: Russia persecutes Crimean Tatars – Council of Europe

18:23 Apr. 28, 2016

Russia persecutes Crimean Tatars – Council of Europe

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CoE Committee of Ministers has adopted a document that condemns Kremlin's actions on peninsula

The situation with the human rights in Russia-occupied Crimea continues to worsen. This includes denial of freedom of speech and the repressions against the local minorities. Europe calls on the Kremlin to comply with the international human rights standards.

This is according to the official document, adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on April 27. The full text of the decision has been published on the institution's website.

"The deputies expressed their deep concern at the deterioration of the human rights situation on the Crimean peninsula, including the denial of freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of religion and belief, and the repression against persons belonging to minorities", the statement read.

The deputies also condemn the recent ban of Crimian Tatars Mejlis. "We deeply deplore that the Mejlis has been qualified as an "extremist organisation", and its activities prohibited, by the so-called "Highest Court of Crimea", they said.

Read also Crimean Tatar leader introduces 'emergency state' for Mejlis

The Committee urges Russia to grant international observers access to the occupied peninsula. "This would be the next step to address the deterioration of human rights and fundamental freedoms".

The Council of Europe and various human rights group have repeatedly criticized Moscow's policy towards the Crimean Tatars. PACE rapporteurs earlier said Russia wanted to ban Mejlis because it opposed the Kremlin.

Human Rights Watch recently published a report on Crimea. The organisation claimed Russian authorities created a climate of fear and repression on the occupied peninsula.

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