November 14, at the meeting of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, an updated draft resolution on human rights in the annexed Crimea was adopted, according to the message of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN.
As a result of voting, 71 countries favored the adoption of the document, 25 were against and 77 abstained. Among those who voted against were Belarus, Venezuela and a number of other countries.
At a meeting of the Committee, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Sergei Kislitsa, who is a member of the Ukrainian delegation in New York, noted that Russia continued to violate its obligations as an occupying state in the Crimea.
According to him, Crimea residents live in fear of being labeled as extremists, terrorists or Ukrainian spies, which means criminal prosecution for them.
In turn, the Russian representative called the document "divorced from reality" and another attempt by Ukraine to change the status of the Crimea "in spite of the people's decision in the Crimea adopted in the referendum."
The leader of the Crimean Tatar people, People's Deputy of Ukraine Mustafa Dzhemilev and Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz participated in the UN General Assembly meeting as part of the Ukrainian delegation.
Previously, at the end of last year, the UN adopted resolutions on the situation with human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine) by an overwhelming majority vote. Then, at the time of the first vote in the Third Committee (November 15), the document was supported by 73 countries, 26 voted against. Later, on December 19, the UN General Assembly finally adopted the document, which was supported by 70 UN member states, and 26 remained "against".
According to the procedure, a simple majority of the votes of the voting states is required for the approval of the document.
QHA reported that Ukraine has prepared a number of initiatives aimed at increasing international pressure on Russia in connection with the repression organized by it in the occupied Crimea.