Members of European Parliament: “In Ukraine It’s Not Democracy, It’s a Dictatorship”

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

11:54:09
07/02/2019

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Deputies of the European Parliament believe that the criminal case that was initiated against one of the leaders of the opposition in Ukraine Viktor Medvedchuk is an infringement of freedom of speech and a violation of the law.

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Thus, first of all, voicing possible ways of solving the conflict in Donbass should not be pursued by the prosecutor’s office, deputies believe.

“The right to freedom of speech has to be sacred, because it helps to solve a problem. Of course, the situation in Donbass should worry everyone. Also it is necessary to welcome any attempts to create constructive solutions, and not to answer them with threats”

said the Euro-parliamentarian William Dartmouth

Moreover, representatives of different political parties must have the opportunity to state their political views both in parliament and outside of it.

“If Ukraine wants to be an independent democratic state that respects freedom of speech and freedom of worship and self-expression, then it must ensure that representatives of different political parties can state their political views both in parliament and outside of it. If prosecutors or the government decide that these views are unacceptable and use the police and courts to suppress these views, then it is not democracy but a dictatorship”

considers the European Parliament deputy Steven Woolfe

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