On behalf of the Government and me personally, I congratulate You on the Human Rights Day!
Today the world celebrates illustrious and remarkable anniversary - the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that for the first time in the world history has proclaimed that everyone on this planet has personal, civil and political rights that no one has the right to deprive them. The adoption of the Declaration had triggered the emergence of a new world order in which human being, his or her life and health are recognized as the highest social value.
The Constitution of Ukraine, in its part on human rights and citizen, word for word repeats the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I am assured that the observance of human rights and basic needs satisfaction are the ultimate goals of our society. Therefore, the State duty is to monitor compliance with the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Any violation of these rights must be punishable by law and eliminated, and in no case, it should be tolerated by the state, by any state institutions or by individuals.
Unfortunately, today we are compelled to note a blatant violation of human rights in the occupied Crimea and in certain regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. The number of Ukrainians who are illegally imprisoned in the occupied territories and thrown in the Russian prisons on grounds of senseless allegations is already in the hundreds. The last shameful example of such practices is the illegal arrest and trial of Ukrainian sailors. Ukraine and the whole democratic world are making all legal and diplomatic efforts to bring all Ukrainians back home.
I express my immense gratitude to all public and human rights activists who due to their efforts are ensuring the observance of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution of Ukraine and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I believe that democratic and humanistic choice of Ukraine and of all humanity is final and irreversible!
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr GROYSMAN