On January 31, 2016, the Council of Europe’s human rights mission headed by Gerard Stoudman, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Human Rights in Crimea, wrapped up its visit and left Crimea where it stayed since January 26. Mr Stoudman and three of his colleagues succeeded in changing dramatically the program of their stay suggested by the occupation authorities. In particular, they met with Mejlis members, representatives of a number of Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian NGOs, human rights defenders and journalists, wrote Chubarov on his Facebook page.
Chubarov also thanked Turbiern Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, who did his best to make the visit happen.
“We would like to thank the state of Ukraine for making it possible for the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and persons he was accompanied by to visit temporarily occupied Crimea. Mejlis senior members will further work to ensure that a human rights monitoring mission permanently operates in occupied Crimea,” said Chubarov.