NGOs call on the Office of the President and the Servant of the People political party to stop putting pressure on the Constitutional Court, demanding illegal actions, and wait for vacancies in the Constitutional Court, where newly appointed judges Hryshchuk and Petryshyn can be sworn in legally.
On December 16, the official website of the Servant of the People political party published a statement by Olena Moshenets, Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Anti-Corruption Policy and a member of the party, commenting on information that the Venice Commission supported the Constitutional Court’s decision not to swear in the judges, appointed by the President of Ukraine for non-existent vacancies.
The ruling party MP actually accused the Constitutional Court of refusing to swear in the newly appointed judges of the Constitutional Court, Oksana Hryshchuk and Oleksandr Petryshyn. She presented this as the opposition of the Constitutional Court to overcome the constitutional crisis. As an argument, the politician used the thesis about the sanctions imposed on Tupitsky by the United States as “a clear signal that any attempt to break the reforms in Ukraine will receive a tough response.” Simultaneously with Moshenets’ statement, blogs with similar, identical messages were published by bloggers, who are included in the pool of cooperation with the President’s Office, according to the Ukrainian media. Earlier, the head of the President’s Office, Andriy Yermak, spoke with the same theses on one of the broadcasts.
No matter how we treat Tupitsky and Kasminin, their term will expire only in May and September 2022, respectively. Bringing judges to the oath of office means deepening the already massive crisis around the Constitutional Court.
The way out of the crisis will be the adoption of a draft law with a new competition procedure and the appointment of all new judges of the Constitutional Court only in accordance with it.
As we see an information campaign aimed at illegally forcing the newly appointed Constitutional Court judges to swear in the newly appointed Constitutional Court judges Hryshchuk and Petryshyn, we call on the Office of the President, the ruling party, and the government’s social media repeaters to end pressure on Constitutional Court judges.
The actions of the judges of the Constitutional Court are absolutely lawful, as:
That is why we call on the President and the Servant of the People political party:
Center for Policy and Legal Reforms
Reanimation Package of Reforms Coalition
All-Ukrainian Association “Avtomaidan”
The Centre of United Actions
Centre for Economic Strategy
Anti-corruption Research and Education Center (ACREC)
Center for Public Monitoring and Research