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Derogating from the European Convention on Human Rights during an emergency: rapporteur to visit Ukraine

Strasbourg, 06.04.2017 - Raphaël Comte (Switzerland, ALDE), who is preparing a report for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on “State of emergency: proportionality issues concerning derogations under Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights”, is to make a fact-finding visit to Ukraine on 12-14 April 2017.

Ukraine has derogated from certain articles of the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of its “anti-terrorist operations” in specified parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

In Kyiv, Mr Comte is due to meet officials from the Presidential Administration, the Justice Ministry, the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories, and the Security Service. Meetings are also foreseen with members of the parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee and the Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as NGO groups and diplomats based in Kyiv.