UEL Chairman, Mr. Kox shows deep concern about the freedom of assembly in Ukraine

The Chairman of the Unified European Left Group at the Parliamentary Assembly, Mr. Kox, reiterated today that the prohibition of the Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU) is not in line with the international rule of law, according to the judgment and report of the Venice Commission, European Commission for Democracy through Law.

The European practice shows that the communist and left parties act free in the European countries and are represented in the National Parliaments, PACE and the European Parliament.

In this regard, the Unified European Left Group asked in a written letter sent to the President of Ukraine, Mr. Poroshenko, to support the Communist Party of Ukraine.

The UEL Group has repeated that the political parties must be able to do their work, “because political parties should not be banned, but should be enabled to participate in the political debate which should take place in a healthy democracy. The final judgment about political parties is to be taken by the voters and not by other politicians”, said Mr. Kox.

On 28 January the Administrative Court of Appeal in Kiev had started hearings on the appeal of the Communist Party of Ukraine on the decision of the District Administrative Court of Kiev of December 16, 2015 to ban the activities of the CPU.

Given the role and significance of the Communist and left-wing forces in Europe, we hope that our appeal to the president of Ukraine, Mr. Poroshenko, to follow his commitments to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms would help to prevent the ban of the Communist Party of Ukraine and will serve for the democracy and justice.

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