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HRC38: Statement by Denmark in interactive dialogue on Ukraine


UN Human Rights Council
 38th 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 in this conflict that has now entered its fifth year. The general human rights situation described in the report is disturbing.

The conflict in Eastern Ukraine impacts millions of people, whose lives are increasingly marked by insecurity, hardship and 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, not least in the self-proclaimed people’s republics where access to detentions is frequently denied. Reports of infringements of freedom of opinion and assembly ahead of elections in 2019 are of concern.  

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.    

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 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 the protection of the necessary freedoms of opinion and assembly for the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections? 

Thank you.