Secretary General of the Council of Europe commented on the ban that took place in Russian-occupied Crimea on April 13. “I strongly urge that no action is taken to restrict the Mejlis’s activity or to label it extremist. The Mejlis must be able to continue its activities in Crimea. The human rights mission I sent to the peninsula in January raised this issue and I immediately expressed my concern to Foreign Minister Lavrov. This situation is urgent and, as our recently published human rights report makes clear, banning the Mejlis would discriminate against the whole Crimean Tartar community and is therefore unacceptable”, he said in a statement.
On April 13, OSCE Representative, Swiss diplomat Gerard Stoudmann presented his report on human rights in Crimea. The report is a result of a visit by the Council of Europe delegation sent by Jagland to Crimea after 18 months during which there was no international presence of international organisations on the Peninsula.
Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, who initiated the assessment, stated: “The Council of Europe mandate is to protect individuals wherever they are located on our Continent, under whatever circumstances. I hope the report will constitute a basis for fruitful discussions on what the Council of Europe can do for people in Crimea”.
As 112 International reported, on Wednesday, Natalya Poklonskaya, self-proclaimed Prosecutor of Crimea suspended the Mejlis’s activity on the entire territory of the peninsula. The decision to suspend Mejlis will be in force until Supreme Court of Crimea rules on Poklonska’s appeal. Earlier, she demanded to recognize Mejlis an extremist organization. The lawsuit is currently at the stage of consideration.