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PACE: The functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

The Parliamentary Assembly expresses its deep concern about the political crisis that has ensued in Ukraine following the surprise decision of the Ukrainian authorities to suspend the procedure for the signing of an association agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area agreement, with the European Union. It strongly condemns the escalating violence at the Euromaidan protests, which has already resulted in at least five fatalities.

Secretary General calls on Ukraine to cancel or suspend recent legislation

Jan 27th, 2014 | By

“The initial Council of Europe assessment of the 16 January laws shows that too many provisions are clearly not in compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights. Therefore they should not apply.

Appeal of Ukrainian dissidents, former prisoners of conscience to Amnesty International and Human Rights organizations in the world

Jan 26th, 2014 | By

Forty years ago, we, prisoners of conscience, appealed to Amnesty International and also sought justice in other institutions. Today, we all came out to the Maidan, some of us with our children and grandchildren. Our slogan again is: «Freedom, Justice, Rule of Law». Our appeal is addressed to the West, which embodies these principles and is supposed to defend them everywhere.

Statement of Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle after his visit to Kiev

Jan 25th, 2014 | By

Kiev (25 January) – “I visited Ukraine on behalf of President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and High Representative/ Vice-President Catherine Ashton on Friday and Saturday. To underline that the EU remains engaged in facilitating a peaceful, negotiated solution out of the crisis, I held talks with President Viktor Yanukovych, leaders of the…

Can Europe protect the Euromaidan?

Jan 25th, 2014 | By

By Andrew Wilson – 24 Jan 14 Events in Ukraine have taken a dramatic change for the worse. Five people were killed on Wednesday, some beaten to death, and further confrontation is likely this Sunday. NGOs have issued an emotive “last plea for help”, saying “the international community remains silent, upholding European values on paper…

Ukraine scenarios and Central Europe

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By

By Edward Lucas 23. Jan 2014 European policymakers are eating the ashes of their failed policy in Ukraine. Anyone who six months ago said that the Yanukovych regime would use live ammunition against protestors would have been denounced as a scaremonger. Now it is happening on the streets of a European capital. The scenarios are…

Joint statement of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By

The Foreign Ministers of the Visegrad Group underline that the fundamental rights of Ukrainian citizens – including freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and media – must be fully respected and protected.

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on violence and reported deaths of protesters in Kyiv

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

Ukrainian citizens’ rights of assembly, freedom of expression and media must be fully
respected and protected. I am deeply concerned about attacks on journalists and about
reports of missing persons.

Council of European Union – Council conclusions on Ukraine

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

Recalling the statement of HR Ashton of 17 January 2014, the Council expresses deep concern about the legislation passed by the Verkhovna Rada on 16 January under doubtful procedural circumstances.

Letters: Support Ukrainians and they can help us build a fairer Europe

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

The Guardian, Friday 3 January 2014 21.00 GMT These days, the world is closely watching Ukraine. Some of the recent developments, above all the recurrent attempts of the government to use violence against peaceful demonstrators, raise a serious concern. We, representatives of the international academic community, are especially troubled by the fact that violence and…