Censor.NET reports citing the statement issued by the Freedom House following the Russian Supreme Court's decision to uphold the banning of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and designate it as an "extremist organization."
"The court ruling against the Mejlis is an endorsement of the wholesale repression and persecution of indigenous people in Crimea," said Daniel Calingaert, acting president.
"Russian authorities can now prosecute virtually all Crimean Tatar people inside the peninsula for their cultural, social, and political activities - a travesty of justice that is the latest human rights abuse in Crimea."
As reported, the Russian Justice Ministry suspended the Crimean Tatars' highest ruling body, the Mejlis, citing "extremist activities" in April 2016. On Sept.29, 2016, Russia's Supreme Court upheld the ban, adding the Mejlis to the list of "extremist organizations."
Crimea is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2016 and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2016.
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