On 21 March, the EU and Ukraine held a Human Rights Dialogue. It was the fifth meeting since the signature of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in 2014. The event took place in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
Both sides reiterated their grave concern over the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation on the Crimea peninsula, including the situation of Crimean Tatars, following its illegal annexation by the Russian Federation.
Both sides condemned the human rights violations and abuses in the areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which are not under the full effective control of the Government of Ukraine.
They also called for the immediate release of all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in Russia and the Crimean peninsula, including Pavlo Hryb, Oleh Sentsov, Edem Bekirov, Oleksandr, Kolchenko, Mykola Semena, Volodymyr Balukh, Emir-Usein Kuku and the 24 Ukrainian servicemen captured by Russia on 25 November.
The EU and Ukraine discussed ways to ensure respect for human rights and to mitigate the humanitarian impact of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and of the illegal annexation of the Crimea peninsula.
The two sides also discussed ways to protect the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), including ensuring the realisation of their voting rights, full access to health care, social facilities and other state services, as well as de-linking of pension payments from IDP status.
More on other topics discussed at the meeting can be found here.
The next Human Rights Dialogue meeting between Ukraine and the EU is scheduled to take place in Brussels in spring of 2020.
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