Advocates demanded the Parliament to elect High Commissioner on competitive and transparent basis
On March 13 in Kyiv, near the building of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, advocates demanded to make transparent the process of electing the Parliamentary High Commissioner of Ukraine for Human rights, and to start a new transparent contest engaging international and national law enforcement organizations, Center for Information on Human Rights informs. The action was organized by the Center of Information on Human Rights, Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Association, Center for Civil Rights, Crimean Advocacy Group and Асоціація UMDPL Association. The action participants brought to the Parliament three old new year trees and called to the MPs “to cease political bargaining” and not to vote for any of the three candidates for the position of High Commissioner, as they “do not have support of advocacy and international community”. The advocates also reminded that the term of Valeria Lutkovska ended as far back as on April 27, 2017. They pointed out that during the year they petitioned MPs several times demanding a transparent and open contest for the position of the High Commissioner, engaging civil society representatives. Similar petitions were sent by the UN Monitoring Commission in Ukraine, OSCE, Amnesty International, Freedom House and European Network of National Human Rights Institutions. All those voices were ignored. Instead, in May of 2017, three candidates were offered – Liudmyla Denisova (“People's Front”), Serhiy Alekseev (“Bloc of Petro Poroshenko”) and Andriy Mamalyha (faction of Oleh Liashko “Radical Party”), and the PArliament failed to support one of them within the term stipulated in the law. The advocates pointed out that none of these people have a proper experience of advocacy, and their nomination was non-transparent, a result of non-public negotiations between the parliamentary parties.
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