This was stated by Head of Mejlis Refat Chubarov, Censor.NET reports citing Krym.Realii.
"Those norms of the Russian legislation, which the plaintiff bases the attempts to charge the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people of extremism on, cannot be applied. The assessment of the status and activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people should be based on international law, as there are obvious gaps in the current legislation in the field of indigenous peoples' rights," Mejlis head said.
Chubarov elaborated on the trial of March 17. In particular, according to him, the plaintiff (the occupation prosecution authorities of Crimea - Ed.) requested to attach additional documents to the dossier of the administrative action, in particular, the provisions on the State Committee for inter-ethnic relations and deported citizens, as well as the mentioned agency progress reports. According to Chubarov, at the plaintiff's plan, these documents should demonstrate to the court that there is a state body in charge of protecting the interests of the Crimean Tatar people in Crimea.
The lawyer of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people has filed a petition to the court on summoning of witnesses and attachment of a number of documents, mostly international law acts concerning the rights of indigenous peoples, as well as landmark cases of the European Court of Human Rights concerning the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.
"The representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people were persuading the court that the Mejlis as the representative body of the Crimean Tatar people - the indigenous people of Crimea - was not a public association in the sense defined by the Federal Law of the Russian Federation On Public Associations No. 82-FZ of May 19, 1995," Chubarov stressed.
The next court hearing is scheduled for April 7, 2016.
The UN called on the Russian Federation not to allow prohibition of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in Crimea. The EU also expressed concern about intentions to ban the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.
The Crimean human rights group addressed the international organizations with a statement about the inadmissibility of the prohibition of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in Crimea.
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