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Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights
International accreditation status and SCA recommendations
The Ukrainian NHRI was reaccredited with A status in October 2019. While acknowledging the proposed amendments to the establishing law, the SCA encouraged the NHRI to continue to advocate for a broader and more transparent selection and appointment process, as well as clearer limits to the terms of office of the decision-making body of the NHRI. Similarly, the SCA welcome the increase in funding to the NHRI but encourages the NHRI to keep advocating for the provision of adequate resources. Finally, the SCA encouraged the NHRI to strengthen its cooperation with civil society organizations.
Impact of 2020 rule of law reporting
Follow-up by State authorities
The ENNHRI Rule of Law Report 2020 helped to raise awareness of rule of law issues among public authorities, and to strengthen the interaction of the Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights with public authorities and local bodies. Updates on identified rule of law issues are now provided by the National Strategy for Human Rights, approved by the Decree of the President of Ukraine of 25 August 2015 № 501/2015 (amended and approved again by the President in 2021), the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one hand, and the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community and their states -members, on the other hand, ratified by Law № 1678-VII of 16.09.2014 and the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine for 2018-2022.
With a view to implementing the provisions of the Association Agreement, special attention was paid to the rule of law in the Resolution of the European Parliament of 11 February 2021 on the implementation of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine (2019/2202 (INI)). The Resolution emphasizes that respect for the rule of law is fundamental on the path to Ukraine’s European integration.
Impact on the Institution’s work
As mentioned above, the ENNHRI Rule of Law Report 2020 helped strengthen the interaction of the Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights with public authorities and local bodies.