31 July 2015, 12:08

Preparation of draft laws on introduction of amendments into Constitution of Ukraine for consideration of Ukrainian Parliament will be of top-priority for Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy and Justice during 3rd session

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30 July 2015, 16:28

Verkhovna Rada hosts roundtable entitled "Modernization of transport infrastructure: new dialogue between business and Ukrzaliznytsia"

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30 July 2015, 16:02

Statement by Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Affairs as to intention of group of Italian deputies to visit temporarily occupied territory of Autonomous Republic of Crimea

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30 July 2015, 09:25

Members of deputy group on interparliamentary relations with Italian Republic hold number of meetings with Italian colleagues

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29 July 2015, 14:29

Head of Verkhovna Rada Committee on Social Policy, Employment and Pension Provision Liudmyla Denisova meets with representatives of World Bank mission

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29 July 2015, 12:09

Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legislative Support to Enforcement planning to elaborate and submit for consideration of Verkhovna Rada almost 140 draft laws and draft resolutions during 3rd session

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24 July 2015, 15:11

Representatives of Secretariat of Verkhovna Rada Committee on Social Policy, Employment and Pension Provision take part in trilateral seminar dedicated to approval of results of analyzing of correspondence of Ukrainian legislation on social protection to ILO Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention

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24 July 2015, 14:19

Verkhovna Rada hosts meetings of representatives of deputy factions and groups with delegation of European Parliament headed by Chairman of European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok

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18 June 2015

Verkhovna Rada adopts as a basis draft law "On introduction of amendments into some legislative acts of Ukraine" (as to improvement of individual deposit guarantee system and withdrawal of insolvent banks from market)

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23 February 2015

The Committee on European Integration considered the bill on amendments to the Law “On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2015”

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05 January 2014

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Rybak congratulated citizens of Berdychiv on the occasion of the 70th liberation anniversary from fascist invaders

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31 July 2015

Preparation of draft laws on introduction of amendments into Constitution of Ukraine for consideration of Ukrainian Parliament will be of top-priority for Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy and Justice during 3rd session

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30 July 2015

Verkhovna Rada hosts roundtable entitled "Modernization of transport infrastructure: new dialogue between business and Ukrzaliznytsia"

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30 July 2015

Statement by Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Affairs as to intention of group of Italian deputies to visit temporarily occupied territory of Autonomous Republic of Crimea

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30 July 2015

Members of deputy group on interparliamentary relations with Italian Republic hold number of meetings with Italian colleagues

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29 July 2015

Head of Verkhovna Rada Committee on Social Policy, Employment and Pension Provision Liudmyla Denisova meets with representatives of World Bank mission

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29 July 2015

Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legislative Support to Enforcement planning to elaborate and submit for consideration of Verkhovna Rada almost 140 draft laws and draft resolutions during 3rd session

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24 July 2015

Representatives of Secretariat of Verkhovna Rada Committee on Social Policy, Employment and Pension Provision take part in trilateral seminar dedicated to approval of results of analyzing of correspondence of Ukrainian legislation on social protection to ILO Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention

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24 July 2015

Verkhovna Rada hosts meetings of representatives of deputy factions and groups with delegation of European Parliament headed by Chairman of European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok

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25 February 2014, 13:35

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Statement to the International Criminal Court for recognizing by Ukraine the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court for committing crimes against humanity by high-ranking state officials that led to particularly serious consequences and mass killings of Ukrainian people during peaceful protests since November 21, 2013 until February 22, 2014

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

 

According to the draft document,

On behalf of Ukrainian people, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, as the only legislative body of Ukraine determining the jurisdiction, addresses the International Criminal Court in order to bring high-ranking state officials of Ukraine to criminal responsibility in the International Criminal Court regarding stipulated by article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court committing crimes against humanity during peaceful protests in Ukraine since November 30, 2013 until February 22, 2014, particularly, Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych – President of Ukraine – and other officials determined by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. 

By order of the high-ranking state officials for the last three month Ukrainian law-enforcement bodies have been improperly using physical force, special tools and weapons against protesters in Kyiv and other cities in Ukraine. Their officials have been consistently abusing their powers, committing other grave and especially grave crimes that led to deaths of over 100 citizens of Ukraine and other countries, injuries and mutilation of over 2000 persons, 500 of which are now in critical condition; they have been torturing peaceful civilians (unlawful detention and undressing at temperature less than 15oC, using water canons against protestors at temperature less than 10oC, inflicting bodily injury of varying severity, etc). A characteristic feature of that period was people’s kidnapping and disappearance, violent and unlawful imprisonment, forced transportation to desolated regions in order to torture and kill them, unjustified imprisonment of a great number of people in different Ukrainian cities, their brutal beating, illegal property destruction of participants of peaceful protest actions (houses, cars, etc).    

It is an unprecedented fact that the local government and militia used organized criminal groups in order to threaten and kidnap people, torture and kill them, destroy their property, etc. As a rule, people were prosecuted based on political motifs (activists of the opposition parties, of NGOs, of “Euromaidan,” of “Automaidan,” etc).     

The abovementioned usually led to great sufferings, as well as serious harm to mental and physical health of participants of peaceful protest actions.

Taking into account that unlawful actions of the abovementioned high-ranking officials contain sings of grave and especially grave crimes against humanity and that fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by this Statement:  

1. Acknowledges, according to clause 2 of article 11 and clauses 2, 3 of article 12 of the Rome Statute, the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court for committing crimes against humanity by high-ranking state officials that led to particularly serious consequences and mass killings of Ukrainian people during peaceful protests since November 21, 2013 until February 22, 2014.

2. Addresses the International Criminal Court in order to find those guilty in committing crimes against humanity stipulated by article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and bringing to criminal responsibility Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych – President of Ukraine – and other officials who gave and performed obviously criminal orders, and who may be determined by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. 

Respective draft statement, amended during the discussion, was registered under No. 4269.