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HRC35: Denmark concerned with ongoing violations of fundamental human rights in Ukraine

21.06.2017  11:15

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UN Human Rights Council

35th 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. We deeply regret the spikes in hostility during recent months, as well as the general human rights situation.

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. Only 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 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 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 call for 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.

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

 

Thank you.