European Court Accepts the Appeal of Mejlis Advisor Ismet Yuksel Against Russia

Дата: 10 April 2015
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The European Court of Human Rights has accepted the appeal of Ismet Yuksel, an advisor to the Chairman of the Crimean Mejlis, against Russia.

This was reported by the Crimean News Agency referencing Yuksel’s lawyer Illarion Vasilyev, who was alerted by Strasbourg in a letter dated March 18th, 2015.

The appeal has been assigned case number 9117/15 (Yuksel v. Russia). 

Vasilyev explained that the number assignment is an achievement of its own. According to the procedure, next comes either a refusal of eligibility or a letter that the complaint has been communicated, and that the Russian government has been notified on its existence and content.

In the communication, the ECHR should ask the government a number of questions. It will be clear which part of the application has passed from the content of the questions.

Vasilyev has appealed to the European Court about the violation a number of articles of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms by Russia. These violations include intervening in the accuser’s private life, limiting his freedom of movement, unlawful deportation, discrimination, unfair trials, lack of effective protection mechanisms, and property rights violations. All this is related to to the ban on entry into the territory of the Russian Federation of Ismet Yuksel, a citizen of Turkey, who until 2014 had been a lawful resident of Crimea for 20 years.

The Crimean occupation authorities banned Mr. Yuksel from entering the peninsula for 5 years until June 30th, 2019.

“The decision of the FSB regarding my non-admission has caused me to suffer considerable material and moral damages. I feel this damage today, as do my family members. My rights as a citizen have been violated, especially freedom of movement. I am convinced that the government which has imposed itself on the territory of Crimea, does not respect human rights and freedoms. The basis of such a mentality is the destruction of human rights and humiliation. This proves, once again, the difficulty which I am in, and I find it hard to understand this mentality. What has happened to me and other Crimean Tatars is a gross violation of human rights,” Ismet Yuksel stated to a Human Rights Information Center correspondent.

An advisor to the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, social activist, and well-known representative of the Crimean Tatar diaspora, Ismet Yuksel, had filed a lawsuit challenging the decision of the Russian FSB to ban his entry into the territory of the Russian Federation. Appeals against the FSB’s decision were filed in both Simferopol and Moscow.

The Kiev District Court of Simferopol refused to examine the complaint on the basis of jurisdictional venue.

In the Meshchansky District Court of Moscow, the first hearing to review Yuksel’s claim was held on January 22nd. But, the FSB did not show up at the hearing at that time.

Later, at the request of the FSB, the case was transferred to the Moscow City Court because the information related to the case is considered a state secret. This refers to the statement from the FSB containing its recommendations to ban Yuksel’s entry into Russia.

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