Виступ Постпреда України в Женеві під час загальних дебатів у рамках п.4 порядку денного 37-ї сесії РПЛ (мовою оригіналу)
37th session of the UN Human Rights Council
Agenda item 4
Intervention by the Permanent Representative of Ukraine,
Ambassador H.E. Mr. Yurii Klymenko
(14 March 2018)
As an incoming Member of the Council we pledged, in particular, to address human rights concerns on their merits, applying objective and human rights-based criteria in determining whether and how the Council should respond to a situation of concern. We confirmed this pledge by our stance on Eastern Ghouta at the beginning of this session and will continue to do so addressing other situations.
We are concerned by the steadily growing disrespect to human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Russian Federation.
Human rights organizations assess the current climate as the most oppressive in the history of modern Russia resembling the heinous practices of the Soviet totalitarian regime. Extremely worrying tendencies pose significant risks to the Russian society and societies beyond Russia’s borders.
Four years of illegal occupation of Crimea and parts of Donbas by Russia have been marked by a sharp deterioration of the human rights situation, including abductions, torture and enforced disappearances, repressive measures that primarily target pro-Ukrainian activists, members of Crimean Tatar community and all those who dare to disagree with the occupation and policies of occupation administrations.
Access and permanent international human rights monitoring are denied in the occupied Crimea, whereas the serious human rights violations persist and those committed earlier remain unaddressed.
Currently over 60 Ukrainian citizens are in captivity of the Russian authorities as hostages facing fabricated charges, subjected to ill-treatment and torture, denied their rights to a fair trial.
It is essential to make sure that the situations of occupation and glaring human rights violations that take place there do not escape the constant attention of the international community.
We condemn the continuing Russia’s shameful practice of imprisonment the Ukrainian citizens for political reasons and urge Member States to strengthen the political and diplomatic pressure upon the Russian Federation for their release.
I thank you.