The Council of Europe Commissioner for human rights Nils Muiznieks announced the cancellation of his visit to Russia, which was to be held in October. According to him, the trip has been cancelled due to restrictions from the Russian side.

During the visit it was planned to discuss a number of pressing problems in the field of human rights in Russia, said in a statement on the website of the Council of Europe. Muiznieks was going to visit Russia in the third week of October. The trip was discussed with Russian authorities the past few months.

The result Muiznieks made the decision to cancel his visit. “It is with deep regret that I must report that this visit will not take place due to the inappropriate restrictions that the Russian leadership wanted to impose my program”, – reads the statement of the Commissioner.

In particular, Muiznieks suggested to limit your visit 48 hours with just one full working day and to visit only in Moscow. In the opinion of the Commissioner, it is not enough for a thorough visit to the country. Muiznieks noted that in other member States of the Council of Europe, he meets with government officials, national human rights institutions, civil society and other contacts, as well as visiting places associated with human rights activities, including outside of Moscow.

Muiznieks stressed that applies to all countries the same standards. In his opinion, to meet the special conditions requested by the Russian authorities, it would be unfair in principle and ineffective to protect human rights in the Russian Federation.

Muiznieks also recalled that, according to the agreement, the authorities of member countries of the Council of Europe should assist the Commissioner in carrying out his work, the timely provision of requested information. The European official noted that Russia does not fulfill this obligation.

Thus Muiznieks has expressed hope that the government will change its position and will fully restore cooperation with his office. While the Commissioner is going to monitor the situation with human rights in Russia from afar.

The Council of Europe was created in 1949 to promote cooperation between the countries of Europe in the field of law, human rights, democratic development and law. Now an international organization composed of 47 States, including Russia.

The Council of Europe Commissioner for human rights has cancelled a visit to Russia because of Moscow extended the restrictions 11.10.2016

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