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Feb 26, 2013, 03:03 pm

U.S. reiterates concern over problem of political persecution in Ukraine

pink-wh-hero.jpgThe U.S. has expressed concern over politically motivated prosecutions and detention of former government officials, electoral fairness and the shortcomings identified by international observers in the October 2012 parliamentary elections, resolution of disputed results in five single-member districts, and the extra-legal decision by the High Administrative Court of Ukraine to strip the mandates of two members of parliament.

"The United States congratulated Ukraine on adoption of a new Criminal Procedure Code (CPC), and noted the importance of effective implementation and the need for comprehensive prosecutorial reform to strengthen the CPC by eliminating the general supervision powers of the Prosecutor General’s Office," reads the media note released by the U.S. State Department following the meeting of the Political Dialogue / Rule of Law Working Group on February 22 in Washington under the auspices of the bilateral Strategic Partnership Commission.

The U.S. also expressed concern over the continuing problems of freedom of assembly, pressure on the media, and respect for rights of LGBT individuals and other vulnerable minorities in Ukraine.

The Working Group was co-chaired by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Thomas O. Melia.

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