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Estonia Condemns Adoption of Laws to Restrict Citizens’ Fundamental Rights and Freedoms in Ukraine

20.01.2014

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia condemns the rushed adoption of laws in Ukraine whose contents are aimed at restricting the fundamental rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens and which certainly won’t help to improve the current situation but are likely to cause an even larger conflict in Ukrainian society.

“We are following the events in Ukraine with increasing worry,” said Foreign Minister Paet. “The adoption of these changes into the law threatens efforts to solve the political crisis in Ukraine with democratic measures and is in opposition with the state’s international obligations,” he added.

According to Paet, the solution to the situation lie in dialogue, not ignoring the wishes of the other side and restricting the fundamental rights and freedoms of the citizens. The legal changes involve alterations to the criminal code and other laws that address the fundamental freedoms and rights of citizens.  

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