After a 7-day visit to Crimea, the Council of Europe’s human rights mission to Crimea has returned to Strasbourg, says a message posted on the Council of Europe’s website.

“Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today informed the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers that the delegation met representatives from all sectors in Crimea. More than 50 meetings were held in several locations including Simferopol, Yalta, Sebastopol and Bakhchisaray,” reads the message.

According to the message, Swiss diplomat Ambassador Gérard Stoudmann Stoudmann, who led the mission, was able to visit Mr Chiygoz, Vice Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, who is imprisoned in Simferopol.

“On the basis of the extensive amount of information gathered during the visit to Crimea, Ambassador Stoudmann and his delegation will prepare a comprehensive report to the Secretary General”, the message says.

The purpose of the mission, which stayed in Crimea from January 25 to January 31, was to objectively assess the human rights and rule of law situation in the peninsula.