UN committee adopts resolution on human rights violations in Crimea

Russia's representative to UN Vasily Nebenzya. Phot. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Third Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) has approved the resolution on violating human rights in occupied Crimea.

It is the third time that the Committee which is engaged in social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues has endorsed such resolution.

The document was backed by 67 delegations (mostly European countries and the USA), 87 nations abstained, 26 countries countries voted against: Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nicaragua, the Russian Federation, Serbia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.

Thus, the United Nations General Assembly will consider two resolutions on Ukraine at the 73rd session in December: one that focuses on the violation of human rights in Crimea and the other on the militarization of the Sea of Azov.

International organizations recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea illegal and condemned Russia’s actions. Western countries imposed a number of economic sanctions on Russia. The Kremlin denies fact of the occupation and calls it ‘restoring historical justice’.


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