Russian presidential Human Rights Council asks for Crimean Field Mission to be removed from 'patriotic stop list'

The Russian presidential Human Rights Council has addressed the Prosecutor General's Office, the Federation Council, the Justice Ministry, and the Foreign Ministry asking them to remove the informal association known as the Crimean Field Mission from the list of 'undesirable organizations'.

The Russian presidential Human Rights Council has addressed the Prosecutor General's Office, the Federation Council, the Justice Ministry, and the Foreign Ministry asking them to remove the informal association known as the Crimean Field Mission from the list of 'undesirable organizations'.

"The Russian presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights addressed the Prosecutor General's Office, the Justice Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, and the Federation Council today [on July 13] to ask them not to include the informal association of human rights activists, the Crimean Field Mission, in the list of 'undesirable organizations'," the council said in a statement posted on its website on July 14.

The Human Rights Council decided on July 9 to address the Prosecutor General's Office in light of the Crimean Field Mission's inclusion in the so-called 'patriotic stop list'.

"It is unknown to us how an informal association could have been put on the list of potentially 'undesirable organizations' and why. The participants in the meeting agreed in the near future to prepare an address with this question to the Prosecutor General's Office on the Human Rights Council's behalf," it said.

Participants in a meeting of a working group for the development of civil society and human rights in Crimea noted that the Crimean Field Mission on Human Rights was established in March 2014, and it has been part of its plan from the very start that human rights activists would travel to Crimea at their own expense to monitor the human rights situation there.

The Federation Council demanded on July 8 that the Prosecutor General's Office, the Foreign Ministry, and the Justice Ministry scrutinize 12 foreign non-governmental organizations acting in Russian territory for their compliance with Russian law. The so-called 'patriotic stop list' drawn up by the Federation Council members currently includes 12 foreign non-governmental organizations, a majority of them having some relation to the U.S.

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