The OPPOSITION BLOC faction in the Verkhovna Rada addressed the ambassadors of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Japan and the USA concerning the protection of the voting rights of internally displaced persons in Ukraine. The corresponding letter signed by the Co-Chairman of the faction Yuriy Boyko emphasizes that the internally displaced persons cannot properly exercise their right to participate both in the management of state affairs and elections.
The letter notes that as of August 2018, the number of internally displaced persons in Ukraine exceeds 1.5 million. “International standards for the protection of the rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons explicitly prohibit discrimination or other forms of restrictions of the rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons. The Constitution of Ukraine guarantees citizens the right to participate in the management of state affairs, all-Ukrainian and local referendums, to freely elect and be elected to the bodies of state power and bodies of local self-government (art. 38),” said in the address.
“In practice, however, internally displaced persons cannot properly exercise their democratic right to express their will. Although they have the right to vote in the presidential elections and in the national electoral district in the parliamentary elections, only a part of them uses the opportunities provided by the Constitution of Ukraine and the relevant laws of Ukraine,” the oppositionists emphasized.
That is why the OPPOSITION BLOC faction has developed a draft law of Ukraine “On amendments to certain laws of Ukraine concerning the provision of electoral rights of internally displaced persons” (Reg. № 4471 of 19.04.2016), which provides citizens of Ukraine – internally displaced persons with an opportunity to exercise their constitutional suffrage. However, this draft law has not yet been worked out by the relevant committees and is not considered at the plenary sessions of the Verkhovna Rada, so on the eve of the parliamentary and presidential elections in Ukraine the issue remains unresolved.
“The adoption of this draft law would confirm respect for the rule of law, facilitated the holding of elections in accordance with the norms and standards of the OSCE and the Council of Europe, and weaken social tensions about discrimination of significant number of citizens of Ukraine.
We express the hope that this will be brought to the leadership of your state, a public assessment of the restriction of the constitutional rights of internally displaced persons will be given and this will be the subject of discussion during your meetings with representatives of the Ukrainian authorities,” the letter stresses.
“The OPPOSITION BLOC faction in the Verkhovna Rada will continue the struggle for the rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens, for the democratic future of Ukraine,” the oppositionists summed up.