Parliament will not vote for candidates for the post of Ombudsman today

Дата: 06 June 2017
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The issue of electing Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights will not be considered today in the Verkhovna Rada.

As reported by Andriy Parubiy, Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada’s Chairperson, today at a meeting of the Counciliation Council.

According to him, “it was planned that the work will begin with the election of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, but there were obstacles in consideration of this issue”.

“Particularly, during the special audit, the National Agency on Corruption Prevention asked to give more time for the verification of all candidates, and according to the law, we can not start the competition and must wait for the final results of the special test”, – said Parubiy.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada informed that a set of questions on tax policy, financial and banking sphere and other questions are proposed for consideration by the parliament.

Today, the plenary work will begin at 12:00 a.m.

As a reminder, on April 28, a five-year term of office for the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Valeriya Lutkovska has ended.

On May 10, human rights defenders call on the Parliament to elect a new Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights without political influence, as well as manipulation and hold an open competition with the involvement of civil society representatives for consultations for this purpose.

On May 22, the international human rights organization Freedom House called on People’s Deputies to hold consultations with civil society before electing the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.

On May 24, the Human Rights Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recognized the candidacies of deputies Lyudmyla Denisova (People’s Front political party), Serhiy Alexeyev (Petro Poroshenko Bloc political party) and lawyer Andriy Mamalyga as those that meet the requirements of the Law on the Ombudsman, and allowed them to compete for this post.

On May 29, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) recommended for the Verkhovna Rada to change the procedure for the election and appointment of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.

On June 1, the organization Reanimation Package of Reforms urged deputies not to vote for the Ombudsman appointed by party quotas.

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