in defense of the rights of the Crimean Tatar people to self-determination in their homeland, the right of members of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and all people to freedom of expression,” Jelal wrote.

He stressed that the absence of the Mejlis representatives from the court is a demonstration of political position and disagreement with the ban on the representative body of the Crimean Tatars.

“Being absent from the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, we demonstrate our opposition to the right of the Russian authorities to discourage (prohibit) the activities of the representative body elected by the indigenous Crimean Tatar people; our absolute distrust of Russian justice, which has repeatedly demonstrated the willingness to violate  its own Russian legislation and participate in political persecution, organized by the authorities; our solidarity with political prisoners, the victims of Russian ‘justice’,”  he said.

On April 26, the so-called Supreme Court of the Crimea banned the Mejlis in the territory of the Russian Federation and annexed Crimea.

Ukraine intends to challenge the decision of the Russian Federation to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in the European Court of Human Rights.

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