Council of Europe: in Crimea, the occupiers have significantly restricted the right of Assembly and public activity

Changes in legislation on registration of public organizations and mass actions have led to a significant reduction in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the occupied Russian Federation Crimea and Ukrainian have significantly restricted the right to Assembly of citizens.

This is stated in the report of the mission of the Council of Europe in Crimea, which was submitted on Thursday 14 April at the COE Committee of Ministers, reports «European true».

In the Council of Europe noted that all of the Crimean non-governmental organizations are forced to go through the process of re-registration after March 2014.

«Now in Crimea 2 833 registered non-governmental organization. Many of them are still in the process of re-registration, 331 received the refusal to register in 2015», – stated in the document.

The Council of Europe observers noted that the decrease in the number of non-governmental organizations is primarily due to the complexity of the new legislation that is particularly complex and demanding in the context of compliance with administrative procedures, and that was the main reason for the reduction in the number of public organizations.

«The delegation is under the impression that re-registration had a negative impact on the public sector on the Crimean Peninsula,» said the report.

In its recommendations, the Council of Europe notes that «registration of public organizations must be made on a non-discriminatory basis and without unreasonable obstacles.»

The Council of Europe also noted the weakness of Crimean public organizations in the current environment.

«After a meeting with NGO representatives in the office of the Ombudsman Krimskogo the representatives of the delegation salicylici serious doubts about the independence of many of them,» the report said.

The Council of Europe also raised the issue of the limitation of the right to freedom of Assembly, particularly of opposition activists and Crimean Tatars. The delegation in its conclusions, noted that despite the fact that in the second half of 2015 on the Peninsula occurred more than 1000 mass actions, «their number is not allows to speak about absence of politically motivated decisions (refusal) when processing applications for holding rallies and mass actions».

The Council of Europe noted that permission to hold rallies and other public gatherings should also be provided «without unreasonable obstacles.»

Earlier it was reported that the Council of Europe has warned about the possibility of «a new round of repression» in the Crimea.

We will remind that the special representative of the CE Secretary General Gerard Studman headed the official delegation from 26 to 31 January was in the annexed Crimea to assess the situation on human rights on the Peninsula.

Note that the background report presented today by the visit of the mission of the Council of Europe to the Crimea I should add that yesterday, April 13, the President occupying the Prosecutor’s office of the Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya took the decision to suspend the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars. Crimean lawyer Cemil Temishev was preparing to challenge in court the decision of the Kremlin appointed by the Prosecutor on the termination of activity of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people as an «extremist» organization.

In turn the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appealed to the international community to ban the Majlis, noting that the only way to stop this tyranny is to stop the annexation of the Peninsula and fully to withdraw from the Russian occupation forces.

The world also condemns the decision of the occupiers of the Crimea to ban the Mejlis.

Council of Europe: in Crimea, the occupiers have significantly restricted the right of Assembly and public activity 14.04.2016

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