Poroshenko signed a Law on the Constitutional Court which is called falsified by human rights defenders
President Petro Poroshenko signed the Law “On the Constitutional Court of Ukraine” that was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on July 13 and which prescribes an open voting procedure for the election of a new Ombudsman.
As reported by the Press Office of the Presidential Administration.
Poroshenko believes that the signed document is an integral part of the judicial reform, which is aimed at ensuring the right of citizens of Ukraine to a fair trial.
The President noted two principal innovations of the Law.
“Absolutely transparent competitive selection of candidates for the position of judges in the Constitutional Court”, – Poroshenko emphasized.
The President noted that noted that everyone will have the opportunity to get acquainted with any given candidate.
Another innovation is the possibility of any legal (excluding representatives of the State or local government) or private entity to file a complaint with the Constitutional Court.
As a reminder, human rights defenders, including the Amnesty International, the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, the Human Rights Information Centre and others, have signed an appeal addressed to Poroshenko calling not to sign not to sign the Law on the Constitutional Court, which provides for an open vote procedure for the Ombudsman’s candidacy.
On July 13, the Parliament has adopted the Law of Ukraine “On the Constitutional Court of Ukraine” under the number 6427-d as a whole. This was preceded by a discussion of the amendment voiced by People’s Deputy Olga Chervakova, which concerned the preservation of the procedure of secret voting for candidates for the position of Ombudsman.
“Despite the fact that the number of the amendment was wrongly named, the text of the verbatim clearly stated the concrete essence of this proposal. 227 people’s deputies supported it during the vote”, – the human rights defenders noted.
According to the authors of the appeal, immediately after the consideration of this agenda item, information on the voting results was displayed on the official website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine as a vote for a proposal to the bill. But in a few minutes it was changed to another, incorrect correction and a vote on this proposal was never held.