40 countries supported a joint statement on the human rights situation in the illegally annexed Crimea at the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council. The Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva reported about the position expressed at the event. The message expresses gratitude to the states that supported the unlimited access to human rights monitoring mechanisms on the annexed peninsula. https://twitter.com/UKRinUNOG/status/1176147929855332353 According to the statement, the states reaffirmed their support for the territorial integrity, political independence, unity and sovereignty of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, which “continues to be violated as a result of the ongoing temporary occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea,” and also called for full respect for the rights of all Crimean residents. “The Russian Federation must uphold human rights in Crimea, respect its obligations as an Occupying Power under IHL international humanitarian law, and grant full and unimpeded access to Crimea for international and regional monitoring mechanisms,” reads the joint statement. Earlier, QHA media reported about the conclusions and recommendations of the UN report on the situation of human rights in Crimea saying that during the reporting period, the organization “could not find a mutually acceptable formula to ensure access to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Crimea.” The report calls on the Kremlin to respect the right to peaceful assembly and remove restrictions imposed on the Crimean Tatar community, including a ban on the activities of the Mejlis, in order to preserve its representative institutions. In August, Ukraine’s UN Charge d'Affaires Yuri Vitrenko at a UN Security Council meeting spoke about the persecution of believers of all faiths and confessions except the Moscow Patriarchate in the Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia. He also noted that a cathedral in Simferopol was taken from the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Crimea.