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Intersessional meeting of the Human Rights Council Update on Ukraine


Statement by UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
Kate Gilmore

Geneva, 18 December 2019

The report covers the period from 16 August to 15 November 2019 and was launched in Kyiv on 12 December. The findings it presents are based on: 59 visits undertaken by the Human Rights Monitoring Mission to settlements along the contact line; 21 visits to places of detention; the monitoring of 151 trial hearings and of 19 assemblies as well as 117 in-depth interviews with victims and witnesses of human rights violations and abuses, relatives of victims, lawyers, Government representatives, civil society and other interlocutors.

Meanwhile, the lack of accountability for past human rights violations remains – for cases of torture and ill-treatment documented by OHCHR, for attacks on journalists and activists. We note the arrests last week of suspects in the 2016 killing of journalist Pavlo Sheremet and we will follow the associated legal proceedings with interest. Accountability is crucial to ensure all other rights and it must be served, regardless of the affiliation of the perpetrator or the identity of the victim.

Information from the site: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=25440&LangID=E