Ukraine disrespects principle of non-refoulement – statement by Ashton, Fule

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Aug. 18, 2012, 12:36 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Stefan Ful and Catherine Ashton.

The European Union is deeply concerned about Ukraine's extradition of a refugee to Russia, which is a breach of the country's commitments to the principle of non-refoulement.

The spokespersons of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, and Stefan Fule, the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, said this in a joint statement issued on August 17.

"High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Stefan Fule are deeply concerned at news that an individual from the Russian Federation (Republic of Ingushetia) recognized as a refugee under international law was extradited from Ukraine on August15," the statement reads.

According to the EU officials, they fully support the conclusion of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that this case demonstrates a breach in the obligation to respect the principle of non-refoulement.

The high representative and the commissioner also noted that the action plan on visa liberalization under the EU-Ukraine visa dialogue includes a number of commitments by Ukraine relating to adoption of asylum legislation in line with international and EU standards, including protecting the rights of asylum seekers and refugees.

"It is regrettable that in this case Ukraine appears not to have respected these commitments, despite repeated and explicit requests in the last weeks from both UNHCR and the EU," reads the statement.


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Harry Yellando Aug. 18, 2012, 1:35 p.m.    

Shout all you like you EU can not hurt Yanko,, he do not care
so SHUT UP woman..

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from eu Aug. 18, 2012, 2:48 p.m.    

dear harry yellando,yes if you like to live like a slave,like an animal without democracy,human right,freedom of speech,freedom,civilazation,modernity,in a open world,keep your yanko and prepare yourself for another 75 years oppressions and frustrations like ussr time....good luck and prepare your vodka bottles to fight your future depression

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Саша Левко Aug. 19, 2012, 4:50 p.m.    

From EU. Sir/Madam. I suspect from your comment that you have no personal knowledge of life in our beautiful country. To rely only on the media, as you surly must, to make such a comment, is foolish to the extreme and indicates that perhaps you are easily lead by propaganda. Take a step back for a moment and review the situation within the EU, by comparison we live very well and have much more freedom, in all aspects, than you may ever hope for. We see how happy member countries are with their membership and rejoice every time your masters in Washington and Brussels tell us we are not “good enough” to join.

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from eu Aug. 19, 2012, 7:42 p.m.    

dear CAMA ,sorry i cannot write your name with west pc,if you live so well we are very glad for you,in eu we love ukraine and ukrainian people but you don't know real democracy (in eu nobody put opposition in jail,because all politics are dirty) in eu police don't ask you black money every 10 kms,i come by car because to travel with your trains is terrible,for example from odesa to mykolayv are only 130 kms and by train you need 5 hours,here in eu with an intercity you need only 1 hour and 15 minutes and every hour there is an intercity,from kyiv to mykolayv 478 kms with ua trains you need 11 hours in eu for the same distance with an intercity yoi need 4 hours and still 1 train every hour and not only 1 train per day,so at the end is fster coming from eu by car and paying black money to your dai every 10-20 kms,than is terrible when you have to make documents in ua,with my ukrainian wife we lose days for a new passport,documents for eu visa,instead when i prepared all the documents for to have the residence in ukraine,in eu we made all in 3 hours and paying nothing,so i tell you before how we live and benefits we have in eu you cannot imaging,i love ukraine and ukrainian people and you don't know that close to your border we live thosand time better than you also with eu crise,this is not propaganda is enough to look at poland,at ussr time they were very poor and now look poland and compare with ukraine and you shall be sure to see the big difference of to be an eu country (also with the crise) or to be a csi country like belaruss etc. etc. so remember eu want you and also eu people,but your governor has to show democracy,human rights,right justice and freedom of the end is your governor that don't won't to be an eu country,but prefere the ex ussr and putin and lukashenko policy that is who is against me go in jail,only politics and oligarcs full of money and for the people .......nothing,please speack with hundred thousands ukrainians working in eu so they can easily explain how we live and how you live.......

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