A number of civic organizations are concerned that having passed a new law, the authorities will impose additional restrictions which will obstruct people from exercising their right to peaceful gatherings
Since 2009 (the last year before the judicial reforms introduced by President Yanukovych) the number of applications to the courts for bans on peaceful assembly has tripled, with the number of bans in 2012 four and a half times higher.
The Chernivtsi Regional Court of Appeal has issued a ban on any peaceful assembly on 13 January duriing a Ukrainian – Russian Interstate Commission meeting chaired by the Ukrainian and Russian Foreign Ministers
The new law which has just come into force considerably simplifies registration procedure, removes a number of artificial restrictions on NGOs and means that the organizations will no longer be subject to checks at any time
Allegations of police brutality against people protesting against the controversial conviction of the Pavlichenko father and son for murder not investigated, the police department CCTV footage “automatically deleted” …
On 27 December peaceful protesters in Kyiv were prevented from holding a demonstration outside the Prosecutor General’s Office in support of Olaola Femi, the Nigerian student in custody for over a year following a racist attack in which he tried to defend himself.
A number of prominent human rights organizations, concerned by increasing encroachments on freedom of peaceful assembly have formed a partnership and call on others to join efforts in upholding this fundamental right
MP Iryna Herashchenko has reported that she received a visit on Thursday morning from a local police inspector. She says that he tried to draw up a protocol against her for participating in a rally outside the Central Election Commission on 5 November
The High Administrative Court has finally stated clearly that the notorious Soviet Decree which is regularly used to restrict peaceful assembly breaches Ukraine’s Constitution by using a permission-based procedure and demanding 10 days warning
If the information from the Coalition of Participants in the Orange Revolution reported by Ukrainska Pravda is true, then he District Administrative Court in Kyiv has banned protests in the centre of Kyiv up till 12 November inclusive.
The Kharkiv District Administrative Court has allowed an application from the Kharkiv City Council and prohibited one of the leaders of the United Opposition from meeting with voters on Freedom Square on 15 October.
Following all kinds of rumours and inaccuracies regarding the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union’s position, the Head of the Board and Executive Director have issued a statement outlining reasons for believing the draft laws on peaceful assembly are of vital importance
The Verkhovna Rada has yet again deferred consideration of Draft Law No. 2450 on Peaceful Assembly while the draft Law on Amendments to Some Legislative Acts on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly failed to gain enough votes
In 2011 administrative courts issued over 200 decisions regarding applications to ban peaceful gatherings, with the gatherings being prohibited in 90% of these cases. The tendency this year has been towards an increase in the number of such cases and in the percentage of bans
During the early hours of Wednesday morning an attack took place on the tent camp of activists protesting against the language law increasing the role of Russian which President Yanukovych signed a week ago.