On February 26, 2020, an online seminar “Challenges Facing NGOs in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations” was held under the auspices of the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organizations of the Council of Europe. Issues of unresolved conflicts on the European continent, which threaten security, unity and democratic governance and lead to mass violations of human rights, were discussed by representatives of governments, human rights defenders and the expert community of the Council of Europe member States. Professor Borys Babin, an expert of the Association of Reintegration of Crimea, invited by this event organizers, took an active part in the discussion.
In particular, during the seminar he discussed with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, Mr. Clement Nyaletsossi Voule, the prospect of Rapporteur’s visiting Ukraine, including Crimea, taking into account the need to monitor and assess the mass violations of human rights on the peninsula. The UN Special Rapporteur confirmed to the seminar participants that he is currently planning a visit to Ukraine and that he conducts an active dialogue with the Ukrainian government on this issue, which agreed and is ready to provide the appropriate measures. At the same time, the constraints caused by the COVID pandemic and by the aggressor State’s destructive position, certainly complicate the Special Rapporteur’s practical ability to evaluate the violation of the right to peaceful assembly and association in the occupied Crimea. This issue, raised by the Association’s representative, was actively discussed by the participants of this seminar of the Council of Europe.