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Ukraine/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.8 Other areas of culture specific legislation

On 18 February 2015, the Parliamentary Committee on Culture and Spirituality, jointly with the Centre for Researching the Liberation Movement, carried out the round table "Open archives: legislative regulation of access to documents from archives of communist special services". Participants discussed the problem of human rights observance in providing access to special services' documents containing data about political repressions. The Committee presented the Concept Framework for Providing Open Access to Documents from Archives of Communist Special Services. Besides other necessary measures, the Concept stresses urgent need to approve a special law determining the status of such documents and a regime of access to them. Similar laws were adopted in all post-communist countries of Eastern Europe. In Ukraine, the access to documents of former special services is regulated today by two laws – the Law on the National Archive Fund and Archive Establishments and the Law on Information. However, as authors of the Concept consider, the special nature of documents from special services demands a special law protecting the rights of citizens of the new, democratic Ukraine.

Chapter published: 05-06-2015

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