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 Rada calls for urgent UN Security Council meeting over Russia's ban of Mejlis

Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andrii Parubii has appealed to Ukraine's Foreign Ministry with a request to consider an urgent UN Security Council meeting regarding the ban of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people by Russia's Justice Ministry.

He announced this at today's parliament session, Censor.NET reports citing Verkhovna Rada press service.

At the outset of the morning plenary session on Tuesday, Parubii said that the Russian Justice Ministry had declared the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people an extremist organization, which requires an appropriate response from the international organizations.

"The whole people, our Crimean Tatar brothers have been declared an extremist organization. For the first time after the end of dictators Stalin and Hitler's era, the entire nation have been declared extremists," he said.

"This is a manifestation of Russian fascism: on May 18, 1944, Stalin signed a criminal order leading to a terrible tragedy of the Crimean Tatars."

On April 18, 2016, the Russian totalitarian authorities again prohibit the Mejlis, Parubii added.

Read more: Russia's occupational Justice Ministry suspends Mejlis over "extremism"

"Russia's actions once again confirm the definition of the country as a prison of peoples. The Crimean Tatar people has no other Motherland except Ukraine and Crimea. Our task is to make every effort to free our land and that of our Crimean Tatar brothers from occupants," the speaker noted.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on behalf of the Ukrainian parliament has appealed to international organizations to adequately respond to this decision.

"I appeal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to consider an urgent UN Security Council meeting on this issue. I'm sure that having the world on our side we will manage to liberate our fellow men, so that they feel our support," Parubii said.
 
 
 
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