PACE condemns the Russian elections in Crimea

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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has adopted two resolutions in support of Ukraine.

The resolutions were adopted by a majority vote on October 12.

In particular, it is about the resolutions “The remedies in cases of human rights violations in the Ukrainian territories outside the control of the Ukrainian authorities”, prepared by rapporteur Marieluise Beck and “The political consequences of the Russian aggression in Ukraine” (initially called “The Political consequences of the crisis in Ukraine), by rapporteur and Czech MP Kristýna Zelienková.

PACE once again condemns the unlawful annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and calls on Moscow to withdraw its troops from Ukraine in “The political consequences of the Russian aggression in Ukraine”.

In the document entitled “The remedies in cases of human rights violations in the Ukrainian territories outside the control of the Ukrainian authorities” PACE expresses deep concern over the situation of human rights in the occupied Crimea and Donbass and calls upon the Russian authorities to guarantee protection of fundamental rights and freedoms for all the inhabitants of those territories.

In addition, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe amended a resolution concerning Ukraine, calling on European countries to maintain the sanctions until the restoration of the sovereignty of Ukraine. By another one amendment PACE condemns the illegal elections to the State Duma, held on the territory of the occupied Crimea on September 18.

“Including the Ukrainian sovereign territory into a single federal electoral district and creating four single-member constituencies on the territory of Crimea is a blunt violation of international law which effectively compromised the legitimacy of the Russian parliament,” stated the amendment.

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