Ukraine is indignant at the Council of Europe Secretary General’s silence about the human rights problems in Crimea

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The Ukrainian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is indignant at the position of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland about the human rights in the occupied Ukrainian territory.

This was announced by the Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, PACE delegate Irina Gerashchenko.

According to her, the negative reaction of the Ukrainian delegates is due to the absence of the Secretary General’s annual report on the human rights violations in Donbas and Crimea.

“The report does not contain a single word about the violation of fundamental human rights in the annexed Crimea and the occupied Donbas. It does not mention tortures and arrests of Crimean Tatars, hostages, violations of the rights to life, freedom of expression and security,” wrote Gerashchenko in Facebook.

According to Ms. Gerashchenko, Jagland said that information on the status of observance of human rights in Crimea and Donbas was not included into the annual report because the report consisted of only the information received from the special monitoring missions of the Council of Europe. “And due to the fact that the missions were not allowed to Crimea and Donbas in the past year, there was no information about this in the report,” Gerashchenko expressed the words of the Secretary General.

“It’s just a horror! He answered very shaky, and his position excites indignation. It turns out that if the Russian Federation closed the occupied territories for the world, the Council of Europe will now be silent about victimizing Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, doesn’t it? It’s just a shame. Our delegation will write a letter with indignation at that position,” said Gerashchenko.

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