Ukraine could become a regional hub for OSCE activities for the protection of human rights and the development of civil society.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba made a corresponding proposal during a meeting with Matteo Mecacci, Director of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), in Stockholm , informs the press service of the ministry.
“In the context of Russia’s blocking of OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meetings (HDIM), Dmytro Kuleba proposed the initiative to make Ukraine a regional center for OSCE activities in the field of the protection of human rights and the development of civil society, ”the statement read.
“Ukraine has a very powerful civil society. We consider this to be the strength and advantage of our country. Therefore, we are ready to assume the role of regional hub for strengthening civil society in the Central European region ”, said Kuleba.
In this context, the Minister invited the OSCE / ODIHR to consider the possibility of organizing events in Ukraine that would provide a platform for effective cooperation between representatives of governments and civil societies in the region.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reaffirmed Ukraine’s full support for the mandate of the Office of Assistance to Participating States in the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms and the Conduct of Democratic Elections.
The minister assured that the issues of guaranteeing human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule of law, tolerance and non-discrimination, as well as the further development of democratic institutions, would remain among the priorities of the Council. ‘Ukraine. To this end, the Ukrainian side will continue to work closely and constructively with the ODIHR in the areas of its competence.
In addition, Kuleba underlined the importance of monitoring, including from a distance, the human rights situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine in accordance with Ukrainian domestic law and international law by regional and international mechanisms. , including the ODIHR.
The parties also discussed the protection of the rights of Ukrainian citizens currently imprisoned in the Russian Federation and in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories.