Kuleba met with ODIHR Director Matteo Mecacci
Kuleba put forward an initiative to make Ukraine a regional hub for OSCE activities in the field of human rights protection and strengthening of civil society.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba met with the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Matteo Mecacci during his visit to Stockholm. It is reported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
It is noted that against the background of Russia’s blocking of the OSCE meetings on the implementation of human dimension measures (HDIM) Dmitry Kuleba put forward an initiative to make Ukraine a regional hub for the OSCE’s activities in the field of human rights protection and strengthening civil society.
“There is a very strong civil society in Ukraine. We consider this a strength and advantage of our country. Therefore, we are ready to take on the role of a regional hub for strengthening civil society in the Central European region,” the minister said.
He invited the OSCE / ODIHR to consider the possibility of holding events in Ukraine that would provide a platform for effective interaction between representatives of governments and civil societies of the states of the region.
Kuleba noted the importance of regional and international mechanisms, including the ODIHR, monitoring, including remote monitoring, of the human rights situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine in accordance with Ukrainian national legislation and international law.
In addition, during the meeting, the issue of protecting the rights of Ukrainian citizens held in places of imprisonment in the Russian Federation and in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories was raised.
Earlier it was reported that at the OSCE ministerial meeting there was “diplomatic skirmish”.