The United Nations and the Council of Europe are concerned about the possible adoption of the law on the temporarily occupied territory by Verhovna Rada
10:57 / 13 Feb. 2017 / 157
UN Agency for Refugees, the Council of Europe, CF “Right to Protect” point out that adoption of the draft law №3593-d “On the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine” will have negative effects on protection of human rights, freedom of movement and delivery of humanitarian assistance to those those in need.
In particular, the Agency for Refugees and partners turn to Parliament to take into account international standards on human rights in the development of legislation on the status of territories outside the control of government. Agency for Refugees with other international and non-governmental organizations expressed concern about the content of the proposed bill and draws attention to the possible negative effects on protection of human rights, freedom of movement and delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need.
In particular, the UN Refugees Agency and partners appealed to the Parliament with a request to take into account international human rights standards in the development of legislation regarding the status of the territories beyond the control of the government. The UN Refugee Agency, together with other international and non-governmental organizations expressed concern about the content of the proposed legislation, and draws attention to the possible negative consequences with respect to the protection of human rights, freedom of movement and the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need.
Special Advisor to Council of Europe’s Secretary General for Ukraine in his appeal to the authors of the bill noted that the bill violates the PACE №2133(p.17.3) Resolution and some of its provisions contradict the provisions of the Minsk Agreement, should therefore be revised.
– Depriving citizens of basic political rights for an indefinite period as saying in the draft of the bill is a threat to basic democratic European principles. In addition, the adoption of this document significantly complicates the situation of human rights at the territories temporarily beyond the control of the Government and rights of internally displaced persons. This can have a negative impact on the humanitarian situation and the ability to assist those in need in the uncontrolled territories”, – said in a statement.
According to Regis Brillat bill contradicts the Ukrainian Constitution, the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Social Charter. Besides, this document does not lie in the same plane with the approach set out by the Government of Ukraine, which adopted the Action Plan on population uncontrolled territories reintegration. The Action Plan proposes concrete steps to improve the situation with the rights of citizens of Ukraine on the CNT and was welcomed by the Council of Europe. Therefore, the Council of Europe is strongly recommended not to introduce this document in the session hall of the parliament without a thorough study.
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