European deputies demanded expansion of the "black list" of persons subject to sanctions due to the prohibition of the Mejlis.
On May 12, the European Parliament in Strasbourg (France) voted for the resolution on the Crimean Tatars’ position in annexed Crimea within the framework of debates on the state of democracy and human rights in the world. The document was published on the European Parliament’s website.
According to the document, the deputies expressed their full commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, and its free and sovereign choice to follow the European path.
'The European Parliament strongly condemns the decision of the so-called Crimean Supreme Court to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars and demands its immediate abolition," the resolution reads.
European deputies believe that this decision presents direct and systematic persecution of the Crimean Tatars, it is politically motivated and means to "intimidate their legal representatives.'
Also, they expressed their concern about the fact that the recognition of the Majlis as an extremist organization could be followed by other repressive actions available under Russian criminal code.
They also condemned press freedom violations in Crimea.
In addition, the resolution urges the Russian Federation "to shed light on all the cases of torturing the prisoners illegally detained in Crimea.'
The European Parliament confirmed the condemnation of Russian annexation as 'the act that violated international law.'
Moreover, many of deputies demanded expansion of the 'black list' of persons subject to sanctions due to the prohibition of the Mejlis. They urged all the members to comply with the list scrupulously.
It was reported that mass searches of the Crimean Tatars had started in the Crimean city of Bakhchisarai.