Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Council of Europe sets precedence - effectively endorsing a lawless state

Democracies are based on the rule of law and in the absence of a definitive determination by Ukraine's Constitutional Court, the actions of Ukraine's president will continue to divide Ukraine.

Whilst the Council or Europe understandably has called on Ukraine to resolve the current crisis internally it has seriously erred by not insisting that the Constitutional Court rule on the legality of the president's decrees. It set a dangerous precedence which implies that any government or head of state can ignore the necessity or compliance with international and constitutional law - effectively endorsing a lawless state.