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Ukraine: Only the full implementation of the Minsk agreement can bring an end to the conflict, which affects the full spectrum of human rights

UN Human Rights Council
Oral update by the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Ukraine
18 December 2019

Intervention by Denmark

Denmark fully aligns itself with the statement made by 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 reiterate our deep concern about the continued hostilities and the devastating effects the conflict in Eastern Ukraine has for the civilian population. The conflict continues to affect the full spectrum of human rights. We are in particular concerned about the situation in the areas not controlled by the Government of Ukraine. As reported, the civilian population residing close to the conflict line experiences daily hardship, degradation of their socio-economic rights and physical insecurity. Only the full implementation of the Minsk agreement can bring an end to the conflict. Russia has a special responsibility in this regard. The renewed engagement by the parties at the Normandy four summit in Paris could be an important step forward.

Once again, we state our unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We denounce the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia, which has led to serious human rights violations, and which we will never recognize. We once again call for the free and unhindered access of international human rights actors and monitors throughout Ukraine, not least to Crimea but also to the self-proclaimed people’s republics.
We remain grateful for the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Thank you.