45th session of the Human Rights Council
Interactive dialogue with the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances
Intervention by Ukraine
(Geneva, September 21, 2020)
We thank the Working Group for presentation of its reports.
Indeed, impunity fosters more violence in a vicious cycle, evokes fear among the population and encourages the repetition of violence. Unfortunately, for Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine – in Crimea and certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions – acts of violence, in particular enforced disappearance, are a daily reality.
Due to the armed aggression by Russia, the mechanism to clarify the whereabouts of missing persons in the occupied territories has been largely blocked by Russia over these years, while the Government of Ukraine and international humanitarian organizations are deprived of unhindered access to the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas.
We positively note the decision of the WGEID to document violations tantamount to enforced or involuntary disappearances perpetrated by representatives of the Russian occupation administration in Donbas .
Furthermore, Ukraine’s application submitted to the International Court of Justice in 2017 concerning Russia’s violations of its obligations under CERD also covers facts of enforced disappearances in the occupied Crimea.
Just let me name a few – Ervin Ibragimov, Islam Jepparov, Jevdet Isliamov – who are still missing.
We reiterate our call on Russia to fulfil its obligations as occupying power under international humanitarian law and international human rights law, in particular as regards the guarantee of the right to life, liberty, and security of person.
I thank you.