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 "I Do Not Understand the Status of Crimean Local Defense" - Commissioner for Human Rights

First official representative of the Council of Europe visited Crimea after its annexation by Russia. Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks paid a visit to the peninsula.

This is reported by Censor.NET citing TV channel Dozhd.

Mujzhnieks visited Simferopol and Bakhchysarai, where he met with leaders of NGOs, religious organizations, and journalists. He also held meetings with the leaders of the Crimean Tatars, the Crimean government representatives, General prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaia, and head of Crimea Sergey Aksenov.

"The main topic of our discussions was the situation with the Crimean Tatars. This is a nation with a very tragic history. I called on the authorities to pay close attention to human rights violations in Crimea. I do not understand the status of the local defense forces. I think they should be disbanded. During the visit, I learned of two murders and three disappearances in Crimea," Neil Mujzhnieks said.

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In addition, he noted the need to establish a contact group to investigate these cases.

"It is important to carefully examine all the facts, including video evidence of how people in the uniforms of local defense forces take people away," he stressed.

The Mejlis seeks a special mission of the United Nations to be sent to Crimea, which would ensure the rights of the Crimean Tatars.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n309220