45th session of the Human Rights Council
Interactive dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions
Intervention by Ukraine
(Geneva, September 21, 2020)
We thank the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions for its report.
Access to justice covers a broad set of rights enumerated as fundamental within the Constitution of Ukraine as well as in its international obligations. The Government of Ukraine is committed to pursue the development of national legal aid system and promote the protection of human rights of all citizens residing in Ukraine, in particular through implementation of nationwide and local legal awareness projects a component to provide access to justice for everyone.
The latest reports of the OHCHR identified and further confirmed a consistent pattern of arbitrary detentions by the Russian occupation authorities in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. At the same time, the occupation regime refuses to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty, conceals the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared persons and subjects them to physical violence and psychological abuse.
An individual detained by the Russian occupation authorities in Crimea and Donbas has no recourse to justice and cannot access legal remedies. This situation is unacceptable. In order to end this heinous practice, it is crucial for the UN human rights mechanisms to speak directly to Russia about its responsibility, especially with regard to Donbas region.
I thank you.