Bill on Donbass reintegration goes against Ukraine's constitution, politician says

Provisions of the bill on the reintegration of Donbass that is being given a second reading on Tuesday, January 16, run counter to the Ukrainian constitution and violate the rights of its citizens, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights told at a news conference on Monday, reports TASS.

"Passing the bill the way it has been drafted for a second reading will have considerable risks for the rights and freedoms of the people," said Mikhail Chaplyga. Besides, some provisions, in particular on martial law, run counter to the country’s constitution, the spokesman added.

Chaplyga said that under the bill on the reintegration of Donbass, the Ukrainian armed forces can be engaged in the time of peace without martial law imposed.

"Practically, this bill introduces martial law without the necessary procedure envisaged by the Constitution in relevant laws," he said. That is why, the property of companies, entrepreneurs and individuals can be used for the protection of state interests, besides through the means not envisaged by the constitution," the spokesman said.

He said the bill on the reintegration of Donbass introduces the notion "implementing measures to ensure national security and defence, to repel an armed aggression by the Russian Federation in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions".

"Practically this is the replacement for the phrase ‘martial law,’ and it is not clear what this definition means, the powers and actions by the bodies of state power on the basis of this new definition are equally unclear, which may carry major threats as to the observance of human rights," Chaplyga said.

According to TASS

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