Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Ukraine Open For Discussion Of Freedom Of Expression Situation With Global Institutions

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine is open for discussion with global institutions of the situation connected with the freedom of expression, Foreign Affairs Minister Kostiantyn Hryschenko has announced when speaking to an informal meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe member-states in Kazakhstan.
"... Ukrainian leadership is ready for the uttermost open and frank discussion of the situation with the freedom of expression as with the OSCE, so as with other heavyweight institutions," Hryschenko said at a meeting with the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic.

Besides, he confirmed the invitation, sent by order of President Viktor Yanukovych, to Mijatovic to come to Kyiv and see on the spot how in reality rights of the Ukrainian media are being secured.

Mijatovic from her side stated her preparedness to visit Kyiv to draft a fundamental report on the situation with the freedom of expression in Ukraine.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is concerned over restriction of democratic freedoms in Ukraine, such as the freedom of expression, the freedom of the media, the freedom of assembly.

PACE hopes Ukrainian leadership to respect human rights and freedoms.

The parliamentary opposition had announced its intention to appeal to PACE for looking into the situation with the freedom of expression in Ukraine in June.

The European Union considers respect of human rights and the freedom of expression in Ukraine as guarantee for further strengthening of bilateral relations.

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