Amnesty International Ukraine insists that the Ukrainian authorities stop putting pressure on anti-corruption activists and NGOs; the respective statement was released on the organization’s website on Tuesday.
Amnesty International is concerned about the latest tendencies; currently, the government ‘has been planning new discriminative requirements for activities of non-governmental organizations and opening criminal cases against anti-corruption entities because of their legal activity.’
‘The Ukrainian government should cease persecutions and acts of intimidation against activists and NGOs; the authorities should also see to it that the newly approved laws do not limit NGOs’ rights for freedom of expression and the freedom of assembly too much’, the human rights activists said.
Specifically, they criticized the law about prevention of corruption, already approved by the parliament and signed by the President; it obliges anti-corruption organizations and activists to file annual declarations of incomes. ‘Investigations into acts of corruption should not be punished; activists are under pressure and face the threat of persecutions. This law violates their rights, since they are obliged to provide their personal information, including their home addresses’, Amnesty International said in the statement.