Ukrainians may be banned to complain of rights violated by power and court

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine wants to prohibit citizens from complaining about violation of their rights by the authorities and courts. Photo: timeforaction.in.ua

MPs from Servant of the People propose to prohibit citizens from complaining to the Ombudsman about their rights violated by the President, Rada, Cabinet and courts.

A group of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada from the Servant of the People party registered a draft law on amending the powers of the Ombudsman with a view to providing a list of state bodies whose activities cannot be the subject of individual complaints from citizens of Ukraine. According to bill No. 5019 dated February 2, 2021, Ukrainians will no longer be allowed to complain about violations of their rights by the President, the Verkhovna Rada, the Cabinet of Ministers, as well as judges of the Constitutional and other courts.

The explanatory note states that such exclusion is necessary due to the status of the above state bodies. “However, the exclusion of the activities of such bodies from the scope of the Law does not mean that the Ombudsman will not be able to influence the activities of these bodies by providing expertise of draft acts, making public statements and speeches, providing an assessment of their activities in terms of risks for the observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms," the deputies from the "Servant of the people" say in the explanatory note to the law.
    
Now the bill is being considered by the Rada committees.

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