UN Human Rights Committee as a high-level control body established by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, published in 11th of November, 2021 the Concluding observations on the eighth periodic report of Ukraine, CCPR/C/UKR/CO/8. In this act the Committee, having due regard for General Assembly resolution 68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine, welcomed the measures taken by Ukraine to ensure the respect of human rights in the AR of Crimea, and the city of Sevastopol, temporarily occupied by Russia. Committee stressed its concerns that individuals in these regions are unable to enjoy the same level of protection of their rights under the Covenant as their counterparts in the rest of Ukraine. Despite the measures taken by Ukraine, the Committee regretted the difficulties encountered by individuals, including when seeking the issuance of birth certificates in the relevant areas, which requires a prior court decision.

Concluding observations stressed that Ukraine should take all appropriate measures to ensure that all individuals in all parts of Ukraine territory can effectively enjoy their rights guaranteed under the Covenant. So Ukraine should remove any obstacles to ensure that all children born in its territory are registered free of charge and receive an official birth certificate, stressed the UN Committee. Also the Committee commended Ukraine on the measures taken to enhance the protection of civilians on the AR of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, temporarily occupied by Russia.

Committee recognized the positive significance of some Ukraine normative acts adopted on those issues such as the Action Plan on Implementation of Certain Principles of the State Internal Policy on Temporarily Occupied Territories of Crimea, 2018. Commenting on the Concluding observations, Ukrainian diplomats in Geneva also recalled the role of the Law on Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine, 2021 for protection of the rights of Crimea’s inhabitants. Let us remember that exactly this UN Committee first among the international judicial bodies stressed in its Concluding observations on the seventh periodic report of Russia, CCPR/C/RUS/CO/7 in April, 2015 on the human rights violation committed by Russia both in the Crimea and in the East of Ukraine.