Wednesday, December 20 2017 11:59 EET
UN general assembly adopts Ukraine's resolution on Crimea urging Russia to implement the order of the International Court of Justice
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The UN General Assembly endorsed the updated resolution proposed by the Ukrainian delegation with 71 members having voted in support of the document on December 19 in New York.

The UN General Assembly adopted the updated resolution "The Situation of Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol (Ukraine)" urges Russia to fully implement the order of the International Court of Justice on interim measures to restore the rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens on the peninsula and calls on the Russian occupation authorities to ensure the availability of education in the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages.

According to the vote results, 71 countries supported the Ukrainian resolution, 25 voted against, 77 country delegates abstained.

The document welcomes Ukraine's positive decisions in the context of simplifying procedures for unhindered access to Crimea by journalists and human rights defenders, as well as Ukraine's support for media outlets and NGOs that were forced to leave the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territory.

The document also condemns the retroactive application by the Russian Federation of its laws in the occupied territory, as well as the compulsory naturalization of Ukrainian citizens.

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