In this regard, the U.S. Department of State calls on the Ukrainian leadership to abolish the asset declaration requirements for public activists, a Washington-based Ukrinform correspondent reports.
"The United States strongly encourages the government of Ukraine to repeal legislation that requires the asset declarations from civil society and international members of state-owned-enterprise supervisory boards," reads the statement of the U.S. Department of State.
Ukraine’s asset declaration system “should hold public officials accountable and not place unnecessary burdens or pressure on civil society," the U.S. Department of State stressed.
As emphasized in the document, this law targets those very individuals who seek to increase transparency and accountability in Ukraine, “fulfilling the promises of the Euromaidan and the Ukrainian people’s aspirations for a democratic country governed by the rule of law.”
"We urge the Ukrainian government to expeditiously cancel the asset declaration requirements, in line with recommendations by the Venice Commission, and, in the interim, provide a temporary amnesty for those individuals [activists] who do not file declarations by the upcoming deadline," the U.S. Department of State noted.
On March 27, 2017, President Petro Poroshenko signed the amendments to the law on the counteraction to corruption, obliging the members of the anti-corruption NGOs to file the electronic declarations.
The European Union criticized the amendments to the law, and Poroshenko subsequently asked the lawmakers to cancel the asset declaration requirements for public activists.
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