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HRC45: Denmark remains deeply concerned about the human rights situation in conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine

UN Human Rights Council
45th session
Interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner’s update on Ukraine 
Intervention by Denmark

Madame High Commissioner, 
Denmark aligns itself with the statement made by the EU. 
We remain deeply concerned about the human rights situation in conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine, particularly in areas not controlled by the Government of Ukraine, which has been aggravated by the ongoing pandemic. The closure of crossing points has prevented thousands from access to quality healthcare, pensions and jobs. 

Only the full implementation of the Minsk agreement can bring an end to the conflict. Russia has a special responsibility in this regard. The ceasefire agreement from July is a welcome step.  
 
We state our unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We denounce the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia and the documented pattern of arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment of the local population. We once again call for the free and unhindered access of all international human rights observers and monitors throughout Ukraine. 

Madame High Commissioner, what can be done to secure access to satisfactory health care for people in the affected areas? 

Thank you.