On December 19, the UN General Assembly approved by a majority vote a resolution condemning human rights violations in the Crimea, and calling Russia an "occupant power".
The General Assembly condemns "the temporary occupation by the Russian Federation of part of the territory of Ukraine - the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol". Also, the General Assembly noted Kyiv's efforts aimed at "putting an end to the Russian occupation of the Crimea," the website of the organization said.
The resolution calls on Russia to "put an end to all violations and infringements of human rights with respect to the residents of the Crimea."
Among them - arbitrary detention and torture. Also, Russia is asked to "respect the laws in operation in Ukraine and abolish the laws imposed in the Crimea."
Also, it is demanded from Russia to provide education in the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages and to cancel the decision on recognition of the "Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people" as an extremist organization.
The text of the resolution was proposed by Ukraine in co-authorship with 30 countries. The document was voted by 70 countries, including the countries of the European Union and the United States.
Twenty-six countries opposed it, including Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, the DPRK, Cuba, and others. Another 76 states abstained.
Resolution on Crimea, the UN General Assembly approves the second year in a row. In 2016, 70 countries voted for it, 26 countries opposed, and 77 abstained.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, called the resolution on the situation with human rights in the occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol (Ukraine) the toughest one. “This resolution on #Crimea is the toughest one. The pressure on Russia is being increased. We are grateful for your strong position and support, friends! #CrimeaIsBleeding”, Klimkin wrote on Twitter.