Human Rights Council Session 42 – Statement of the Kingdom of the Netherlands - Item 10 Interactive Dialogue on the regular periodic update on Ukraine

Mr President,

The Kingdom of the Netherlands aligns itself with the EU statement and we thank the High Commissioner for her update.

We are gravely concerned about the systematic human rights violations related to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and call on all parties to take all necessary measures to prevent further suffering. We call on the so-called Peoples Republic of Donetsk and the so-called Peoples Republic of Luhansk to grant human rights monitors full access to the territories.

We welcome that the peaceful high profile assemblies that took place in the context of the elections, as well as concerning LGBTI rights. We regret that some events organized by minority groups have been disrupted by protesters. We are deeply concerned about the assessment that there is no room for free and peaceful assemblies where critical opinions are expressed in the so-called Peoples Republic of Donetsk and the so-called Peoples Republic of Luhansk.

Mr President,

The Netherlands remains deeply concerned about the human rights situation in the illegally annexed Crimean Peninsula, in particular concerning the discrimination of Crimean Tartars. We urge the Russian Federation respect its obligations as an occupying power, uphold human rights and ensure full and unimpeded access for international human rights monitoring missions and human rights NGOs to the region.

Madam High Commissioner,

Concerning the situation on the illegally annexed Crimean Peninsula, in your opinion, what are the most urgent and concrete steps that need to be taken to protect the position of those speaking Ukrainian, and Crimean Tatars on the peninsula? 

I thank you.