Russia can be excluded from the Council of Europe (CoE) in the near future. However, 140 million of people will be left without the important tool in the fight against violation of their rights as Politico reported citing one of the central figures of the CoE.
Russia was dispossessed of voting rights in the organization in 2014 after it annexed the Ukrainian peninsula Crimea. If the situation does not change the elections of the new judges and leaders of the organization will be held without the participation of Moscow.
Moscow can be excluded if it does not take part in the election of the key personnel. The juridical bridge between Europe and Russia that was created in 1996 when Moscow joined the CoE will be destroyed.
‘The potential threat exists that Russia will leave the organization’, the Secretary General of the CoE Thorbjorn Jagland said.
‘If Russia leaves, then 140 million of people will be left without a possibility to appeal to the Court of Justice of the EU and it is very important for the Russian citizens’, he noted.
Russia did not show any desire to return Crimea to the Kyiv authorities. According to Jagland, it continues to shut off the EU Commissioners from the Crimean peninsula that is unacceptable.
‘But we have to consider will Europe it be better and safer for Europe when Russia is left alone beyond the juridical system of Europe? It is a very pointed question for me’, Jagland said.
The Committee of Ministers of the CoE urged to investigate the violation of the human rights in Crimea.