At a meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg a report of the Council of Europe human rights mission was promulgated, where it is noted that the occupation of Crimea has deprived people of the opportunity to protect their rights.
“It is indeed neither normal, nor acceptable, that a population of 2.5 million people should be kept beyond the reach of the human rights mechanisms established to protect all Europeans. In this context, many interlocutors, in particular from the Crimean Tatar community, expressed the hope that the visit of this delegation would not be a one-off visit and that the Council of Europe monitoring structures would soon be allowed back”, — the document says.
According to the authors of the report, there is an urgent need to open the occupied Crimea for monitoring structures of the Council of Europe and other relevant international instruments, and to develop viable solutions, that could work under these circumstances.
Earlier, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland said, that the visit of the Council of Europe’s mission to the occupied Crimea does not mean recognition of Russia's "power" on the peninsula.