On November 17th, the Third Committee of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly adopted a draft updated resolution "The situation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine."
"We welcome the adoption of the draft of the updated Crimean resolution at the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. We are grateful to the UN member states that co-sponsored and voted in favor of this document. The adoption of this resolution by the UN General Assembly in December will further consolidate Ukraine's international support on the path to restoring our territorial integrity", - said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
He added that the Ukrainian diplomats will continue consolidating international pressure on the Russian Federation to accelerate the de-occupation of the Crimean peninsula.
A resolution on human rights situation in Crimea is tabled for the sixth consecutive year. Every year the document is supplemented with new facts about gross violations of international law and human rights on the peninsula by the Russian Federation as an occupying Power.
This year's key new elements include the title of the resolution reflecting the status of Crimea as a temporarily occupied peninsula, supporting cooperation within the Crimea Platform, emphasizing Russia's responsibility to respect the rights of Crimean Tatars as the indigenous people of Crimea, and revoking Crimean Tatar leaders in absentia.
The document calls on Russia to stop unjustified detentions and arrests of Crimean residents, demands the release of illegally detained Ukrainian citizens, including Emir-Usein Kuku, Halyna Dovhopola, Server Mustafayev, Vladyslav Yesypenko, Nariman Dzhelyal and others.
It is emphasized that the build-up of military units in the temporarily occupied Crimea and the numerous exercises of the Russian armed forces are causing significant long-term negative consequences in the region, in particular complicating the fundamental rights of the civilian population.
The draft resolution emphasizes Russia's responsibility as an occupying Power in providing Crimean residents with freshwater and safe drinking water.
The document condemns Russia's illegal actions to destroy or transfer Ukraine's cultural and natural heritage located in Crimea. The international community states that such actions are aimed at the purposeful erasure of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar cultural identity from the ethnocultural landscape of the peninsula.
There is a call for Russia to stop the policy of forcible change of the demographic composition of the population of Crimea. The document condemns the All-Russian population census in Crimea conducted by the Russian Federation, the legitimacy of which with regard to Crimea is not recognized.
The resolution will become an official UN document after the final vote in the UN General Assembly in December.