UN Human Rights Council: Interactive Dialogue on High Commissioner’s oral update on Ukraine
Statement delivered under Item 10Human Rights Watch welcomes the continued reporting by the OHCHR on the human rights situation in Ukraine.
We deeply regret that OHCHR, as well as the OSCE, Council of Europe, NGOs and independent journalists, were denied access or had restricted access to Crimea, which has made it very difficult to conduct human rights monitoring. Russia should immediately provide unimpeded access for international institutions and independent experts.
Since Russia occupied Crimea over two years ago, Russian authorities have severely limited free expression, restricted peaceful assembly, and targeted the Crimean Tatar community that has openly opposed Russia’s actions in Crimea.
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Source: Human Rights Watch