Ukraine: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Ukraine on alleged human rights violations in that country.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State

We are concerned by reports of alleged human rights violations in Ukraine, including in illegally annexed Crimea and areas of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists. During, my recent visit to Ukraine, I discussed with Crimean activists the human rights abuses carried out by the de-facto Russian authorities.

The British Government provides financial support to the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, which works to report and reduce human rights violations and abuses in Ukraine. We also support the work of Global Rights Compliance in Ukraine, which builds the capacity of human rights defenders to document human rights violations and pursue justice for victims of these abuses in Crimea.

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