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UN adopts Ukrainian resolution on abuse of human rights in Crimea

The document was supported by 67 countries, 26 stood against it and 82 countries abstained
14:36, 16 November 2018

Middle East Monitor

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly responsible for the social, cultural and humanitarian issues has adopted the resolution on the abuse of the human rights in Crimea occupied by Russia as Interfax reported.

The resolution “State in human rights sphere in Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, Ukraine” prepared by the Ukrainian side was supported by 67 countries this year, 26 countries stood against it and 82 abstained from the voting.

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Belarus, Bolivia, Burundi, Venezuela, Armenia, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Sudan, Tadzhikistan, Syria, Uganda and Uzbekistan.

The document provides that since 2014, the Russian occupation authorities use tortures to get the false confessions during the politically motivated processes. The document also emphasized the necessity for the urgent release of the Ukrainian citizens who were illegally detained or convicted as well as those who were transferred or deported through internationally recognized borders from Crimea to the Russian Federation. Particularly, the cases of the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, activist Volodymyr Balukh and Crimean Tatar Emir-Usein Kuku were mentioned.

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The resolution also urges all international organization to use the formulation “Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city, Ukraine, temporarily occupied by Russian Federation” at the mention of Crimea in its official documents, messages and publications and recommends to do the same to all state and other international organizations.

The document contains the urges to Russia to create and maintain the safe conditions for the journalists and mass media workers, human right activists and defense lawyers; to stop the practice of the coercion of the Crimean citizens to serve in the armed or supplementary forces of Russia; to stop the deportation of the Ukrainian citizens from Crimea for the refusal from the Russian citizenship and discrimination against Crimean citizens.

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Moreover, the committee urges Russia to assume all necessary measures to promptly stop the violations and abuse of the human rights against Crimean citizens and respect the laws acting in Ukraine and abolish the laws introduced in Crimea by Russia, which allow to carry out the forcible deportation and confiscation of the private property in Crimea in the violation of the norms of the international law.

According to the resolution, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly also condemns the illegal establishment of the Russian laws, legislation and governance in occupied Crimea and demands from Russia to observe the commitments in the international right toward the respect of the rules acted in crime before the occupation.

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In addition, it is necessary to promptly abolish the decision on the declaration of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars as the extremist organization and ban of its activity and provide the access to the education in Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages.

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly strongly urges the Russian Federation to provide proper and unhindered access of the international missions to Crimea, including all places where the imprisoned persons can be held, recognizing that the international presence in crime has the primary importance for the prevention of the further deterioration of the situation.

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On November 14, David Stulik, the spokesperson of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine stated that the delegation monitors the developments in annexed Crimea.

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