A successful conference “Lustration: solutions for Ukraine”
On April 1, the Kozatskiy Hotel in Kiev hosted an international conference entitled “Lustration: solutions for Ukraine”. The event was organised by the Open Dialog Fondation, whose observation mission in Ukraine began as early as January 19, 2014.
Ukrainian experts presented three drafts of lustration legislation. Mr Jehor Sobolew, a coordinator of the Lustration Committee, a civil organ aiming at finding the right lustration path for Ukraine, presented his stand. Łeonid Kozaczenko, head of the Council of Entrepreneurs under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine,represented the circles of power.
The conference was also attended by experts from East-Central Europe, who have already gone through some form of lustration and could share their experiences. Poland was represented by a lawyer - Paweł Osik, a member of the Human Rights Commission of the Supreme Bar Council in the Republic of Poland, the director of the Biełsat TV – Agnieszka Romaszewska and the vice director of the Lustration Office of the Institute of National Remembrance – Radosław Peterman.
Foreign speakers included: Adam Hradilek from the Institute for theStudy of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague, professor Petras Ragauskas from the Institute of International Relations and Political Sciences at the University of Vilnius and member of the Lustration Committee in Lithuania in the years 2005-2010, Boštjan Kolarič, a lawyer from the Study Centre for National Reconciliation in Slovenia, Jewgienij Krishtafowicz, director of the Centre for European Initiatives in Estonia, as well as a lawyer Giorgi Gotsiridze from the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association.
Lustration constitutes one of the social demands of Euromaidan. As a political term and a media phenomenon it did not previously exist in Ukraine. The successful attendance rate at the conference shows that the subject is very popular and there is a growing need on the part of the authorities and civic activists to obtain a greater know-how regarding lustration solutions from the countries of the East-Central Europe and to familiarise themselves with their good and bad points.
Organisers of the conference and the invited experts were asked a number of questions by the Ukrainian media present in the room. The discussions for which there was no time on the podium continued in the corridors. One could sense among the Ukrainian society a hunger for knowledge related to the issue of lustration. The event was broadcast live by Spilno Baczenie (Spilno TV). Numerous radio and TV stations reported from the conference all day long, too.