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 Power on UN Crimea resolution: US does not accept attempts to redraw borders by force in 21st century

The United States supports strong condemnation by the General Assembly’s Third Committee of the human rights situation in Crimea and Sevastopol, stated in the resolution adopted on Nov. 15.

This was announced by U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power in a statement, Censor.NET reports.

"The United States supports today's strong condemnation by the General Assembly's Third Committee of the human rights situation in Crimea and Sevastopol. We thank the other co-sponsors and U.N. Member States who supported this historic resolution for defending the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the human rights of the people of Crimea and Sevastopol, and for taking a stand against the human rights violations carried out and abetted by Russia since it occupied and attempted to annex Crimea nearly three years ago.

"Since the beginning of the Russian occupation, human rights abuses on the peninsula have risen steeply, including the severe curtailment of the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, association, and religion or belief. Unsurprisingly, many who have seen their universal rights so significantly abused have been those daring to speak out against the Russian occupation. Across Crimea, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has found a pattern of security services carrying out arbitrary interrogations and house searches and threatening prosecution against those questioning the occupation.

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"And these human rights abuses have been truly shameless. Russian authorities have forced the closure of the only television station broadcasting in all three languages spoken on the peninsula. Russia has cut off access to government employment, education, and health care for those Crimeans refusing Russian citizenship. At least 30,000 residents of Crimea, and likely many more, have fled to other parts of Ukraine, many out of fear occupation authorities would target them for abuse because of their work as political activists or journalists or because of their pro-Ukrainian views; others have simply disappeared under circumstances that appear to be politically motivated.

"The United States will not accept any attempt to redraw borders by force in the 21st century - to permit such actions would be to invite chaos in the international system. The United States is proud to stand with the people of Ukraine today in asserting their right to self-determination and human rights, and we thank the other Member States who today took a similar stand," the statement reads.

Earlier, President Petro Poroshenko thanked the U.N. member countries that supported the Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Crimea. The resolution was supported by 73 states, 23 voted against it, and 76 abstained.
 
 
 
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