UN General Assembly Adopts Updated Resolution on Human Rights Situation in Occupied Crimea, Sevastopol

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Canan Kevser
17 December 2020, 10:34
Canan Kevser
17 December 2020, 10:34

The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday adopted an updated Resolution “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine.”

The voting took place at the UN headquarters in New York on December 16.

A total of 64 countries have backed the updated text of the resolution, 23 countries voted against it, and 86 abstained.

Which Countries Voted Against?

Angola, Armenia, Belarus, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Philippines, Serbia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.

About the Resolution

The resolution underscores that Russia continues to discriminate against the inhabitants of the peninsula: Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and persons belonging to other ethnic and religious groups.

It condemns human rights abuses in the occupied Crimea, the attempted annexation and the temporary occupation of the peninsula by Russia.

The document also draws attention to the imposition of Russian citizenship on Crimeans, conduct of illegal election campaigns and votes, changes in the demographic composition of the Crimean population and suppression of national identity.

The updated resolution condemns the illegal establishment of Russian jurisdiction and administration in Crimea. It is emphasised that the agencies and officials of the Russian Federation established in the temporarily occupied Crimea are illegal and should be exclusively referred to as “occupation authorities of the Russian Federation.”

Earlier on December 7, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) backedthe updated draft resolution titled: “Problem of the militarisation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.”