UN, 18 November. / TASS /. The third committee of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution proposed by Ukraine condemning violations of human rights allegedly recorded in Crimea. 63 countries voted for the resolution, 85 abstained and 22 voted against. Such a document has been reviewed annually since 2016 and is not binding.
The resolution, in particular, calls on Russia "to take all necessary measures to immediately put an end to all violations and abuses against the residents of Crimea." These include "discriminatory measures and methods, arbitrary detention and arrest, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, sexual and gender-based violence, including with the aim of forcing detainees to testify against themselves or" cooperate "with law enforcement agencies" …
An appeal was made to Moscow "to abolish the laws introduced in Crimea by the Russian Federation and allowing for the forced eviction and confiscation of private property, including land, in Crimea in violation of applicable international law."
The resolution also "urges the Russian Federation to respect the right to freedom of religion or belief and guarantee its implementation by all residents of Crimea, including, in particular, parishioners of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Crimean Tatars professing Islam and [a religious organization banned in Russia]" Jehovah's Witnesses. "
During the discussion of the document, Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gennady Kuzmin said that "shedding" crocodile tears "about the Crimeans, the co-authors of the resolution have been trying for several years to punish the population of Crimea for their free choice in favor of Russia."
“The population of Crimea has realized the right to self-determination enshrined in the UN Charter through a free, peaceful vote that meets all international standards,” he recalled. “Any discussions around the reunification of the peninsula with the Russian Federation are meaningless.”
"Russia guarantees the provision of human rights throughout its territory, including Crimea," Kuzmin stressed.
He also pointed out that "since 2014, the United States and European countries have been implementing illegal unilateral sanctions aimed specifically at infringing on the interests of the Crimeans." “I don’t even want to talk about Ukraine,” he added. “How did Kiev show“ concern ”for Crimeans? Let me remind you. In the winter of 2015, Kiev stopped supplying electricity to 575 settlements in which almost half of the population of the peninsula lived. Since April 2014, year and the water supply through the North Crimean canal, which provided 85% of the water supply of the Republic of Crimea, is still shut off. "
On March 11, 2014, the Supreme Council of Crimea and the Sevastopol City Council, against the backdrop of a political crisis and a change of government in Ukraine, adopted a declaration of independence for Crimea and Sevastopol. On March 16, a referendum was held on the peninsula with a turnout of more than 80%, as a result of which 96.77% of the voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of Sevastopol voted for reunification with Russia. On March 18, a document was signed on the admission of new subjects to the Russian Federation. Despite the convincing results of the referendum, Ukraine refused to recognize the reunification of Crimea with Russia.