Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is preparing a report for December on the internal situation in Ukraine because of threats to democracy in the country.
This was announced by the Deputy from the Opposition bloc and first Deputy head of the Verkhovna Rada delegation to PACE Yulia Levochkina, commenting on the results of the meeting of the PACE monitoring committee.
According to her, she told PACE about the oppression of the media and the opposition in Ukraine and paid special attention to the case of the People’s Deputy Vadim Novinsky.
“We said that the complex geopolitical situation around Ukraine should not distract from respecting human rights and democracy in the country. Power will no longer be able to hide behind the oaths of allegiance to European values, and at the same time to grossly violate these values,” said Yulia Levochkina.
She added that in the near future, the Opposition Bloc will present to the monitoring committee all the information on violations of human rights and democratic standards in Ukraine.
“From the deprivation of the opposition of their control functions in Parliament to the lack of progress in the investigation of crimes on Maidan in 2013-2014, and the tragic events in Odessa on 2 May 2014,” it is said on the website of the Opposition bloc .
It should be noted that PACE adopted a resolution in which it mentions the pressure applied to the opposition and media in Ukraine.
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