Censor.NET informs citing a statement by spokesperson John Kirby, posted on the website of the Department of State.
"We call on the Russian Federation to reverse the Ministry of Justice's recent decision to designate the Crimean Tatar Mejlis as an "extremist" organization and the decision by de facto authorities in Crimea to suspend this democratic institution," Kirby said.
According to the spokesperson, the Mejlis has long been a representative body for the traditionally under-represented and historically oppressed Crimean Tatar population. It has also served as an important independent voice in preserving their culture and protecting them from discrimination.
"Russian authorities have no basis or jurisdiction to assert Russian law over Tatar conduct in Ukraine," Kirby announced.
"We again call on Russia to end its occupation of Crimea and return control over this piece of Ukrainian territory. Sanctions related to Crimea will remain in place as long as the occupation continues," the statement reads.
As reported, Russian authorities have included the Crimean Tatar Mejlis to the list of civil and religious organizations that allegedly conduct 'extremist' activities and are banned from operations.
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