MP Oleg Voloshyn met with the co-rapporteurs of the PACE Monitoring Committee
On Monday, June 5, in the Verkhovna Rada, the members of the Permanent Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe met with the co-rapporteurs of the PACE Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) Mr Alfred Heer and Mr Birgir Thorarinsson.
According to Oleg Voloshyn, MP for OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE, the issues on which the opposition focused the co-rapporteurs’ attention included: freedom of speech in Ukraine, blocking of the work of the Constitutional Court, violations of the rights of national minorities.
“The situation with freedom of speech, the closure of TV channels, the resonant killings of journalists that have not yet been investigated – these topics were raised by OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE during the meeting with the PACE representatives. The shelling of the building of the 112 Ukraine TV channel from a grenade launcher and attacks on journalists are a direct consequence of the complete immunity of extreme right-wing nationalist groups, which feel their impunity for their crimes, including for murder”, Oleg Voloshyn emphasized.
As for blocking by the authorities of the work of the Constitutional Court, according to MP Voloshyn, that is direct violation of the principle of the rule of law.
“The President has no right to block the work of the Constitutional Court on the grounds that the President personally does not like the verdicts passed by the Constitutional Court. If the President personally determines which decisions are “good” and which are “bad” – then this has nothing to do with democracy and the rule of law, but more like a dictatorship. At the same time, the authorities are not ready for any critical assessments from the Europeans”, Oleg Voloshyn stressed.
The visit of the representatives of the PACE Monitoring Committee will last in Ukraine until July 7. A number of meetings are planned with the heads and members of the relevant committees of the Verkhovna Rada, the public and experts.