Monitoring Mission for Human Rights, which operates in Ukraine since March last year, positively assessed the reforms initiated by the government, including the decentralization of power. This issue was discussed at a briefing in New York, where11th report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights was released, Ukrinform.
“The Monitoring Mission expresses its appreciation regarding the initiated reforms undertaken by Ukraine, taking into consideration tensed security, economic, and political situation in the country,” according to the statement.
UN Secretary General for Human Rights Assistant Ivan Shymonovych highlighted the full cooperation of the Government of Ukraine and the UN Mission and reported that the mandate of the Mission is prolonged for the next six months.
In addition, the participants positively reacted that Ukraine has recognized jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed since the beginning of the Russian aggression.
The UN report also warns that the situation in eastern parts of the country and occypied Crimea remains tensed. Human rights violations continue to be committed by the self-proclaimed authorities in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
“I am particularly concerned at the recent sentencing to 20 years of prison of Ukrainian film-maker Oleh Sentsov by a Russian Federation Military Court,” High Commissioner Zeid said. “His trial was marred by irregularities.” He noted that the court refused to look into credible allegations of torture and ill-treatment during his pre-trial detention and that the verdict was passed despite the main prosecution witness recanting his testimony in the courtroom, insisting that it had been extorted under torture. A Crimean activist, Oleksandr Kolchenko, was also sentenced to 10 years for his alleged participation in the terrorist plot.