On November 15, at about 11pm Kyiv time, the United Nations
General Assembly’s Third Committee (which focuses on human rights) plans to
vote on the draft resolution on the “Situation of human rights in the
Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)” initiated
The Ukrainian delegation currently promoting the resolution
in New York includes the Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the
Affairs of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev, Deputy
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Sergiy Kyslytsya and First Deputy Minister of Information Policy
of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar.
The draft resolution aims to defend the constitutional
rights of Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied territory of the
peninsula. It condemns the mass violations of human rights in occupied Crimea
and calls for Russia, the occupying power, to uphold all of its obligations
under applicable international law.
The draft resolution also notes the need to immediately
release all Ukrainian citizens illegally detained by Russia and immediately
revoke the decision to ban the Crimean Tatar Mejlis.
The document urges Russia to allow international human
rights mechanisms, in particular the UN Mission monitoring the human rights
situation in Ukraine, unhindered access to Crimea in order to monitor the human
rights situation. The draft resolution also appeals to the Office of the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a dedicated thematic
report on the situation in the occupied peninsula.
As of today, the draft resolution is co-sponsored by 41 UN
members. The draft resolution can be found here.