Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UNO Branch and other International Organizations in Geneva

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Intervention by the Delegation of Ukraine at the Agenda item 3 of the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (June 17, 2016)

22 June 2016, 10:54

32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council

Agenda item 3

Clustered interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the right to education

and Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

Intervention by the Delegation of Ukraine

June 17, 2016

Mr. President,

We welcome conducting this dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, as Ukraine is extremely concerned over the violations of these rights systematically committed by the occupying Russian authorities in Crimea and by the Russian-backed illegal armed groups in Donbas.

The last 14th OHCHR Report highlights the dire situation in the territories temporarily out of the Government’s control in Donbas where civil society organizations, including human rights defenders, cannot operate freely; the residents are being prosecuted for their pro-Ukrainian views or previous affiliation with Ukrainian NGOs’; the protesters are systematically being deprived of their liberty and subjected to forced labour.

The OHCHR as well as Ukraine is also concerned about the lack of space for Crimean Tatars to exercise their rights to freedoms of peaceful assembly and association in the illegally occupied Crimea.

Ukraine fully agrees with the Special Rapporteur that the ability to assemble and act collectively is vital to democratic, economic, social and personal development and to fostering engaged citizenry. Our Government will continue to make every effort to bring to justice those responsible for committing violations and investigate each and every case of such violations.

We believe that the situation in the occupied territories of Ukraine merits your attention and that you will find possibility to visit them. Ukraine remains ready to provide you with any assistance and support needed in this regard.

Representative

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