Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov said at a briefing in Kyiv after a meeting of the Coordination council for ensuring Ukrainian citizens' rights and freedoms in the temporary occupied Crimea, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.
"What is happening today in the territory of the temporary occupied Crimea, including this so-called trial, is wrong and illegal. We perceive all actions against the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People as criminal and unlawful," Chubarov said.
According to him, "banning the Mejlis will open the door to repressions against so many people - the most active members of the Crimean Tatar community, as the Mejlis is the highest executive body of the Kurultai [national congress - ed.], which is elected by the Kurultai."
As explained by Chubarov, the structure of the Mejlis encompasses more than 250 local Mejlis always chosen by the Crimean Tatars.
"And this is more than 2,000 people. Instantly, they can be declared extremists, if not terrorists. That's what we face..," the head of the Mejlis said.
According to him, the unlawful actions of the occupying administration in Crimea will continue until "Ukraine reclaims its sovereignty over this part of its territory."
"Living in Crimea is so hard under Russia's control. We will continue helping people, but the situation will be completely tackled only after Crimea returns to Ukraine," the politician summed up.
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