The Joint Statement, initiated by Ukraine, on the situation with human rights violations in the Russia-occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea has been proclaimed by 36 state-members Oct 30 in the framework of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.

The international community has once again expressed its deep concern over the situation in Crimea in connection with gross human rights violations by the occupation authorities of the peninsula, which is confirmed in the reports of the monitoring missions of international organizations.

UN states - members called on the Russian authorities to immediately cease all ethnicity harassment, abolish discriminatory laws, as well as immediately release illegally detained Ukrainian citizens, including the director Oleg Sentsov, as well as to conduct a transparent investigation into the murders and disappearances of the Crimean Tatars and social activists and attract those responsible for the crimes.

Co-authors of the statement emphasized the need for full access by international human rights missions to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol.

Publication of the Joint Statement confirmed continued international support of Ukraine's territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, and the requirements for the Russian Federation to stop gross and systematic violations of international law.