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HRC31: Interactive Dialoque on HC oral update on Ukraine Intervention by Denmark, 23.03.2016  

HRC31: Denmark expresses concern over human rights situation in Crimea and separatist controlled areas

23.03.2016 

Human Rights Council 31st Session
Interactive Dialoque on HC oral 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 remain deeply concerned by the continuing human rights violations in parts of Ukraine. Long-term challenges remain in improving the situation. Loss of life is the obvious tragedy of the conflict, but also human rights violations and abuses such as arbitrary and illegal detentions, lack of justice and accountability, and torture are widespread in the areas controlled by Russia-backed separatists. 
As stated in your report, the conflict is severely impacting the daily life of many civilians, with a growing sense of despair and isolation affecting those living in the conflict zone.

The illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia marked the beginning of a significant deterioration of the human rights situation of the more than 2.2 million people living on the Crimean peninsula. The situation is characterized by unprecedented intimidation and discrimination of the Crimean Tatars, ethnic Ukrainians and members of other minorities in Crimea.

International Human Rights actors should be granted full, free and unhindered access throughout Ukraine, including Crimea.
We join the EU in calling on Russia to respect its international commitments and release without further delay all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens, including Nadiya Savchenko, whose case is in breach of international law and basic standards of justice.
We highly value the precious work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and thank you for this opportunity to share our concerns.
Thank you.