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HRC30: Statement by Denmark: Item 10: Interactive dialogue on the Oral update of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the cooperation and assistance to Ukraine in the field of human rights

29.09.2015  16:16

UN Human Rights Council,
30th session
Item 10: Interactive dialogue on the Oral update of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the cooperation and assistance to Ukraine in the field of human rights

Intervention by Denmark

Mr. President,
Denmark fully aligns itself with the statement made earlier on behalf of the European Union, including by stressing our deep concern with regard to the decision of the separatists in eastern Ukraine to dispel international humanitarian organizations from the area.

We welcome this opportunity to discuss the important observations by the Office of the High Com-missioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Ukraine.
Long-term challenges remain in improving the human rights situation in Ukraine. Loss of life as the obvious tragedy to the conflict, but also arbitrary detentions, lack of due process, and torture are widespread in the areas controlled by the Russia-backed separatists.  The recent drop in ceasefire violations constitutes progress towards ensuring the protection of civilians.

We would welcome the thoughts of the Office of the High Commissioner on whether and how the ceasefire could improve prospects for pursuing the recommendations put forward in your reports.

We follow with grave concern the human rights situation in Crimea and welcome the recent reports from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the High Commissioner on National Minorities.

Finally, let me reiterate Denmark’s strong support to the OHCHR’s tireless effort to promote a full investigation of the violence at Maidan and in Odesa in compliance with international norms and standards.
Thank you.
 

 



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