#Maidan Diary: EU – HR Catherine Ashton calls on President to revise decisions and bring them in line with international commitments.

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Brussels, 17 January 2014 140117/01

STATEMENT

by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on developments in the Ukrainian Parliament

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:

“I am deeply concerned by the events in Kyiv. Several pieces of legislation restricting the Ukrainian citizens’ fundamental rights have been hurriedly passed in an apparent disrespect of parliamentary procedures and democratic principles.

I am particularly concerned by the changes to the judicial code which impose worrying restrictions on the rights of assembly and on the freedom of speech and media, and are contrary to Ukraine’s international obligations. The changes that seem to seriously curtail the activities of civil society organisations in Ukraine and simplify procedures for revocation of mandates of Members of Parliament are equally worrying.

These regrettable developments come at a time of political crisis and do not contribute to building confidence and finding a political solution which can only happen through an inclusive dialogue with all stakeholders.

I call on the President of Ukraine to ensure that these decisions are revised and brought in line with Ukraine’s international commitments.”

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FOR FURTHER DETAILS:
Michael Mann +32 498 999 780 – +32 2 584 9780- Michael.Mann@eeas.europa.eu @EUHighRepSpox Maja Kocijancic +32 498 984 425 – +32 2 298 65 70 – Maja.Kocijancic@ec.europa.eu @AshtonSpox_Maja Sebastien Brabant +32 460 75 09 98 – Sebastien.Brabant@ec.europa.eu
Eamonn Prendergast +32 460 75 32 93 – Eamonn.Prendergast@ec.europa.eu
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Source: http://www.eeas.europa.eu/statements/docs/2014/140117_01_en.pdf

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