UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN OCCUPIED CRIMEA
The UN General Assembly at a plenary session adopted the resolution on the situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea occupied by the Russian Federation.
65 countries voted in favour of the resolution, 23 countries voted against, and 83 abstained.
The main provisions of the resolution:
the demand for the Russian Federation to stop the policy of changing the demographic situation in the Crimea;
condemnation of the detention of activists in Crimea, in particular, representatives of the NGO "Crimean Solidarity";
a call to end the persecution and release those detained for voicing an opinion;
a call upon the Russian Federation to release all unlawfully detained Ukrainian citizens and to ensure their safe return to Ukraine;
condemning the practice of recruiting Crimean residents to serve in the Russian army.
Earlier the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated that in the occupied Crimea the rights of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars are "constantly violated". The Ministry stated that "at present time, no less than 35 Crimean Tatars have been detained on fabricated charges."
In turn, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Serhii Lavrov said on November 27 that information about the violation of human rights in the annexed Crimea was a fiction.
The United Nations has previously released the first report by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on human rights violations in annexed Crimea. The text of the report is published on the organization's website.
International organizations have declared the occupation and annexation of Crimea illegal and condemned actions of the Russian Federation. Western countries have imposed economic sanctions. The Russian Federation denies the annexation of the Peninsula and calls it "restoration of historical justice." The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has officially announced the date of occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation on February 20, 2014.