A group of 20 members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has challenged the credentials of the Ukrainian delegation to the Assembly on the substantial grounds of “a serious violation of the basic principles of the Council of Europe”, according to a PACE press release, forwarded to UNIAN.

In a motion submitted yesterday, the signatories said the Ukrainian government persistently refuses to replace a missing third candidate on the list of candidates for election of a judge to the European Court of Human Rights, which “undermines the credibility of the Court”.

Under the Assembly’s rules, a report is automatically prepared on any challenge of credentials, which is likely to be debated by the Assembly during its forthcoming session (22-26 June 2009).