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    Italian Lawmakers to Meet Crimean Tatars to Examine Human Rights Situation

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    A delegation of Italian lawmakers on an official visit to Crimea on Friday said they would meet representatives of Crimean Tatars to learn if they experience human rights violations.

    SEVASTOPOL (Sputnik) — Oleg Belaventsev, Presidential envoy of the Crimean Federal District, who invited Italian lawmakers to meet Crimean Tatars, stated that "Crimean Tatars’ problem does not exist, there are problems of certain odious leaders who are in Ukraine and make problems for the entire multinational Crimea."

    The official visit will wrap up on May 16.

    "We will meet [them] with pleasure, by the way, this is an issue that must be examined thoroughly. This is our common opinion," delegation member Giulietto Chiesa said.

    Crimean Supreme Court on April 26 ruled that Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people is an extremist organization, and outlawed it in Russia, responding to a lawsuit filed by Natalia Poklonskaya, the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Crimea.

    The European Parliament on Thursday called on the European Union member states to fund Mejlis’ activities outside Russia and impose sanctions on those responsible for banning the organization.


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