I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The Candidate Countries the Republic of North Macedonia*, Montenegro*, and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, align themselves with this statement.
We thank Mexico for presenting this resolution to the Third Committee, and for their leadership on the promotion of the human rights of migrants. We welcome the new references in the text aimed at promoting gender-responsive policies, and the focus on non-discrimination and leaving no one behind.
The EU continues to be fully committed to the promotion and protection of all human rights, including those of migrants. The EU upholds human rights principles in relation to refugees, internally displaced persons, and migrants, paying particular attention to women, children, and persons in vulnerable situations.
The EU engaged constructively in the negotiations of this resolution in order to ensure a comprehensive approach to the protection and promotion of the human rights of migrants. We regret in this regard that the resolution fails to recognise the urgent need for international cooperation to counter attempts to instrumentalise migrants for political purposes.
We remain extremely concerned by the situation of migrants at the Belarus border. The authoritarian regime in Belarus is cynically using vulnerable people for political purposes, putting their lives and health in danger in order to distract from human rights violations and brutal repression in the country.
We condemn in the strongest terms this inhumane and intolerable behaviour and reject any attempt by third countries to instrumentalise human beings. We express our full solidarity to the people affected. We call on the Belarusian regime to immediately stop such practices and other hybrid threats to people’s lives and health, and to urgently allow access to humanitarian aid.
This concerning situation requires a strong international reaction and cooperation. We call on all Member States to take a stance with us to protect the human rights and lives of all people affected.
I thank you, Chair.
* The Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.