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HRC34: Denmark concerned with ongoing violations of fundamental human rights in Ukraine

22.03.2017  10:59

UN Human Rights Council
34th Session

Interactive Dialogue on HRC periodic update on Ukraine
Intervention by Denmark
Denmark fully aligns itself with the statement made on behalf of the European Union.
We welcome this opportunity to discuss the important observations by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Ukraine.

The conflict in Eastern Ukraine impacts the daily lives of 3.8 million people. IDP’s and those living at the contact line are in a precarious situation. We believe that only a full implementation of the Minsk agreements will result in conditions allowing due respect for human rights. We remain deeply concerned by the human rights violations in the conflict affected parts of Ukraine. Conflict-related sexual violence is a particular concern. In areas controlled by Russia-backed separatists human rights violations and abuses are widespread and include arbitrary and illegal detentions, torture, and lack of justice and freedom of expression.

We support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and denounce the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia which marked the beginning of a significant deterioration of the human rights situation of the more than 2.2 million people living on the Crimean peninsula. We remain worried with the continued serious human rights violations in Crimea and call for equal treatment for all citizens of Crimea.  

International Human Rights actors should be granted full, free and unhindered access throughout Ukraine, including Crimea.

We are grateful for the precious work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and would like to take the opportunity to ask your view of what the international community could further do to improve the current situation?
Thank You