The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine sincerely
welcomes the UN General Assembly Resolution "Situation of human rights in
Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)”, adopted on
19 December 2016. This important document provides a clear definition on the status
of Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as part of the
territory of Ukraine, condemns the temporary
occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and does not recognize its
attempted annexation by the occupying State.
Within the context of the terrible human rights situation in
Crimea due to its occupation by Russia, we attach particular importance to the
reference in the resolution to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, which,
inter alia, foresees the humane treatment of the population, which live in
occupied territory and protect its rights under international humanitarian law.
That's why the fixation and condemnation by UN resolution of
the systematic human rights violations carried out by the Russian occupation
authorities, including extrajudicial executions, abductions, politically
motivated persecution and restriction of basic political rights of Crimean
residents should become an important step towards defending rights and civil
liberties of citizens of Ukraine that live under this occupation.
One of the key elements of the Resolution is a call to
ensure the unimpeded access of international human rights monitoring mechanisms
to the temporary occupied peninsula to monitor and report on the situation
according to their mandates.
Ukraine is sincerely grateful to every Member State who
voted in favour for the UNGA resolution “Situation of human rights in the
Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)”. Today the
world sent a clear message to the Russian occupation authorities. Those
responsible for the persecutions and violations of the human rights of the
residence of Crimea will be brought to justice. The Russian Federation as an
occupying state must stop its arbitrary violations of human rights and fulfil
its obligations under international law and ensure observance of the human
rights in Crimea.