The illegal Russian occupation of Crimea is not recognized by the Council of Europe
The Council of Europe condemns human rights violations in Crimea and does not recognize Russia’s illegal occupation of the peninsula, as stated in a decision by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, based on the Secretary General’s report on the human rights situation in Crimea.
“The Committee of Ministers condemned human rights violations committed by Russian occupiers against ethnic Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars, and other residents of the temporarily occupied Crimea in a decision based on a report by Council of Europe Secretary General Maria Peichinovych Burych. “The Committee of Ministers has confirmed that it does not recognize the Russian Federation’s illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol,” says the statement.
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has expressed grave concern that the Russian Federation has consistently refused to allow the Commissioner for Human Rights and other regional or international human rights monitoring bodies to visit Crimea in a safe and unimpeded way.