The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine welcomes the adoption of the annual resolution “The Situation of Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, Ukraine”, passed by the UN General Assembly. This is stated in the press service of the Foreign Ministry.
"This decision is another evidence of the international community's firm support of the need to respect human rights in the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. The General Assembly stated that the human rights situation on the Ukrainian peninsula is rapidly deteriorating, and the Russian Federation continues to grossly violate the occupier’s own obligations. The delegations condemned the Russian Federation’s failure to comply with the previous General Assembly resolutions 71/205 and 72/190, approved in 2016 and 2017, respectively," says the statement of the Foreign Ministry.
Kyiv demanded that the aggressor state stop arbitrariness in the temporarily occupied territory and ensure compliance with international law, release all illegally detained, including political prisoners Oleg Sentsov, Volodymyr Balukh and Emir Usein Kuku.
65 countries voted in favor of the document; 27 voted against and 70 abstained.
The UN document expresses deep concerns about the reports of torture by Russian prison workers and “beating out” the testimony in politically motivated cases against the defendants and other political prisoners.
The resolution calls to secure human rights and basic freedoms of the unlawfully sentenced prisoners, both in the occupied Crimea and the Russian territory. The document stresses that the Kremlin prisoners should have the right for medical care, doctors and experts of international organizations should have access to them to monitor their health.
‘The General Assembly calls to follow, in accordance with the international law, the rights of the Ukrainian prisoners and detainees in Crimea and the Russian Federation, including their release, especially those who declared a hunger strike. It calls for respect of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Nelson Mandela Rules),’ reads the document.
The resolution also calls for granting access to the Ukrainian consuls and ombudsman to all Ukrainian political prisoners in the occupied Crimea and the Russian Federation, according to the Vienna Convention.
This is the third Ukraine-initiated UN resolution on the state of human rights in Crimea, adopted by the General Assembly over the past two years.