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Russian human rights ombudswoman blasts Ukraine-initiated UN resolution on Crimea

Information about alleged human rights violations in Crimea is not correct, Crimean human rights ombudswoman says

SIMFEROPOL, November 16. /TASS/. Information about alleged human rights violations in Crimea, contained in the UN resolution, which has been approved by the General Assembly, is not correct, Crimean human rights ombudswoman Lyudmila Lubina told TASS, pointing out that representative of the countries, who backed the document, can personally see that by coming to the Black Sea region.

There were earlier reports that the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly had approved the Ukraine-led resolution condemning alleged human rights violations in Crimea and "Russia’s illegal establishment of laws, jurisdiction and management" in the region. This year the document drew the support of 67 delegations as opposed to 70 ones a year earlier. Twenty-six delegations, including Russia, Belarus, China, India, Serbia, Syria and South Africa, voted against it with 87 abstentions.

"I have no information confirming this resolution. They repeat the same thing in their resolutions, which lack any real justification. Reliable information, on which such resolutions are adopted, simply don’t exist. Let them come to Crimea, talk with people and find out for themselves that there aren’t any violations," the ombudswoman pointed out.

After the February 2014 coup d’etat in Kiev, the government of Crimea and Sevastopol decided to hold a referendum on Crimea’s reintegration with Russia. More than 80% of people with the right to vote took part in the balloting that was held on March 16, 2014. The reunification with Russia was backed by 96.7% of Crimeans and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents. On March 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an agreement on the accession of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation, and on March 21, the Federal Assembly ratified the document.

Despite the convincing results of the referendum, Kiev refused to recognize Crimea as part of Russia.