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Estonia condemns adoption of laws restricting fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens in Ukraine

18.01.2014

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia condemns the recent hastily adopted laws in Ukraine, which are directed to restricting citizens' fundamental rights and freedoms and certainly do not contribute to the improvement of the current situation in Ukraine but pose a greater risk of fueling conflict in the Ukraine society.

"We're following the situation in Ukraine with growing concern," said Foreign Minister Paet. "Approval of the amendments to the laws puts the option of resolving the political crisis in Ukraine through democratic means in a much greater risk, and is definitely not concert with the international obligations of the country," he added.

Paet stated that the solutions can only be found in dialogue, rather than in ignoring the fundamental rights and freedoms and aspirations of citizens.

Ukraine has adopted amendments to the Criminal Code and to some other laws that are largely considered to be restrictive to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the citizens by the international community.

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