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Intervention by Estonia at the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session under Item 10 General Debate


UN Human Rights Council 36th Session



Intervention by ESTONIA



Item 10 – General Debate

Geneva, 28 September 2017

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Mr President,

Distinguished High Commissioner,

Estonia aligns itself with the statement delivered by the European Union. We highly appreciate the valuable work of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the field of technical cooperation and capacity building.

We thank the High Commissioner for his report on cooperation with Georgia.

Estonia expresses deep concern over the humanitarian and human rights situation in the occupied territories of Georgia. We would like to stress that while a peaceful solution to the conflict remains to be found, it is still crucial to guarantee fundamental freedoms and international human rights standards. We regret that the authorities de facto in control in the occupied areas have failed to respect right to life, safety, dignity, freedom of movement and privacy.

We would like to ask the High Commissioner how does the so-called borderization - the setting up of razor wire and other forms of fencing, watchtowers and other monitoring equipment by the Russian Federation border guards – affect the enjoyment of human rights of the local inhabitants.

Finally, Estonia reaffirms its resolute support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders – Abkhazia and South Ossetia are integral parts of Georgia. We also join the UN Secretary-General and the OHCHR in their calls on the de facto authorities to grant OHCHR and other international humanitarian and human rights organizations unhindered access to the mentioned territories.

Thank you.


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