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G7 ambassadors call to maintain the independence of the Commissioner's institution in Ukraine

02.06.2022, 17:46
Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

The ambassadors of the Group of Seven have issued a statement on the need to maintain the independence of the institution of the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, European Pravdа reports.

"G7 ambassadors express support for the institution of the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, whose independence should be protected, including during martial law. The right of every Ukrainian to turn to the Commissioner for protection of their rights is enshrined in the Constitution. And this right is especially important in the context of the ongoing atrocities committed by the russian army in Ukraine," the ambassadors said.

As IMI reported, on May 31, the Verkhovna Rada dismissed Lyudmila Denisova from the position of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights. She said that she would contest the decision to dismiss her from the position of the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, which she considers illegal, in court.

On May 31, over 30 human rights organizations called on the Verkhovna Rada to stop politicizing and trying to destroy the independence of the Ombudsman's institution and to create conditions for an independent competition for this position in compliance with all international standards.

On May 25, 2022, female Ukrainian media workers called on the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova to abstain from excessively detailed descriptions of sexual crimes during the war, as well as to verify and carefully consider every word to avoid sensationalism in the reports.

Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova stated that Lyudmila Denisova did not provide her with any information on rape cases which she reported on social media. Instead, the Commissioner was sending emails.

Lyudmila Denisova was appointed the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights on March 15, 2018. Her term of office should have lasted 5 years.

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission has stated that the dismissal of Lyudmila Denisova goes against international standards and undermines the independence of this important human rights institution in Ukraine.

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