Council of the EU has included the issue of human rights violations in the Russian-occupied Crimea and the East of Ukraine in the conclusions on EU Priorities at the UN meetings on Human Rights in 2017, according to the statement published on the website of the Council of the European Union.

The European Union will go on supporting Ukraine and its initiatives to address the issue of human rights violations in the Crimea and ORDLO.

“In light of the deeply concerning human rights situation on the Crimean peninsula and the serious human rights violations and abuses linked to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the EU will continue to support initiatives led by Ukraine addressing these issues within the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly, as well as to lend full support to the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine," reads the statement.

Previously, at the 65th plenary session of the UN General Assembly on December 19, resolution "On the situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)" was adopted by a majority vote. The document included the following important messages to the country-occupier:

- It is necessary to stop any violence against the residents of Crimea, including the illegal detention of activists and inhuman attitude towards them, and to withdraw all discriminatory laws;

- To release of all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens;

- To provide the necessary conditions for work in Crimea for journalists and representatives of human rights organizations;

- Authors of the resolution refer to the newly elected Secretary General of the United Nations with a request to find ways and means that will enable easy access of international organizations (such as the Council of Europe and OSCE) to Crimea.
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