ArmInfo. The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly supported the draft updated resolution on the Crimea entitled "The situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine." This was reported on the page of the Ukrainian delegation to the UN on Twitter.
According to Ukraine, the draft resolution was supported by 67 countries, another 23 opposed the document, 82 states abstained. 38 countries co-sponsored the document.
As it became known, among the states that did not support the bill: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Syria, North Korea, and a number of Latin American and African countries. Most countries in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East abstained, the countries of the European Union and the United States supported the document. Following adoption by the committee, a resolution on human rights in Crimea will be put to the vote of the General Assembly. Moreover, UNGA resolutions are not binding.
Thus, the adopted draft resolution contains a reference to the international legal definition of aggression and a warning that obtaining territory or other advantages as a result of aggression cannot and will not be considered legal.
"The resolution requires the Russian Federation to stop the policy of changing the demographic situation in Crimea by relocating its population and forcing them to evict. The document condemns the mass detention of activists and human rights defenders on the basis of allegations of support for terrorism, in particular, representatives of the Crimean Solidarity civil initiative. The resolution calls for end the persecution and release people detained for expressing opinions, in particular at the beginning of the occupation, and also condemns the ongoing practice of calling men in the Armed forces of the Russian Federation and the criminal prosecution of those who refuse to serve in the ranks of the state occupier, "- said in a statement to the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN.