“The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars” complained to the ECHR on Russia

“The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people” has filed a complaint with the European court of human rights (ECHR) because of the inclusion in the list of extremist organizations and banned its activity in Russia. Informs the human rights centre “memorial”, which represents the interests of enterprises in court.

The statement indicated the alleged Russia’s violation of several articles of the European Convention for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. In addition, the Majlis, as human rights activists, never imagined that their activity violates the anti-extremist legislation.

“The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people” was included in the list of prohibited in Russia organizations from April 2016, following consideration of the claim of Natalia Poklonskaya, who at that time was the post of the Prosecutor of the Crimea. In September, the Association protested against the ban, but the Supreme court of Russia upheld the decision in force.

The leaders of the “Majlis” Refat Chubarov and Mustafa Dzhemilev live in Kiev. Russian law enforcement agencies opened against them, the number of criminal cases. In January 2016 on the territory of Ukraine was created the so-called Crimean Tatar volunteer battalion “Asker”, which trains commandos to commit terrorist acts in the Crimea. However, their activity is confined to the undermining of the Ukrainian transmission, participation in the food blockade of the Peninsula and run in the direction of Russia balls in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. In February 2017, Russian border guards have detained a member of the “Asker” while attempting to illegally cross the state border.