Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Planning Trip to Occupied Crimea
Dunja Mijatović has publicly stated her intention to visit the Russian occupied peninsula
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Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović has said she is planning to visit Russian-occupied Crimea.
“In relation to some declarations that are circulating through the media and online concerning my visit to Crimea, I wish to stress that I am indeed planning to go to Crimea but for the time being this remains to be confirmed. There are many issues that need to be clarified in order for me to do human rights work in the peninsula,” she wrote on Facebook as reported by Ukrinform.
This year, the commissioner’s schedule of international visits includes trips to Turkey and Azerbaijan in July. Mijatović noted in her speech at the PACE session in April of 2019 that she was also planning to visit Ukraine and Russia this year.
The legal visit of any person to occupied Crimea is regulated by a special procedure by the Ukrainian government and can be carried out only by crossing the Ukrainian administrative boundary line with the peninsula. Any person who violates this protocol by entering occupied Crimea from Russia can receive a ban on visiting Ukraine unless an exception, as in the case of Russian human rights lawyer Mark Feygin, has been granted prior to entry.