Liability for collaboration: human rights defenders send authorities analysis of amendments to relevant legislation

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Several human rights organizations elaborated and sent an analysis of proposals for amendments to the legislation on liability for collaboration to the relevant Committees of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, namely the Committee on Law Enforcement and the Committee on Human Rights, De-occupation and Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, National Minorities and International Relations, as well as the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.

Human rights defenders analyzed draft laws No. 7570, No. 7646, and No. 7647.

In the opinion of human rights defenders, draft law No. 7570 “On Amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine on Improving Liability for Collaboration and Related Criminal Offenses” should be adopted as a basis, while some provisions of the proposed version require additional refinement.

Despite draft law No. 7570 being registered in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on August 9, the Government of Ukraine initiated the registration of two draft laws:

  • “On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine ‘On Ensuring Rights and Freedoms of Citizens and Legal Regime in Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine” Regarding Peculiarities of Activities in Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine” (No. 7646)
  • “On Amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine Regarding Improvement of Liability for Collaboration” (No. 7647)

However, according to human rights defenders, these draft laws will not solve problematic issues, so the authorities should focus on finalizing draft law No.7570.

The full text of the analysis is available here (in Ukrainian).