The report was presented by the Council of Europe Ambassador Gerard Stoudmann, who was on a seven-day visit to Crimea on behalf of the Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, UNIAN reports.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe has sent Stoudmann to Crimea in relation to human rights on January 2016 at the request of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe member States, as well as after the political consultations with the governments of Ukraine and the Russian Federation. The delegation was in Crimea on January 25 - 31 and was not involved in issues related to the status of Crimea.
“The most important conclusion of the report is that it is necessary to reopen the peninsula for monitoring structures of the Council of Europe and other relevant international mechanisms,” Stoudmann stated.
The Ambassador also stressed that "it is neither normal nor acceptable when the population of 2.5 million people is beyond the reach of the human rights mechanisms established for the protection of all Europeans."
It was reported earlier that the self-proclaimed "Crimean Prosecutor" Natalia Poklonskaya made a decision "to suspend the activities of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars" referring to the articles 9 and 10 of the Federal Law "On Countering Extremist Activity." The decision of the "Prosecutor's Office of Crimea" was sent to the Russia’s Ministry of Justice for its inclusion in the general list of public and religious associations, whose activities are suspended in the territory of the Russian Federation and occupied Crimea. The decision "to suspend the activities of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars" will be in effect until the so-called Crimean Supreme Court’s decision in Poklonskaya’s action is delivered.