Forty States in the UN Supported Statement on Human Rights in Crimea

September 24, 2019

During the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, 40 countries supported the joint statement initiated by the Ukrainian side on the situation with human rights in the temporarily occupied Crimea and unhindered access to it by international human rights monitoring mechanisms. It is reported by the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to international organizations in Geneva.

"The authors of the statement condemned the holding of the so-called "elections" to the unlawful institutions established by the occupying Russian administration on the peninsula in violation of the Vienna Declaration, international humanitarian law and a number of relevant UN General Assembly resolutions on the ARC. It was emphasized that not a single person elected during such pseudo-elections, cannot be recognized as such that represents Crimea and Sevastopol, which are Ukrainian territories, "the statement said.

Russia as an occupying state was called upon to respect international humanitarian law, the human rights of the inhabitants of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, as well as to provide unhindered access to the occupied Crimea for international and regional human rights monitoring mechanisms.

“Once again, the authors of the Joint Statement have resolutely reaffirmed their support for the territorial integrity, political independence and sovereignty of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders,” the statement said.

The statement was signed by: Australia, Austria, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Greece, Georgia, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Cyprus, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Northern Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Sweden, Switzerland and Japan.