Resolution 2112 (2016) «The humanitarian concerns with regard to people captured during the war in Ukraine»

21 April 2016 Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

The resolution is a response to Russia’s illegal actions in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. The Assembly recognizes that all such actions aimed at annexing Crimea had been in a blatant violation of international law, including the UN Charter and the OSCE Helsinki Final Act. Violations of the Budapest Memorandum and the CoE Statute are also recorded. Concerns are expressed about Russia’s increasing military presence on the border with Ukraine. Russia’s allegations of oppression of Russian speakers by Ukraine are refuted. The document expresses serious concern about ensuring the rights of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars. As a result, the Russian delegation is sanctioned by stripping its delegation of voting rights and the right to participate in the governing bodies of the Assembly. The decision isthe first one to impose sanctions, which had important political and symbolic significance for the efforts to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine. PACE demands remain unfulfilled by Russia.