Ukraine planning to sue Russia in ECHR over Mejlis ban

19:50, 20 October 2016
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The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine intends to lodge a suit against Russia with the European Court of Human Rights before the end of this year regarding the ban earlier imposed by Russian authorities against the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, according to First Deputy Minister Natalia Sevostyanova who spoke with journalists in Kharkiv, and UNIAN correspondent reported.

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"We are now preparing a separate lawsuit, which deals specifically with the ban on Mejlis of Parliament. The Russian Federation is a defendant, as a State. We are filing the suit against the State, we file it as Ukraine against Russia. Accordingly, no we have all law enforcement agencies giving us information on who is directly involved. When we accumulate all this information, we will file the suit," she said.

Sevostyanova has said she believes the lawsuit will be lodged before the end of 2016.

Read alsoRussia steps up persecution of Crimean Tatars following Mejlis ban – MFA UkraineAs UNIAN reported earlier, April 26, 2016, the Russian-controlled "Supreme Court of Crimea" ruled the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people an extremist organization and banned its activities in the territory of the Russian Federation. The Russian Justice Ministry also put the Mejlis on the list of extremist organizations. On September 29, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation upheld the ban of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

During the courtroom debate, the prosecutor was saying that the institution was to be held responsible due to the fact that its leaders had not recognized the annexation of Crimea, insisting on its return under Ukraine’s control.

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