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13.12.2001

Integration of Ukraine into the European system of human rights protection is accelerating.

   

On 13 September the Supreme Rada of Ukraine approved the law drafts suggested by the President about the ratification of Protocols 1 and 2 to the European Convention on preventing torture, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment.

The mentioned protocols were signed on behalf of Ukraine on 26 January 1998 in Strasbourg.

Ukraine, according to her obligations taken when joining the Council of Europe, ratified the European Convention on preventing torture, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment on 25 January 1997. The Convention came to effect on 1 September 1997.

The Protocols mentioned introduce changes into the procedure of forming the European committee for preventing torture, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, the broadening the circle of eligible participants of the Convention and re-electing the members of the committee every two years is stipulated. The Protocols also introduce changes into the order of delivering annual reports about its activities to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

As Georgiy Udovenko, the head of the parliamentary committee in charge of human rights, national minorities and interethnic relations, pointed out, the ratification of the documents and their implementation, as well as the execution of the clauses of the Convention, will assist the acceleration of the integration of Ukraine into the European system of human rights protection and will improve the image of Ukraine as a democratic law-abiding state.

Besides, the parliamentary committee in charge of human rights, national minorities and interethnic relations considered the documents, handed by the ombudsperson, about the elimination of abuses of the constitutional rights of detained or arrested persons during their captivity inside local organs of the Ministry of Interior.

Taking into consideration the importance of the mentioned problems, which directly concern human rights, the committee approved the decision to organize parliamentary hearing on these problems with the participation of public human rights protecting organizations.

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President Leonid Kuchma signed the laws adopted by the Parliament on the ratification of Protocols 1 and 2 to the European Convention on preventing torture, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment.

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