INTERVENTION BY THE HOLY SEE
AT THE 28th SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ON UKRAINE
STATEMENT BY H.E.
ARCHBISHOP SILVANO M. TOMASI
PERMANENT OBSERVER OF THE HOLY SEE TO THE UNITED NATIONS
AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN GENEVA*
Thursday, 26 March 2015
With reference to the Statement made by this Permanent Mission at the 25th
Session of the Human Rights Council on 26 March 2014, the Holy See reiterates
its closeness and solidarity to all the people of Ukraine, whose country
continues to be affected by the present conflict.
With this intervention, the Holy See intends to stress once again the urgent
need to respect international legality regarding Ukraine’s territory and borders,
as a key element for ensuring stability at both the national and regional levels,
and to re- establish law and order based on full respect for all fundamental
In this regard, the Holy See welcomes the steps taken to enforce the
ceasefire, which is intended as an essential condition to arrive at political
solutions exclusively through dialogue and negotiation. At the same time, it
emphasizes the crucial need for all parties to implement the decisions taken by
common agreement, acknowledging in this context the efforts made by the UN, the
other relevant organizations with reference to the Package of Measures for the
Implementation of the Minsk Agreements.
The Holy See holds that the full adherence of all parties to the provisions
of said Agreements is a prerequisite for all further efforts to improve the
humanitarian and human rights situation in the affected territories, by, first
of all, bringing an end to the loss of human life, acts of violence and other
forms of abuse. It should also include the release of all hostages and illegally
held persons and ensure unfettered access by all legitimate actors to provide
humanitarian assistance in those areas.
At the same time the Holy See is concerned about the social emergency facing
the population living in the areas affected, who suffer from poverty, hunger,
insecurity and health risks. It is also concerned about injured and displaced
persons and families suffering from the loss of loved ones. In this urgent
situation, the Holy See is committed to offering its assistance through its
institutions and requests that the charitable organisations of the Catholic
Church intensify and coordinate their efforts to provide assistance to the
people of Ukraine. The Holy See also wishes to express its confidence in the
solidarity of the international community.
* L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n. 15, 10 April 2015.