On 12 December 2016 a progressive Interactive dialogue on the
human rights situation in Ukraine was held in the Palace of Nations in Geneva.
The 16th report of the Office of the UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), based on the findings of the UN Human
Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, was presented by the UN High Commissioner
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Sergiy
Kyslytsya stressed that the main challenge for the
human rights situation in Ukraine is the Russian aggression, including
continuous flow of weapons and armed people from Russia through the part of the
Ukrainian-Russian border, which is not controlled by the Government of Ukraine.
He also emphasized the unacceptability of the denial of access for the
international human rights mechanisms to the Ukrainian territory occupied by
Russia, in particular to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
S.Kyslytsya noted that
establishment of direct international monitoring of these areas will provide an
opportunity to achieve progress in the promotion and protection of human
rights. He stressed that the resolution "The situation on the human rights
in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol
(Ukraine)", adopted by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly and
expected to be approved at the General Assembly plenary in a few days, is aimed
exactly at ensuring the monitoring of the territories of Ukraine temporarily
occupied by the Russian Federation. In this context S.Kyslytsya
called upon the participants of the Interactive dialogue to support the
The delegations of the UN Member-States while discussing the
16th report of the OHCHR expressed concern with the continuing
deterioration of the human rights situation in the occupied Crimea; stressed
the need to ensure the access of the Human Rights Council mechanisms to the
occupied territory of Ukraine, as well as the implementation of the Minsk
agreements as the unique mechanism for the peace establishment in the
South-East of Ukraine.