Ukraine in the third cycle of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review
On 15 November 2017 at Palais des Nations in Geneva the delegation of Ukraine headed by Deputy Minister of Justice Sergiy Petukhov, presented to the UN Member States the National Report on human rights situation in our country within the framework of the third cycle of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
The Universal Periodic Review is a unique mechanism, established for all 193 UN Member States without exception to report in open dialogue on observance of the human rights situation in their countries with further acceptance or consideration of recommendations on improving this situation received from other states.
Since the launch of the mentioned review mechanism in 2008, all of the UN-member States have passed it twice (Ukraine - in 2008 and 2012). The third UPR cycle started in 2017 and Ukraine has been reviewed within its framework on 15 November.
The delegation of Ukraine reported on the implementation of the recommendations received during the second UPR cycle, focused on the efforts of the Government of Ukraine aimed at improving of the human rights situation, in particular, through the implementation of the National Human Rights Strategy and the relevant Action Plan.
The discussion over the Ukraine's achievements in the field of ensuring fundamental human rights and freedoms, existing challenges in this area, caused, first of all, by the military aggression of the Russian Federation against our state, has demonstrated the support by the international community of the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine, as well as the process of implementation of the ongoing comprehensive reforms in our country, one of the important elements of which are the adherence and protection of the human rights.