Venice Commission recommended Ukraine to amend the law on the transitional period in Donbass


    The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe published an opinion on the Ukrainian draft law “On the Foundations of State Policy for the Transition Period” in Crimea and Donbass, in which it recommended changing the document. This is reported by the edition “European truth”

    Venice Commission recommendations:

    • bring the provisions on liability for criminal offenses committed in connection with the temporary occupation in line with international law;
    • to reconsider the current differentiated attitude towards different categories of criminals;
    • to narrow and clarify the provision on lustration;
    • to reconsider that the law is intended to establish the truth about all crimes, and not those committed by certain specific actors in the conflict;
    • to clearly formulate the provisions for the qualification of documents of the temporarily occupied territories;
    • review the restrictive approach to the recognition of academic certificates, degrees and titles;
    • reflect in the draft the special constitutional status of Crimea and Sevastopol.

    Venice Commission – The European Commission for Democracy through Law is an advisory body on constitutional law, created under the Council of Europe (CoE) in 1990. Countries outside the CE can also participate in its work.

    The Ukrainian authorities have prepared a draft law “On the State Policy of the Transition Period” in Donbass in August. According to the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, it de facto means the country’s withdrawal from the Minsk agreements. This coincides with the opinion of the head of the Russian delegation in the trilateral contact group Boris Gryzlov.

    More details – in the material of “Kommersant” “Ukraine is blocked from leaving Minsk.”


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