Dzhaparova at UN: Human Rights Violations in Occupied Crimea "Should Become Ground for Sanctions against Russia"
On 1 November 2018, a report of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights “Situation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine” was presented within the framework of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York (the U.S.).
The event was attended by the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Emine Dzhaparova. She said the appropriate resolution on the situation of human rights in occupied Crimea is to be considered at the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly in November, and thereafter, probably in December, put to vote at a General Assembly meeting.
“Pressure on the Russian Federation through sanctions, statements, resolutions, declarations and other documents that affirm the non-recognition policy, and decisions of international courts -- all these measures bring repressions in Crimea to a minimum. Yet violation of human rights in Crimea is an untrammelled crime, which takes place in Crimea on a daily basis, and which is a direct consequence of this occupation,” Ms Dzhaparova noted.
She said that Russia violating human rights in Crimea had not yet become a ground for severing sanctions, but it inevitably should. “Unfortunately, occupation first affects common people. Every Russian crime in Crimea has a ‘human face’,” the First Deputy Minister stressed.
“Behind every resolution is thorough work of Ukrainian diplomats, as every word in the text is subject to discussion with Member States. Texts of resolutions have to draw upon the so-called UN language, with each argument proved,” Ms Dzhaparova added.
It will be the third UN resolution relating to the situation of human rights in Crimea, with the first two passed in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution No. 68/262, which affirmed recognition of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.
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