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HRC41: Denmark remains deeply concerned by the human rights violations in the conflict-affected parts of Ukraine 

10.07.2019  16:25

UN Human Rights Council
Presentation of 26th report of the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in 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 congratulate Ukraine on holding peaceful and competitive presidential elections recently, and look forward to parliamentary elections equally living up to international standards, including through securing space for civic freedom of expression and freedom of the media.  

We deeply regret the continuation of hostility and the devastating effects that the conflict in Eastern Ukraine have for the civilian population in the region. The conflict - now in its sixth year - impacts millions of people, whose lives are marked by enduring insecurity. Only the full implementation of the Minsk agreement can bring an end to the conflict 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.      

We support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and denounce the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia which has led to serious human rights violations. It is of great concern that International Human Rights actors and monitors are still not granted full, free and unhindered access throughout Ukraine, not least to Crimea but also to the self-proclaimed people’s republics.

Thank you.