The delegation of the Council of Europe, following his visit to the Crimea reported about repressions against Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars. This is stated in the report of the delegation.
During the visit, as noted in the report, the delegation “met with numerous representatives of civil society, NGOs, religious communities, national minorities, including the Crimean Tatars, as well as media personnel and local authorities”. The theme, “raised regularly” during these meetings, relate to alleged abuses of law-enforcement bodies, in particular during the searches.
Searches, as emphasized in the Council of Europe, often directed against Crimean Tatars and conducted without warrants and with the “disproportionate use of force”. As the basis for such operations apply the law on extremist activities, the report notes. Also, according to the paper, raised the theme of “disappearances among Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars”.
The “repressions”, States the report, “seem designed to separate opponents — in particular, the Crimean Tatars or Ukrainians than reflecting a policy of collective repression against the Crimean Tatars as an ethnic group”. However, emphasize to the Council of Europe, recognition of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar extremist organization will be “a new level of repression against the Crimean Tatars”.
Also, as stated in the report, the people with whom the delegation met reported about other problems. They are, however, “have no direct connection with the topics under consideration by the Council of Europe”. In particular, these are called “inefficient bureaucracy, widespread corruption, the effect of the blockade (especially in the supply of water and electricity), as well as the impact of sanctions on prices, trade, travel”.
In General, the document reflects the 10 topics — law enforcement, disappearance, judicial system, penitentiary system, Crimean Tatars and other minorities, freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom of media, freedom of Assembly, education, and humanitarian problems.
Following the visit the Council of Europe came to the conclusion that he needs constant access to the Crimea to monitor the situation for human rights. “The situation at present, are largely and in many aspects has a negative impact on the residents of the Crimea. This report is an attempt to present some questions connected with the execution of the European Convention on human rights, as was stated in the mandate of delegation. Some problems can be addressed more comprehensively only if the Council of Europe under the leadership of the Secretary-General will be given permanent access to the Peninsula,” reads the report.
The delegation consisted of four people — Ambassador gérard Stoudmann as, as well as four members of the Secretariat of the Council of Europe. The decision about the trip took Secretary General thorbjørn Jagland. The purpose of the visit was declared to be “assessment of the status of human rights”, issues “associated with the status of Crimea” were not considered, noted in the Council of Europe. The trip lasted seven days, from 25 to 31 January.
On 17 March the Supreme court of the Crimea started to consider the claim of the public Prosecutor about the ban in Russia of the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars. On the eve of the Peninsula Prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya issued a decision to suspend the activities of the Assembly “in order to prevent violations of the Federal legislation.” In its decision, which will be valid until the end of the trial, she cited articles 9 and 10 of the law “On countering extremist activity”.