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Amnesty International demands to hold open competition for ombudsman post

The organization emphasized that MPs should vote in ‘pig in a poke’
19:30, 12 May 2017

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International Human Rights Organization Amnesty International demands from Ukrainian Government to hold an open competition for the ombudsmen post. Oksana Pokalchyuk the Chief Acting Officer of the Amnesty International claimed this in her interview for Ukrainian News.

Pokalchyuk emphasized that the candidates for this post should be announced in two weeks, however, there are no public statements from the expected candidates. At the moment MPs should vote in ‘pig in a poke’ but the Amnesty International is against this. The organization is worried that if the person for who party and political interests are more important than human rights holds a post, complex of the elements that we call ombudsman will stop.

'Ombudsman is our only way to interact with the government. If this person is not ready to communicate, we cannot say what is going to be with the human rights. The human rights defenders do not have so much influence on the authorities as the ombudsman has', she explained.

Pokalchyuk added that Amnesty International recommended some candidates for the ombudsmen post.

‘We can assert with confidence that there are many dignified people. We pointed out four people: Larysa Denysenko (human rights defender), Valeriya Lutkovska (present ombudsman), Volodymyr Yavorivsckiy (the Chief Acting Officer of the Ukrainian Helsinki Federation for Human Rights), Evgen Zakharov(Director of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group). But is more an example that there are enough dignified people in Ukraine who can hold such post’, she noticed.

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