Committee of UN General Assembly adopted resolution on Russian occupation of Crimea

The UN Committee on social and humanitarian issues (The Third Committee) approved a resolution on the “temporary occupation” of the Crimea by Russia, and violation of human rights on the peninsula.

73 members of the Committee voted for the document submitted by Ukraine, 26 voted against it, and 76 abstained.

The authors of the resolution also urged UN Secretary-General to take measures for the admission of international observers to monitor the situation in the Crimea.

It is expected that the resolution on the Crimea will be approved by the UN General Assembly in December.

Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry department for Human Rights Anatoly Viktorov, speaking at a meeting of the committee, called the resolution “politically motivated”, stressing that the people of the Crimea “chose to vote in a historic referendum to reunite with Russia.”