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HRC39: Denmark remains deeply concerned by the human rights violations in the conflict-affected parts of Ukraine

26.09.2018  11:08

UN Human Rights Council
39th Session
Interactive Dialogue on High Commissioner’s oral update on Ukraine
Statement by Denmark
Mr. President, Denmark aligns itself with the statement by the European Union.
We welcome this opportunity to discuss the important observations by High Commissioner on the human rights situation in Ukraine. We deeply regret the continuation of hostility and the devastating effects that the conflict in Eastern Ukraine has for the civilian population, not least for those living close to the contact line. 

The conflict impacts millions of people, whose lives are increasingly marked by insecurity, anxiety and hardship. Only the 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, numerous violations of human rights are committed in relation to situations of unlawful or arbitrary detention, not least in the armed group-controlled territory, where access to detentions is increasingly restricted.

 

We support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and denounce the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, which has led to serious human rights violations. We call for equal treatment of all people in Crimea.

 
International human rights actors and monitors should be granted full, free and unhindered access throughout Ukraine, not least in Crimea and the self-proclaimed people’s republics.
We remain grateful for the solid work of the OHCHR, and would like to take this opportunity to ask your view concerning how the OHCHR can obtain better access to places of detention in the armed group-controlled territory? 
Thank you.