The Mejlis cannot perform its functions in occupied Crimea over Russia's ban / Photo from UNIAN

The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission has called on the Russian Federation to lift a ban on the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People pursuant to the respective order of the International Court of Justice.

"Three years ago, on September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation upheld the ban on the Mejlis previously imposed by the Supreme Court of Crimea. As a result, the Mejlis, a representative body of Crimean Tatars, has been unable to conduct its activities in Crimea to this day," the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission said on Facebook on September 29.

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"This situation continues despite the order of the International Court of Justice. In 2017, the court concluded that the Russian Federation must refrain from limiting representative institutions of Crimean Tatars, including the Mejlis," it said.

"We call on the Russian Federation to comply with the court order and to lift the ban on the Mejlis," the mission said.