Ukrainian Foreign Ministry noted that the decision on the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopil (Ukraine) by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe is a serious contribution of the Council of Europe in providing democratic security in Europe.
“We are studying the decision of the Committee of Ministers as an element of the complex respond of the international community to the criminal activity by the Russian Federation in Ukraine. This decision undoubtedly is strengthening the position of the General Assembly 71/205 regarding Crimea "Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)," reads the message.
The Foreign Ministry also considers the document adopted to be “one of the serious contributions of the Council of Europe into providing democratic security in Europe and prosecution of fundamental values and principles of the Organization – to protect human rights, democracy and law.”
The decision notes repressions against national minorities, specifically of the Crimean Tatars along with violation of such human rights as freedom of speech and peaceful assemblies, religious freedom and beliefs. The decision of the so-called supreme court in the occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea to recognize the Mejilis of the Crimean Tatars as an extremist organization and to ban their activity also caused condemnation of the Committee of Ministers.