Canada Declaration to be additional tool to make Russia release Ukrainian political prisoners – Kuleba

Canada Declaration to be additional tool to make Russia release Ukrainian political prisoners – Kuleba

On February 15, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba took part in a ministerial conference initiated by Canada to adopt a Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations.

The main goal of this Canada’s initiative is to unite like-minded countries of the world committed to international law and human rights to build a collective global response to coercive diplomacy, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

In his speech, Kuleba drew attention to an acute problem of arbitrary arrests in Crimea and certain areas of Donbas, temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation. “Currently, about 100 Ukrainians are illegally detained in Russia and in Crimea. Politically motivated persecution of the citizens of Ukraine on fabricated charges has become a routine practice of the occupying power. We view this Declaration as an important additional tool to make the Russian Federation fulfill its obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law, release all Ukrainian citizens arbitrarily arrested and illegally imprisoned by Russia, protect victims, and prevent further human rights violations,” he said.

The minister drew attention to Ukraine’s Crimean Platform initiative aimed at consolidating international efforts to de-occupy Crimea, and invited the conference participants to take part in its inaugural summit this year.

“International solidarity played a significant role in our effort to achieve the release of dozens of political prisoners from Russian captivity. We should remain united and speak vocally. Consolidated action and joint pressure remain key factors in the further release of our political prisoners,” Kuleba said.

As a reminder, in October 2020, Canada initiated the Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations, the purpose of which was to "create a global collective response to coercive diplomacy".

Up until now, the initiative has been supported by 52 countries.


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