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HRC36: Denmark concerned with ongoing violations of fundamental human rights in Ukraine

26.09.2017  19:45

 36th Session
Interactive Dialogue on HC periodic update on Ukraine

Statement by Denmark

Mr. President,
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 3.8 million people, whose lives are marked by hardship and increasing poverty. Only a full implementation of the Minsk agreement will bring an end to the suffering and allow due respect for human rights. We remain deeply concerned by the human rights violations in the conflict affected parts of Ukraine. As reported, conflict-related sexual violence is a particular concern. In areas controlled by Russia-backed separatists human rights violations 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 theillegal annexation of Crimea by Russia which has led to a significant deterioration of the human rights situation of the more than 2.2 million people living in Crimea. We remain worried with the continued serious human rights violations in Crimea and callfor equal treatment of all citizens of Crimea.

International Human Rights actors and monitors should be granted full, free and unhindered access throughout Ukraine, including Crimea and the self-proclaimed people’s republics.

We remain grateful for the solid work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and would like to ask your view of what the international community could usefully do to improve the current situation?

 Thank you.