Intervention by the Delegation of Ukraine at the Agenda item 3 of the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (June 20, 2016)
32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council
Agenda item 3
Clustered interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons
and Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
Intervention by the Delegation of Ukraine
June 20, 2016
Since my delegation has spoken as a country concerned in the dialogue with Mr Heyns, let me now welcome the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs Mr Chaloka Beyani.
We fully share his view that this mandate has been and must remain an important voice in the international community on and for millions of internally displaced persons globally. These issues are very pertinent for Ukraine.
The number of IDPs in our country over the past two years, following the Russian illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and its further subversive activities in the southeast of Ukraine, exceeded 1.7 million.
Intimidation, threats, suppression and violations of most of the rights and freedoms by the occupying authorities of the peninsula, including pressure to obtain Russian passports and forfeit the Ukrainian ones, force ethnic Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars, members of other minority ethnic and religious groups to leave their homes and look for the asylum in mainland Ukraine.
The dire situation remains in the territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions, controlled by the Russia-backed illegal armed groups, where the residents are systematically facing grave human rights abuses and violence for their pro-Ukrainian views that force them to move to other regions of the country.
We would like once again to commend the visit of the Special Rapporteur to Ukraine conducted in 2014 and confirm the readiness of the Government to continue cooperation, including in the framework of his follow-up visit in the coming months.