As delivered by the Delegation of Ukraine to the 1124th
meeting of the Permanent Council, 15 December 2016
The Delegation of Ukraine has aligned itself with the
statement of the European Union which we fully support. We would also like to
add some remarks in the national capacity.
On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, the
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko addressed the Ukrainian nation. He
emphasized, in particular, that human and civil rights belong to the most
important values in Ukraine. Their protection and promotion will always remain
an unconditional priority of the Ukrainian authorities. Last year marked the
adoption of the National Human Rights Strategy which was elaborated in
intensive consultations between the Government, academia, the parliamentary
ombudsperson, representatives of civil society and international organizations.
Currently the Government of Ukraine undertakes consistent efforts to
effectively put into practice the Action Plan on implementation of the
Strategy, pursuing an inclusive and democratic process with active engagement
of all segments of the Ukrainian society. The President of Ukraine thanked the
national human rights organizations for performing a permanent civil monitoring
of implementation of this important document.
At the same time the President of Ukraine stressed that the
challenges of protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms are
particularly acute for Ukraine in the circumstances of ongoing Russia’s
aggression against the country. We are grateful to the international community
for unequivocal condemnation of violation of human rights, discrimination and
repressive practices by the Russian occupying authorities targeting the
residents of the illegally annexed Crimea, including Crimean Tartars, Ukrainians
and individuals belonging to different ethnic and religious groups. We are
grateful for support of Ukraine in urging the Russian Federation to immediately
release the Ukrainian citizens who are held as hostages in captivity on the
occupied territories of Ukraine and in Russian prisons.
It is important to maintain firmness and solidarity in
speaking loud about gross human rights violations perpetrated in the situations
of occupation and urging their correction, including through establishment of
permanent human rights monitoring on the ground. The OSCE has developed a solid
acquis of commitments relating to human rights and
fundamental freedoms and we encourage further focused efforts of the
Chairmanship and the autonomous OSCE Institutions in fostering their full
implementation and making sure that there are no “human rights grey zones” in
the OSCE space.
Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.