Part of Crimea report presented in Council of Europe distorts real situation – Chubarov

Part of the report on human rights in Crimea, presented at the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on April 13 does not show the real situation on the peninsula, according to Refat Chubarov, head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and MP from the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, who spoke at a briefing on Thursday.

”Our official comment will come next week, but I want to say that much of the conclusions do not show the situation that prevails in Crimea,” Chubarov said, according to an UaPosition correspondent.

He noted that the report should be an internal document of the Council of Europe, but it was made public anyway.

”There is no report of the Council of Europe, there is a Stoudmann report [Ambassador Gerard Stoudmann (Switzerland)], which has the status of an internal document. It was submitted to the Council of Ministers of the Council of Europe and published on its website. This report is highly controversial from our point of view. Neither the Russian side, nor the Ukrainian side liked it. And especially the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people didn`t like it,” Chubarov said.

According to the head of the Mejlis, the Ukrainian side believed that this report will be an internal paper, not for distribution, which would still be taken into account by the Council of Europe.

”But since the report became public, I suggested that the Foreign Ministry called on the entire public sector, especially civil society organizations dealing with internally displaced persons, human rights in Crimea to review their reports and the report of Mr Stoudmann. Let them also make their reports public,” said Chubarov.
He also believes that Stoudmann ”failed to maintain complete objectivity.”

”There are certain blocks, where I absolutely agree with him. For example, he names the threats that may arise if the Mejlis is banned. At the same time, Stoudmann concludes that the repressions in Crimea are not systemic in nature against the Crimean Tatar people, but carried out in relation to those people who are the opponents of the existing government. He forgets that the Crimea has no existing government, there are occupation forces in Crimea,” said Chubarov.

>As UaPosition reported earlier, the report on the state of human rights in Crimea, which was presented at the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on April 13 stressed the need to re-open Crimea to regular monitoring to safeguard the human rights of 2.5 million people

The speaker was Ambassador Gerard Stoudmann (Switzerland), who was in Crimea on a seven-day visit on behalf of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland.

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