Ukraine urges immediate end to "discrimination, harassment of minorities and indigenous persons"

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Yurii Klymenko. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

Ukraine has called for the immediate end to all acts of discrimination and harassment, in particular towards persons belonging to minorities and indigenous peoples.

The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN office in Geneva, Yurii Klymenko made the call on Friday at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Ambassador Klymenko requested the Council to include this clause in a UN resolution regarding aid to Ukraine in the field of Human Rights.

Although his government has made great efforts and achievements to improve the situation, he said, there were still a range of human rights issues of concern.

"These are wide ranging but include the rights of persons belonging to minorities, freedom of expression and of journalists, accountability of past violations and investigations of notable incidents which resulted in civilian deaths such as Maiden protests and events in Odessa of 2 May."

Meanwhile, Russia said it also remained very concerned about the violations of human rights in Ukraine, including the rise of neo-Nazism and xenophobia.

Its representative in Geneva deplored that the Council was being "used for political aims" and that the amendments to the text were "cosmetic".

The mandate of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has been extended for a further three months.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

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