The UN General Assembly endorsed the resolution ‘Situation with the human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city, Ukraine’, earlier introduced by the official Kyiv authority. Ukrinform news agency reported that.
65 countries voted in favor of the document, 27 – against and 70 abstained.
The UN document expresses deep concerns about the reports of torture by Russian prison workers and “beating out” testimony in politically motivated cases against defendants and other political prisoners.
The UN resolution mentions the names of political prisoners from Crimea, Oleg Sentsov, Volodymyr Balukh and Emir-Usein Kuku.
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, according to the Vienna Convention, access to the Ukrainian consuls and ombudsman to all Ukrainian political prisoners in the occupied Crimea and the Russian Federation.
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.