Mission of the Council of Europe met pro-Ukrainian activists in occupied Crimea

Ukrainian Cultural Center informed Council of Europe about problems of Ukrainian speaking population
11:29, 31 January 2016

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Mission of the Council of Europe, which is now located in occupied Crimea, met Ukrainian activists and Mejlis representatives, informs one of the founders of Ukrainian Cultural Center Leonid Kuzmin on Facebook.

“Today representatives of Ukrainian Cultural Center met Special Representative of Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Human Rights in Crimea Gerard Shtudman as well as representatives of the monitoring group. During the meeting we informed the Council of Europe about gradual elimination of the Ukrainian language from Crimean schools, about the efforts to preserve Ukrainian culture, about shutting of the theatrical studio “Svitanok” in Simferopol, about the absence of Ukrainian printing editions”, - he said.

Kuzmin also told about particular cases of rights violation of Ukrainians and the problem of peaceful assemblies in Crimea. On January 30 the Mission of the Council of Europe held a meeting with representatives of Mejlis in Simferopol. The Mission also met the so-called Prosecutor of Crimea and visited one of Crimean schools this week.

According to “Krym. Realii” officials of the Council of Europe have become first representatives of international organizations to gain access to Crimea in the last 1,5 years.

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