The UN General Assembly approved the Resolution on the situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine) on Monday the 19th of December.
The voting took place during the 65th plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York. “The result of the voting is as follows: 70 votes for the Resolution, 26 against and 77 abstain,” said the Chairman of the meeting of the General Assembly.
Angola, Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Eritrea, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Southern Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe voted against the Resolution.
The document condemns the serious violations and abuses against the inhabitants of Crimea, including extrajudicial killings, kidnappings, disappearances, politically motivated criminal harassment, discrimination, intimidation, violence, torture and other violations of human rights in Crimea. The resolution calls on Russia as the occupying power to adhere to their obligations under international law and immediately release Ukrainian citizens illegally detained and sentenced without regard to the fundamental norms of Justice.
The Resolution also contains an appeal to the Office of the High Commissioner for human rights to prepare a report on the situation on the Crimean peninsula. Inter alia, the Resolution refers to the need to ensure that Russia as the occupying power will make Crimea accessible for any international human rights defenders, including those acting under the aegis of the UN.