Ukrainian diplomats and members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people did their best to ensure that the resolution on human rights in the occupied Crimea received substantial support by the UN General Assembly, according to the People's Deputy of Ukraine, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov.
“Preliminary voting on the draft resolution has already passed in the Third UN Committee ... Now the draft resolution is submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration. Our colleagues worked with representatives of some states that had abstained from supporting the draft resolution at the stage of voting in the Third Committee. We all expect positive results," Chubarov stated.
He notes that Russia did not comply with the ruling of the International Court of Justice and did not cancel its decision to ban activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.
"Russia does not allow UN monitoring missions to the territory of the occupied Crimea, but no matter how it ignores the UN resolutions, each such document plays its role by recording violations, preserving the mobilization of the world community to oppose Russia's aggression, allowing to retain and strengthen political and economic sanctions," Chubarov said.
Earlier, the monitoring mission of the United Nations reported that from mid-August to mid-November this year, Russian security officials had arrested 49 Crimean Tatars in the annexed Crimea.
Previously, November 14 an updated draft resolution on human rights in the annexed Crimea was adopted at a meeting of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly.
As a result of voting, 71 countries supported the adoption of the document, 25 were against and 77 abstained. Among those who were against are Belarus, Venezuela and a number of other countries.