Feb 01, 2016

Crimean Tatars: CoE to Send Delegation to Investigate on Human Rights Situation

Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland, stated that he will be sending an independent team to Crimea in order to verify the respect of the European Convention of Human Rights’ provisions, by which the people of Crimea should be protected. Among the issues that have raised the Council of Europe’s concern is the fact that, for over a year, no delegation from international organizations or NGOs has been allowed access to the peninsula.


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Below is an article by: Radio Free Europe

Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland has announced he is sending a delegation to Crimea to assess the human rights situation on the peninsula.

"More than 2.5 million people live in Crimea, they are all covered by the European Convention on Human Rights and should be able to benefit from it," Jagland said in a statement on January 25.

"However, for more than a year, no delegation from an international organization has been able to go there."

"The mission will be conducted with full independence and will not deal with any issue related to the territorial status of Crimea," Jagland stressed.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 after a referendum dismissed in the West as bogus.

Since Russia's land grab, fundamental freedoms have "deteriorated radically" for many in Crimea, especially for pro-Ukrainian activists, journalists, and the Crimean Tatar community.

That was the finding of a report issued in September 2015 by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.