Item 10  - Interactive dialogue on an oral update of the High Commissioner on the situation of human rights in Ukraine

Statement delivered by H.E. Nathalie Olijslager, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Madam President,

The Kingdom of the Netherlands aligns itself with the statement made by the EU. We thank the High Commissioner for the oral update on the human rights situation in Ukraine. We remain extremely concerned about the current human rights situation in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.

The Netherlands reiterates its policy of strict non-recognition of the illegal Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula. We are gravely concerned about the ongoing human rights violations in Crimea, including against Crimean Tatars and people speaking the Ukrainian language.  The right to freedom of expression in every language is the key to the enjoyment of other fundamental freedoms. We condemn the searches and the detention of five Crimean Tatars and up to 50 people on 3 and 4 September. These unjust detentions are illegal under international law.

Access to Crimea as well as the territories in Eastern Ukraine for international human rights monitoring missions is of utmost importance if we want to see effective implementation of relevant resolutions and recommendations.

Madam Commissioner,  

What measures should be taken to  protect and advance the freedom of opinion and expression in a hostile and polarized environment?”

Thank you.