The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in America, Europe and Central Asia, together with the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, is closely following the situation regarding the illegal closure of 112 Ukraine, NEWSONE, ZIK, Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channels, and Internet agencies Strana.ua and Shariy.net, ana also document all cases of threats and attacks on journalists. Jose Maria Aranaz, Chief of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in America, Europe and Central Asia, wrote about this in the letter to the Chairperson of the Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech Hanna Herman.
He reminded that the findings on freedom of speech and the media were published in OHCHR reports on the human rights situation in Ukraine and the 32nd such report was published on September 23, 2021.
Below is the full text of the letter:
Dear Ms. Herman,
Thank you for your letter addressed to the High Commissioner for Human Rights received on 17 September 2021, highlighting freedom of expression issues in Ukraine.
I have shared your letter and concerns with our Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, which closely follows and assesses developments impacting freedom of expression such as sanctions imposed by the Government, The Mission also documents threats and attacks against journalists and other media professionals. Our findings regarding freedom of expression and of the media are published in OHCHR reports on the human rights situation in Ukraine. The 32nd such report was published on 23 September 2021 and will be pre4sented to the Human Rights Council on 5 October 2021.
I encourage you to raise any other human rights concerns with our Mission in Ukraine.
Earlier, the Charity Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech addresses international organizations and social movements calling to protect internet freedom. In particular, it has already addressed the OSCE representatives on freedom of media, members of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, in particular, its chairman David McAllister. And also to the Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Matti Maasikas, members of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee, President of the European Parliament David Maria Sassoli, Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Germany, Italy and Spain.
In addition, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of the Charity Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech in Ukraine Hanna Herman and a journalist, TV host of Pershiy Nezaleznhiy (First Independent) TV channel Diana Panchenko, on behalf of work collectives of illegally closed Ukrainian media, addressed an open letter to the leadership of the European Council, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. In the letter, the journalists informed representatives of the European Union about the illegal actions of the Ukrainian authorities towards independent media.
Charity Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech held a press conference where it summed up the results of his work for the first six months.
Chairperson of the Foundation Hanna Herman insisted that members of the Foundation have been doing everything possible for freedom of speech in Ukraine, for reporters to be able to do their job and not to be afraid of the government; for the rule of democracy, not totalitarianism.