The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland once again criticized the sanctions against the Russian delegation to PACE. According to him, they have not led to positive changes, but only provoked a crisis in the Council of Europe.
In a speech to the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe January 22, Jagland stated that the deprivation of Russia’s voting rights in PACE “did not return Crimea to Ukraine” and “did not improve the situation with human rights in Russia”, the press centre of the Council of Europe.
The Secretary General called on the parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe “thoroughly work” on the explanation of rules and distribution of powers among authorities in order to “strengthen the credibility of the Organization.”
Jagland referred to the letter 59 Russian human rights activists, who asked him not to exclude Russia from the Council of Europe, as this would deprive citizens of the Russian Federation, in particular, opportunities to protect their rights in the European court of human rights.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe called on the parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers to adopt “a compromise solution”. He expressed confidence that the decision of the “Russian crisis” will become a “gift to Europe”.
Last year the Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland stated that the annexation of Crimea is not a sufficient reason to exclude Russia from the organization.
According to Jagland, Russia and other “problem” countries should remain part of the Council of Europe, as they do not violate the articles of the European Convention on human rights banning the death penalty, torture, forced labor, or slavery, and extrajudicial punishment.