Venice Commission to call on Ukraine in February over 'lustration' law
MOSCOW, January 19 (RAPSI) - The representatives of the Council of Europe's Venice Commission will visit Ukraine in February, to hold additional consultations over the recently adopted 'lustration' law, for prosecuting corrupt officials from the Yanukovich administration, RIA Novosti reports on Monday.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed last October the law which provides for blacklisting officials suspected of power abuse under former president Viktor Yanukovich. About a million of government and law enforcement officials face probing and possible prosecution under the law.
In December 2014, the Venice Commission released a statement concerning the Ukrainian lustration law, stressing that all procedures included in the law must adhere to the Constitution, European standards of law and human rights.
The Venice Commission noted that the list of positions to be lustrated should be reconsidered, as lustration must concern only positions that may genuinely pose a significant danger to human rights or democracy.
The Russian Foreign Ministry repeatedly stated that the lustration law literally legitimizes political persecution in Ukraine.
The Venice Commission is an advisory body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts in the field of constitutional law, such as university professors and higher court judges appointed by their governments for terms of four years.