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Council of Europe human rights mission returns from Crimea

Secretary General Strasbourg 3 February 2016
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Thorbjørn Jagland

Thorbjørn Jagland

The Council of Europe’s human rights mission to Crimea, led by Swiss diplomat Ambassador Gérard Stoudmann, has returned to Strasbourg after a 7-day visit to the peninsula.

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today informed the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers that the delegation met representatives from all sectors in Crimea. More than 50 meetings were held in several locations including Simferopol, Yalta, Sebastopol and Bakhchisaray.  Ambassador Stoudmann was also able to visit Mr Chiygoz, Vice Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, who is imprisoned in Simferopol.

On the basis of the extensive amount of information gathered during the visit to Crimea, Ambassador Stoudmann and his delegation will prepare a comprehensive report to the Secretary General.

Ambassador Gerard Stoudmann visited Crimea during the period 25-31 January.

The purpose of the mission was to objectively assess the human rights and rule of law situation in the peninsula and to prepare a report containing recommendations in a number of key areas within the Council of Europe mandate.