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45th session of the UN Human Rights Council
Agenda item 10
Oral Update on Georgia
Intervention by the Delegation of Ukraine
(5 October 2020)
Ukraine reaffirms its strong support to the OHCHR for its lasting commitment to human rights all over the world and for its active cooperation and dialogue with States.
Recognizing the vital role of the OHCHR’s technical assistance and capacity building, the Government of Ukraine closely cooperates with its Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, deployed since 2014 upon Government’s invitation in view of increasing challenges in the field of human rights caused by Russia’s armed aggression.
Such monitoring contributes to efforts aimed at preventing further violations by Russia in the temporarily occupied Crimea and Donbas by keeping the international community regularly informed of compliance by the occupying power with applicable international humanitarian law and human rights law.
Despite numerous calls of the international community, the occupying power continues its policy of non-cooperation – a pattern that affects other countries as well.
In this regard, we thank High Commissioner for the update on cooperation with Georgia, which yet again points to serious human rights challenges in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are exacerbated by the lack of access of international monitoring mechanisms to these Georgian regions occupied by Russia.
Ukraine deplores the demonstrative unwillingness of Russia as occupying power to resolve long-lasting human rights problems, in particular continuous discrimination based on ethnic grounds affecting ethnic Georgians, detentions and abductions of Georgians on the occupation line, so-called “borderization”, violations of freedom of movement, right to education in native language and healthcare, other gross abuses of human rights that create additional threats against the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic.
Ukraine reaffirms its unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders.
We urge the Russian Federation to immediately cease the military aggression against Georgia to provide full and unhindered access of the international monitoring organizations to the occupied territories of Georgia, and to finally fulfil all its obligations under international law, especially with regard to respect for territorial integrity, inviolability of borders and non-interference in internal affairs of sovereign states in the region.
I thank you.