May 16, 2012

Crimean Tatars: Report Presented to European Commission

A new report has been presented to the European Commission in Brussels, which criticises Ukraine for its lack in progress in creating a sustainable democracy and judicial system. The report also highlights instances of discrimination and injustice against minority groups including the Crimean Tatars in Ukraine. 

Below is an article published by the Kiev Post:

Ukraine has been sharply criticized by Brussels in the sphere of political dialogue and reform in the European Neighbourhood Policy Country Progress Report on Ukraine that was presented in Brussels on May 15 [2012].

"The area of deep and sustainable democracy experienced a further deterioration in 2011. Several leading opposition figures, including former Prime Minister [Yulia] Tymoshenko, were subjected to selective justice, characterised by un-transparent judicial processes. Successfully addressing the issue of selective justice would open the way to the signature and ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU," reads the report.

The document also reads that although "a new law on parliamentary elections was approved with an overwhelming cross party majority, but it failed to take fully into account all of the recommendations from the Venice Commission."

"The authorities are increasingly hostile to public displays of discontent and on occasions have tried to limit freedom of assembly. Concerns are also expressed regarding the future of media freedom," reads the report.

In addition, according to Brussels, "despite the adoption of a National Anti-Corruption Strategy in October, corruption perception remains high. Conditions for business and investment have further deteriorated."

The EU also expressed concern over reports on "cases of discrimination on the basis of nationality or ethnic origin continue."

"Roma, Crimean Tatars, as well as other minority groups are affected," reads the document.

At the same time, Ukraine continued to participate very constructively in the work of the EU Border Assistance Mission to the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM). In December, the Ukrainian government approved of the long-awaited decision to authorise joint patrolling of the border between Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova.