PACE adopts controversial resolution on Ukraine

The Parliamentary Assembly in Strasburg voted for resolution on the functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine.

Resolution starts with traditional phrases welcoming so called “revolution of dignity”, accuses Russia of annexation of Crimea and makes this country responsible for implementation of Minsk protocols. PACE believes “the concerns of the Ukrainian authorities about Russia’s propaganda and information war are legitimate and understandable.” Assembly also welcomed democratic transformation in Ukraine, while it does not exist in reality.

But from the other hand the same resolution condemns Kiev authorities for various reactionary acts.

The resolution notes that a number of Russian journalists and media representatives have been declared a threat to national security and the constitutional order and banned from entering Ukraine. The Assembly states that banning journalist from entering Ukraine should only be applied as a measure of last resort. “The Assembly is concerned about the publication of the names and addresses of a large number of journalists accredited in the Donbas region who were therefore accused of collaboration with the rebels, jeopardising their personal integrity.”

For example “the Assembly expresses its disquiet about the human rights concerns that have been raised with regard to the law on lustration. It therefore urges the Verkhovna Rada to adopt, without delay, the amendments to this law that were prepared in co-operation with the Venice Commission” in order to implement the law “in line with European standards.”

PACE underlined “that the decentralization process is important for the stability and democratic consolidation of the country as a whole, also taking into account the ethnic composition of the regions.”

The Assembly noted “that individual members of the Verkhovna Rada have appealed the Law on the Principles of the State Language Policy to the Constitutional Court, claiming the unconstitutionality of some of its provisions as well as the manner in which it was adopted. The Assembly expresses its concerns that some projects aim at narrowing the current rights of national minorities. It is of foremost importance that, under the legal regulations to be modified, national minorities can preserve the present rights to use their minority languages which are provided by the Constitution and by all international commitments of the country. Emphasising the importance of the continuation of an inclusive policy towards minority languages for the stability of the country, the Assembly calls on the authorities to ensure that, in the event that the Law on State Languages is repealed by the Court, the low threshold for the use of minority languages contained in that law is maintained.”

PACE also reiterated to call to the authorities to fully investigate the violence and fatalities during the Euromaidan as well as the events in and around the Trade Union building in Odessa.

Despite quite moderate critic of Kiev regime, its deputies in the Assembly refused to vote for resolution. They consider it to rough. In return their opponents, like Andrej Hunko (Germany), have not voted too, considering critic too slight.


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