KIEV, July 11 (RAPSI) - Ukrainian ombudsman Valeriya Lutkovskaya and Russian human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin are going to sign a new collaboration agreement, the Ukrainian party’s press service reported Thursday.
The human rights protectors intend to sign the document during the Ukrainian parliament’s human rights envoy’s current visit to Moscow. Among other conditions, the parties will agree on informing each other of any reported cases of human rights violations against Ukrainian and nationals in Russia and Russian nationals in Ukraine. They will also assist in restoring their rights within the scope of their authority.
“The agreement will help strengthen cooperation in protecting human rights through exchange of information, analysis and reference data on protection of human rights and freedom. The countries also plan to work together on improving mechanisms for human rights protection at regional, national and international levels,” the statement says.
A similar agreement was signed in 1999. The powers granted to ombudsmen have been expanded in the Ukrainian constitution since then, which is why a new agreement is required, Lutkovskaya’s press service told RIA Novosti.