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Rada dismisses Lyudmila Denisova from post of Commissioner for Human Rights

Lyudmila Denisova. Photo: Facebook

Lyudmila Denisova. Photo: Facebook

The Verkhovna Rada dismissed Lyudmila Denisova from the post of Commissioner for Human Rights. 234 MPs voted "for".

"The Rada dismissed Lyudmila Denisova from the post of Commissioner for Human Rights. 234 deputies voted "for". There was no appointment today," Yaroslav Zhelezniak, a member of the Holos (Voice) faction, reported on his Telegram channel.

Shortly before voting, MP Pavlo Frolov said that one of the reasons for Denisova’s dismissal was that she "practically did not exercise her powers" in human rights activities.

"Unfortunately, since the beginning of the war and the great suffering of Ukrainians, Mrs. Denisova has hardly exercised her powers to organize humanitarian corridors, protect and swap prisoners, counteract the deportation of people and children from the occupied territories, and other human rights activities. Iryna Vereshchuk was actually forced to deal with all these issues," he wrote on Facebook.

He added that after February 24, Denisova spent a long time abroad, but not in Russia or Belarus, where her status and powers could help the prisoners, deportees and residents of Kherson suffering from the occupation.

On Monday, during a briefing, Denisova said that, on behalf of the President's Office, the collection of MPs’ signatures had begun on expressing no confidence in her and dismissing him from office at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada on May 31.

Earlier, Denisova said that the Office of the President was not satisfied with her activity as an ombudsperson.

"My active work is to collect and analyze information about human rights violations in the temporarily occupied territories. I consider such actions of the authorities illegal and interfering with the activities of the Office of the Ombudsman of Ukraine who is elected according to the law for five years," she said.

The Council appointed Denisova Commissioner for Human Rights on March 15, 2018.

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