Sotnyk: “The parliament voted down the legislation, which could have provided our citizens with unconditional access to public information”

The Verkhovna Rada failed to vote for the ratification of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Access to Official Documents. Samopomich supported the initiative.

MP Olena Sotnyk says that as a result of this decision of the Verkhovna Rada, the position of the Ukrainian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is now weakened on the eve of the October session. Secondly, now officials will be able to continue ignoring the right of Ukrainians to access public information.

Olena Sotnyk notes, “Ratification of the Convention could have once and for all put an end to the manipulations on the part of the state authorities and their obstruction to access all documents that are not confidential or do not have other restrictions (national security, personal data, etc.)”.

In addition, Olena Sotnyk continues, Ukraine could have become the tenth country among the countries of Europe, which would ratify the Convention. She is indignant: “The fact that we did not use this opportunity to enhance Ukraine’s image as a democratic state, which fights for human rights, is an absurd situation.

The delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will soon attend a very important assembly, with regard to which, there are intentions to change practically all the rules to suit Russia. If Ukraine attended it having a strong position of a country that in time of war manages to ratify one of the most important conventions of the Council of Europe, it would be very difficult for many delegations to oppose Ukraine’s position. We would have a very serious argument in the war against lobbyism, which now exists in favour of Russia, among other things.”

The MP concludes: “The failure to support this Convention is actually the support of the Russian Federation in its return to the Council of Europe”.

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