Opposition activists carry the Ukrainian national flag during an action of protest against the current regime in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

1.12.2020

Dokumentation: Erklärung zivilgesellschaftlicher Organisationen zur Entscheidung des Verfassungsgerichts

Erklärung von 43 zivilgesellschaftlichen Organisationen, die nach der umstrittenen Entscheidung des Verfassungsgerichts der Ukraine, einen wichtigen Bestandteil der Antikorruptionsinfrastruktur für verfassungswidrig zu erklären, den freiwilligen Rücktritt der Richter fordern, um die Verfassungskrise zu beenden.

Richterinnen und Richter am Verfassungsgericht in Kiew 2007Richterinnen und Richter am Verfassungsgericht in Kiew 2007. 43 zivilgesellschaftlichen Organisationen verlangten nach der umstrittenen Entscheidung des Gerichts zur Antikorruptionsreform den Rücktritt der Richter. (© picture-alliance/dpa, epa Sergey Dolzhenko)

Constitutional Court Judges Must Resign

We call for the immediate voluntary resignation of all judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) who supported the dismantling of the anti-corruption reform in Ukraine.

They are: Oleksandr Mykolaiovych Tupytskyi, Viktor Valentynovych Horodovenko, Iryna Mykolaivna Zavhorodnia, Oleksandr Volodymyrovych Kasminin, Viktor Vasylovych Kryvenko, Oleksandr Mykolaiovych Lytvynov, Volodymyr Romanovych Moisyk, Serhii Volodymyrovych Sas, Ihor Dmytrovych Slidenko (filed a letter of resignation), Petro Todosiovych Filiuk, Halyna Valentynivna Yurovska.

Corruption is recognized as one of the threats to national security. Legislative norms which were declared unconstitutional by the decision of the CCU formed the basis of the anti-corruption system. We are outraged by this decision, as it significantly harms the country’s reputation and turns the vector of its development around. With their decision, the judges infringed on Ukraine’s strategic course towards the EU and NATO, which is set forth in the Constitution of Ukraine and which we achieved after the Revolution of Dignity.

Making this heinous decision, the CCU judges exceeded their powers and issued the decision in the situation of a conflict of interest. The consequences of this decision are irreversible, with over 100 cases considered by the High Anti-Corruption Court and investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau closed. The perpetrators will not be punished. By violating its international commitments under agreements with the IMF, the EU and other international partners, Ukraine risks losing the external financial support that it desperately needs during the ongoing crisis.

In addition to the damage already caused by the judges, now, laws on the language, on the land reform, on the High Anti-Corruption Court and on the Deposit Guarantee Fund are similarly under threat. Petitions about them are already on the CCU agenda, and decisions may be issued very soon.
We are tired of dishonest judges and illegal decisions that are not based on the rule of law and justice. That is why we call on the judges of the Constitutional Court to resign voluntarily.

Transparency International Ukraine
Automaidan
Anti-Corruption Headquarters
Center for Public Monitoring and Research
DEJURE Foundation
Anti-Corruption Research and Education Centre (ACREC)
CSO Public Television of Svitlovodsk
CSO Kremenchuk Anti-Corruption Center
CHESNO movement
CSO Kryvyi Rih Investigation Center
CSO Center for Economic Strategy
CSO Together Against Corruption
CSO Agency for Urban Initiatives
CSO Unity and Development
Agency for Legislative Initiatives
Ukrainian School of Political Studies
CSO Agency of Efficient Solutions
Independent Defense Anti-Corruption Committee (NAKO)
Institute of Analysis and Advocacy
CSO Association of Political Studies
Exampei Center for Ukrainian Politics
CSO Analytical Advocacy Center
Lviv Regulatory Hub
Institute of Legislative Ideas
100% Life Kyiv region
CSO Mykolaiv Center for Journalist Investigations
CSO Ninth Pole
CSO Women’s Anti-Corruption Movement
CSO Center for Political Studies
CSO Electronic Democracy
Ukrainian Arbitration Association
YouControl
CSO Zaporizhzhia Investigation Center
CSO Kharkiv Anti-Corruption Center
Anti-Corruption Action Center
100% Life Charity Fund
CSO Center for Media Research Prozoro
Public Control Platform
August Virlich Foundation
ZMINA Human Rights Center
Center for Public Monitoring and Analysis
Public Oversight Council under the National Anti-Corruption Bureau
Public Council at the National Agency on Corruption Prevention

Quelle: Transparency International Ukraine, 04.11.2020, https://ti-ukraine.org/en/news/constitutional-court-judges-must-resign/.

Gemeinsam herausgegeben werden die Ukraine-Analysen von der Forschungsstelle Osteuropa an der Universität Bremen, der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde e.V., dem Deutschen Polen-Institut, dem Leibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Transformationsökonomien, dem Leibniz- Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung und dem Zentrum für Osteuropa- und internationale Studien (ZOiS) gGmbH. Die bpb veröffentlicht sie als Lizenzausgabe.

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