The statement by the International Young Democrat Union identifies a number of concerns that the UK shares.
The UK wants to see an effective Ukrainian chairmanship-in-office of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and has encouraged and supported Ukraine to use this opportunity to show that it respects OSCE values.
This includes respecting the rule of law and independence of the judiciary. We have repeatedly made clear representations to the Government of Ukraine about cases of selective justice. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right honourable friend
We have called on the Government of Ukraine to ensure that legislation is fully compliant with Ukraine's international commitments, including under the European Convention for Human Rights, and respects the protection afforded to human rights under Ukraine's constitution. We routinely express concern over the potential introduction of legislation or policies that run counter to principles of non-discrimination and freedom of expression.
We have raised with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister our concern at recent developments that appear aimed at circumventing parliament, such as last month's extramural session where the ruling party approved legislation which the President has now signed into law.