Poroshenko’s “Martial Law” Decree Violates 12 Constitutional Rights of Ukrainians

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


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In the Verkhovna Rada on November 26th there was a scandal because a bullet point about the restriction of a person’s rights and freedoms that suddenly appeared in the decree of the president Petro Poroshenko on martial law.

Thus, a printed version of the decree of Poroshenko was distributed to People’s Deputies, and in the document there is a 3rd bullet point that is not in the document published on the website of the President and wasn’t mentioned during the meeting of the National Security and Defence Council on Sunday.

The decree’s 3rd bullet point lists the rights of citizens that are limited to the decree. In the document that was distributed to deputies 12 constitutional rights of Ukrainians are violated.

Restrictions in relation to the rights of citizens enshrined in 12 articles of the constitution are stipulated: inviolability of housing, privacy of communications, protection of personal information, freedom of movement and speech, participation in elections and peaceful assemblies, the right to private property, the prevention of forced labor, and the right to strike and education.

All 24 points of restrictions concern legal entities.

The people’s deputy Yury Chizhmar from the “Radical Party” said that the session was disrupted because of restrictions of the rights of citizens – concerning elections, property rights, and others. Therefore deputies of the “Radical Party” [led by Oleg Lyashko – ed] and “Fatherland” [led by Yuliya Tymoshenko – ed] demanded a break for consultations with the president. Thus, the Rada session arrived on the verge of collapse.

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The president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko left the Verkhovna Rada, without making a speech at the emergency session during which deputies make a decision on the introduction of martial law in the country.

It is noted that the head of state was in the Verkhovna Rada and waited to make his speech for about an hour, however due to the blocking of work by the leaders of the aforementioned political parties, he made the decision to cancel his speech.

“Since Lyashko and Tymoshenko blocked the work, he left and wrote a post on Facebook,” reported the source.

In turn, the Vice Speaker of the Rada Oksana Syroid reported that Poroshenko, most likely, did not want to communicate with the leaders of factions, although he was in the office of the chairman of the parliament Andriy Parubiy.

“We wanted to communicate with the president. However the president ran away,” she said.

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