21, 2018 at the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council, in
pursuance of its resolution "Cooperation and Assistance to Ukraine in the
Field of Human Rights", an interactive dialogue on Ukraine took place,
during which the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights K.Gilmore introduced a regular 21st Report of
the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the human
rights situation in our country.
delegations from the UN Member States took part in the discussion, as well as
the delegations of the EU and the Council of Europe, and a number of
Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, who headed the Ukrainian delegation at the
event, stressed the need for decisive action by OHCHR and the Human Rights
Monitoring Mission in Ukraine in order to ensure the implementation of the UN
General Assembly resolutions on Ukraine.
underlined that organizing and holding the illegal voting in the temporarily
occupied territory of Crimea and the city of
Sevastopol represented another step forward by the Kremlin in its attempt
to legitimize the consequences of its aggression against
Ukraine and blatant violation of the fundamental norms and principles
of the international law, Russia’s obligations under the international
agreements between Ukraine and Russia, Ukrainian national legislation, as well
as against the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act and the UN General Assembly
resolutions on Crimea. S.Kyslytsya stressed that the
results of such elections were null and void, had no legal consequences,
and would not be recognized by either Ukraine, or the international
The head of
the Ukrainian delegation especially emphasized the unacceptability of
moralizing human rights from criminals who kill and poison their own citizens,
kill thousands of people in neighbouring states, bomb hospitals in distant
Ukrainian diplomat also informed the UN Human Rights Council about the
educational reform in our country, in particular the situation surrounding the
Law of Ukraine "On Education". In this regard, it was emphasized that
by cooperating on a bilateral level with our partners who are demonstrating a
constructive approach, the Ukrainian side managed to achieve progress in
addressing existing problems, in particular with Poland, Bulgaria and Romania.
At the same time, the Ukrainian side stressed that it would not accept
politically motivated and groundless demands in this matter.
Minister confirmed the willingness of Ukraine to continue providing full
support to the work of the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine and to
cooperate with the Mission on the basis of its mandate.
overwhelming majority of delegations expressed their concern about the ongoing difficult human rights situation in the occupied
territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Donetsk and Luhansk regions; noted the importance of implementing the
Minsk Agreements, resolutions of the UN General Assembly 68/262, 71/205 and
72/190, granting the UN human rights mechanisms the access to the whole
territory of Ukraine; underscored the illegality of the Russian presidential
elections in the temporarily occupied territory of the peninsula.