EUROPEAN UNION AND UKRAINE HELD 6TH ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS DIALOGUE
The Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine Ihor Yaremenko participated in EU - Ukraine annual Human Rights Dialogue.
This dialogue is a platform for discussion of the main achievements and challenges for protection of human rights by representatives of the Government of Ukraine and EU institutions.
“The EU - Ukraine annual Human Rights Dialogue establishes conditions for a detailed exchange of views on the human rights situation in Ukraine, especially in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas,” emphasized Ihor Yaremenko. Once again, the Deputy Minister has underlined the common position of the Government of Ukraine and the international community, which condemns the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. The opportunity was also taken to consider the cooperation in collection of information on human rights violations in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.
The Participants to the dialogue noted that systematic human rights violations continue in the occupied ORDLO (certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts), the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian occupation administrations. The spread of COVID-19 infection has further deteriorated the situation with respect for human rights and international humanitarian law in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
The Participants to the dialogue discussed the situation with the crossing of checkpoints in conditions of quarantine. The Deputy Minister reported that, as of today, the operation of a number of such checkpoints has been resumed, which makes it possible to cross the administrative line between Kherson oblast and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, as well as the contact line in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The condition for entry from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine to the Government-controlled area is the consent of individuals to self-isolation using the electronic service "Dii vdoma".
Ihor Yaremenko expressed his gratitude to international partners for the assistance to Ukrainians, who were adversely affected by the armed aggression of the Russian Federation, including those who are forced to live in the temporary occupation.
The meeting will contribute to further constructive and friendly dialogue between Ukraine and the EU, as well as to the collective actions in the future.