NEW YORK (QHA) -

Representatives of 73 countries voted in favour of the document, 23 - against, and 76 - abstained.

The main body of the most authoritative international organization in the world strongly condemned the persecution of all those who oppose the occupation of Crimea by Russia and does not agree with the Kremlin's policy on the peninsula.

“General Assembly condemns human rights abuses, discriminatory measures and practices against residents of the temporarily occupied Crimea, including the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians, as well as persons belonging to other ethnic and religious groups, by the Russian occupation authorities."

In addition, the international community represented by the UN General Assembly directly called Russia a country-occupier and demanded that Russia cancel the prohibition of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people and ensure independent and fair courts, where detainees could assert their rights in accordance with the law.

UN General Assembly urges the Russian Federation:

a) fulfill all its obligations as an occupant under applicable international law;

b) take all necessary measures to put an immediate end to all human rights abuses against residents of Crimea, in particular, indicated in the reports discriminatory measures and practices, arbitrary detentions, tortures and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and to cancel all discriminatory legislation;

c) immediately release Ukrainian citizens who were illegally detained and sentenced without regard to basic norms of justice, as well as those who have been transferred through the internationally recognized borders of Crimea to the Russian Federation;

d) solve the problem of impunity and ensure that those found guilty of human rights abuses are brought to justice before an independent court;

e) establish and maintain a safe and supportive environment for journalists and human rights defenders, in order to enable them to carry out their work in Crimea independently and without undue interference;

f) allow reopening cultural and religious institutions;

g) immediately revoke the decision to declare the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people extremist organization and prohibit its activities, and to annul the decision on the prohibition of entry into the territory of the Crimea for the Mejlis leaders;

h) immediately start to fully cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Council of Europe on Human Rights in Crimea.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin wrote on his Twitter that the arbitrary actions must be prevented on the peninsular:

“UN Resolution on human rights in Crimea adopted. World’s been clear to occupant: no gray zone of lawlessness and human rights abuses in Ukrainian Crimea,” he posted.

It should be noted that the adopted document is not only the initiative of Ukraine, but also dozens of other UN member states, according to official Twitter account of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry:

“Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Sergiy Kyslytsya: 41 member states of the United Nations are co-authors of Ukrainian resolution on the human rights situation in Crimea,” reads the statement. 

Earlier, the official delegation from Belarus tried unsuccessfully to block the consideration of human rights in Crimea at a meeting of the specialized Committee of the UN General Assembly.

However, representatives of 101 countries opposed the Belarus initiative, 37 delegations abstained from discussing the agenda for the meeting, and only 32 countries supported the idea of Minsk. The latter included the states economically dependent on Russia, and third world countries. The Belarusian initiative was supported only by co-founders of the Russian Federation on the BRICS - India and China, as well as Egypt, Indonesia and North Korea. 

Among Muslim countries the resolution was supported by the Turkish Republic - despite the normalization of its relations with Russia - as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Some countries did not support the brotherly Muslim people in Crimea. Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Armenia did not support the resolution, as well as Syria, being a Russian ally in the civil war against the Syrian opposition.

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