On 15 December the Interactive dialogue on the human rights situation in Ukraine was held in HRC
On December 15, 2017, in pursuance of the Human Rights Council’s Resolution 35/31, the oral presentation of the periodic 20th report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the situation of human rights in Ukraine, based on the findings of the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine during August 16 – November 15, 2017, was made within the Human Rights Council.
The report was presented by Kate Gilmore, the Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Deputy High Commissioner drew attention to gross human rights violations in the uncontrolled by the Government of Ukraine certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and in the temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Yurii Klymenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine highlighted that the continuous supply by the Russian Federation of weapons and military personnel to the Donbas through uncontrolled sections of the border between Russia and Ukraine remains the main cause of escalation in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Gross violations of human rights by the Russian Federation on the Ukrainian territory can only be stopped by de-occupying Crimea, withdrawing Russian regular military forces, mercenaries and weaponry from Donbas, as well as releasing the hostages and illegally detained Ukrainian citizens.
The work of the Monitoring Mission to document large-scale crimes committed against Ukrainian citizens in the occupied Crimea, access to the territory of which for international human rights mechanisms is prohibited by the Russian occupying authorities, was positively noted. In this context, Yurii Klymenko stressed that holding the occupying authorities responsible for failing their obligations under international law is the main aim of the resolution “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)”. Participants of the discussion were called upon to support this document during its consideration next week at the plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly.
In the light of the Venice Commission recommendations issued in relation to certain provisions of the Law of Ukraine "On Education", Yurii Klymenko emphasized that the Commission's decision makes it possible to transfer the issue of further implementation of educational reform in Ukraine solely to an expert domain. The hopes for a constructive approach of Ukraine's partners were expressed, as well as the readiness to provide all necessary information about the next steps of Ukraine in order to ensure the transparency of the process of educational reform and avoid further politicization or misunderstandings.
The delegations of 22 UN Member States, the EU and non-governmental international organizations took part in the discussion.