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HRC37: Denmark's statement on Ukraine

28.03.2018  17:05

Statement By Denmark in Interactive Dialogue with High Commissioner’s oral report on Ukraine. 

21.03.2018

 UN Human Rights Council
 37th 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 continuation of hostility during recent months, as well as the general human rights situation described in the report.

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, numerous violations of human rights are committed in situations of unlawful or arbitrary detention. Reports of infringements of freedom of opinion and expression ahead of elections in 2019 are of concern. Of equal concern is the infringement of freedom of religion in the form of the ban on non-traditional religious groups as Jehovah’s Witnesses in the so-called “Luhansk people’s republic”.  

We support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and denounce the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia which has led to serious human rights violations. Elections held in Crimea by the Russian Federation are illegitimate and will not be recognized.   

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 take this opportunity to ask your view of what can be done to secure access for the OHCHR to places of detention in the self-proclaimed people’s republics?

Thank you.