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Ukraine submits updated draft UN resolution on human rights in Crimea

UN Third Committee is scheduled to vote on Voting on the resolution in mid-November.

Ukraine submits updated draft UN resolution on human rights in Crimea
Photo: Photo: presidential press service

An updated draft resolution on human rights in Russia-occupied Crimea, which Ukraine officially submitted on Tuesday to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly received indubitable support of more than three dozen co-sponsor countries.

"The Ukrainian delegation submitted to the secretariat of the Third Committee of the Ukrainian General Assembly an updated draft resolution titled 'Human rights situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, Ukraine', co-authored by 34 countries," the spokesman for Ukraine's Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Oleh Nikolenko told Ukrinform on 31 October.

Nikolenko said that the Third Committee is scheduled to vote on the resolution in for mid-November. It is expected that the document will be put to a general vote in the General Assembly in December.

"The updated resolution aims to consolidate the support of Ukraine on the issue of de-occupation of Ukrainian peninsula. In particular, it contains a requirement to Russia to implement temporary measures of Ukrainian orders concerning the abolition of the ban the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, and emphasizes the need for school training in Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages," said the diplomat.

The document also stresses "the need for access of international organizations to the occupied Crimea".

Last November, the UN passed by an overwhelming majority a resolution on the situation with human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine), in which Russia is recognized as an occupying country.

In September, the Office of the UN High Commissioner (UNHCHR) issued a report stating that since the Crimea's occupation by Russia in 2014, the situation in the field of human rights has significantly deteriorated.