Kyrgyzstan votes against UN resolution

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Bishkek, Dec. 20, 2017 / Kabar /. The UN General Assembly approved the resolution "Situation in the field of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine" with 76 countries abstained, 26 opposed, and 70 supported. The decision was made on Dec.19.

26 countries voted against the resolution, including Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, India, Kazakhstan, China, North Korea, Cuba, Serbia, Tajikistan, South Africa and Kyrgyzstan, the UN News Center reported.

The General Assembly in this resolution condemned "violations, human rights abuse, discriminatory measures and practices against residents of the temporarily occupied Crimea, including Crimean Tatars, as well as Ukrainians and people belonging to other ethnic and religious groups from Russian occupational authorities".

The resolution condemns "Russia's illegal establishment of laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Crimea". Its co-authors called on Russia to comply with "obligations under international law with respect to laws that operated in the Crimea prior to the occupation."

The resolution says that Moscow must "comply fully and immediately with the decision of the International Court of Justice of April 19, 2017 on provisional measures on the suit of Ukraine against the Russian Federation. This case concerns the application of the International Convention for Combating of Terrorism Financing and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination."

The preamble of the document condemns the "temporary occupation" of "the Russian Federation part of Ukrainian territory - the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol." The document of the preamble confirms "the non-recognition of its annexation."

The text of the resolution was approved by delegates of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly this year in Nov. 14. The delegations from 71 countries voted “for”, 77 abstained and 25 voted "against" back then. The Third Committee deals with social and humanitarian issues. Protection of human rights issue dominates on its agenda.

All representatives of the UN General Assembly , 193 states are participating in the work of all six main committees work. There are also observers from the State of Palestine and the Holy See (Vatican).

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