A key UN Committee approved a resolution on human rights violations in Crimea, which opens the way to a vote and likely approval of the document on Genassamblee UN.
In the night of Wednesday Genassamblei the third Committee of the United Nations adopted a resolution to condemn the situation with human rights in Crimea and calls on Russia to allow international observers Peninsula, reports TASS.
Voted for the document 73 countries, including USA, UK, Canada and European Union countries. 23 States voted against, including Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Venezuela, China, North Korea, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Syria, and Uzbekistan. 76 abstained.
The four-page document condemns “human rights abuses, discriminatory measures and practices against the inhabitants of the Crimea”, including “the Crimean Tatars, but also Ukrainians and persons belonging to other ethnic and religious groups”. The text is addressed to the authorities of the Russian Federation to “take all necessary measures to put an immediate end to all human rights violations against the inhabitants of Crimea”.
In addition, the resolution demands the “immediate cancel” passed by the Supreme court of the Russian Federation on 26 April 2016, the decision on recognition as extremist public organization “the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people”.
The resolution was developed by the Ukraine. Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Sorrel called it the main goal to ensure access to Crimea for international mechanisms for monitoring human rights, reports RIA “Novosti”.
Russia at the meeting of the Committee submitted to the Director of the Department for humanitarian cooperation and human rights Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Anatoly Viktorov. He said that the adopted document “has nothing to do with the real state of Affairs in the Crimea, nor with the opinion and interests of the residents of the Peninsula”. “Sure, that many Ukrainians would prefer to live as now live Crimeans, that is, in peace, sustained economic development and social protection. It is now the situation in Crimea, despite the attempts of Kiev, so much preoccupied with the rights of more than 2 million inhabitants of the Peninsula, to organize its water, energy and food blockade,” – said the diplomat.
Crimea joined Russia, during a rapidly organized referendum in the spring of 2014. For joining voted more than 96% of participants of plebiscite. Ukraine and many Western countries consider recent annexation of the Peninsula.