Statement of Iceland at the 27th session of the Human Rights Counsil

Interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on the human rights situation in Ukraine

 

Twenty-seventh session of the Human Rights Council
Geneva, 24 September 2014

 

 

Mr President,

Iceland welcomes the report of the High Commissioner and the opportunity to address the human rights situation in Ukraine.

We are concerned by the human rights and humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine; a situation fuelled by fighting between the Ukrainian army and illegal separatist armed groups, and supported by an influx of arms and fighters from across the border.

Iceland condemns the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and the aggression by Russian armed forces on Ukrainian soil. We urge Russia to immediately withdraw all forces and military assets from Ukraine.

The introduction of Russian legislation in Crimea, in contravention of General Assembly resolution 68/262, hampers the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

We strongly urge all parties to respect the ceasefire in order to achieve national reconciliation through peaceful and democratic means.

Accountability for violations of international law must be ensured and perpetrators brought to justice, including those responsible for the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

Iceland will continue to support Ukraine in its efforts to strengthen the rule of law and good governance. Legislative reforms must comply with international norms and standards in order to safeguard and protect the human rights of all people, including minorities. We call on the Government to work closely with regional bodies like the OSCE and the Council of Europe, along with the OHCHR, to advance these efforts.

Thank you, Mr President.

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