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Universal Periodic Review 28: Ukraine

This UK statement was delivered during the 28th session of the Universal Period Review during the discussion of Ukraine's Human Rights Record on 15 November 2017.

The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva
The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The UK welcomes Ukraine’s significant progress on human rights since the last review. We hope Ukraine will continue to build on this progress in cooperation with the international community and civil society. We remain concerned about the human rights situation in the east and in illegally annexed Crimea.

We have three recommendations:

  1. Recognising UNGA Resolutions 68/262 and 71/205 and Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea, simplify access to public administrative services for Crimean residents and enable Ukrainian citizens to move smoothly between Crimea and the rest of Ukraine.

  2. Ensure that human rights violations, including extra-judicial killings, illegal detentions, torture, and gender based violence, committed by all sides in the Russian instigated conflict in eastern Ukraine are recorded, investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice.

  3. Ratify and fully implement the ILO Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (PO29)

Published 15 November 2017