Appeal of Vice Speaker Oksana Syroid about the proposed amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine. The Constitution is not the property of the state, it is the property of the people, it is a contract that we, Ukrainians, signed in order to create this state, to protect our freedom, our dignity and our rights.
Politicians who, on behalf of the Ukrainian people who elected them, adopt or change the Constitution, can do so only in two cases: if they want to make the state stronger, or if they want to improve protection of freedom, dignity and rights of people.
Politicians have no right to amend the Constitution if people don’t understand and don’t trust these proposed changes. You cannot amend the Constitution in the time of war, as the aggressor can use the process of changes and conquer Ukraine legally.
Russia started a war against Ukraine precisely to force us change our Constitution. Russia strives for a special regime of local self-government in the occupied territories to grant amnesty to insurgents and thus to conquer us from inside.
If we adopt these changes, we’ll admit that there is no Russian occupation in Ukraine – just the civil war. Russia has forced our international partners to agree with changes are beneficial for all parties except Ukrainians.
Unfortunately, the President used international pressure on us to strengthen his powers via amendments to the Constitution. In the text of the proposed changes on decentralization, unfortunately, no additional powers for the communities are provided. On the contrary – these proposed changes will make communities’ authorities more vulnerable and dependent on the President and on the perfect, not on people who elected them.
That’s too bad also that the amendments to the Constitution do not include the key point – dismissal of corrupt judges. This means that Ukrainians will continue to be judged by those who lost the trust of people and are not able to protect the human rights.
With all this in mind, we insist once again that these changes to the Constitution cannot be adopted because we are at war, because Ukrainians are not aware of these changes and do not trust them, because these changes will not stop the war in Ukraine, instead will make it internal, civil, because these changes will lead to authoritarianism, because these changes threaten our independence, our rights and our dignity, because such changes benefit everyone except Ukrainians.
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Sergei Guriev: Decentralisation will Not Work As Long As Large Companies Remain in Government Ownership (Sergei Guriev, Professor of Economics, Sciences Po, Paris)
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