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Council of Europe Expresses Concern About Human Rights in Ukraine - 2003-09-29

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [PACE] says it is concerned by Ukraine's slow rate of progress on human rights and press freedom.

During its session in Strasbourg Monday the Assembly voted to continue monitoring Ukraine, saying the country has not yet honored all its obligations and commitments as a member of the Council of Europe.

The Assembly says it is particularly concerned that those responsible for the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze in 2000 have not yet been brought to court, and by attempts to control the media by Ukrainian authorities.

The delegates also heard in a report from its monitoring committee for Ukraine that some people who participated in political demonstrations in March 2001 are still in prison and can therefore be considered political prisoners.