The Verkhovna Rada has rejected a resolution regarding the violation of the constitutional rights of citizens arrested or detained after the protest on Maidan Nezalezhnosti [Independence Square] over the Tax Code [the Tax Code Maidan]
Last week the European People’s Party and former US presidential candidate and Senator, John McCain issued a joint statement calling for the ban on Tymoshenko’s travel to be lifted.
The entire country heard Yanukovych’s promise that there would be no persecution of the Tax Code Maidan (the mass protest on Maidan Nezalezhnosti or Independence Square. His word was not kept long: three weeks after the Tax Code Maidan the authorities began real political repression
The vote of no confidence against Head of Ukraine’s Supreme Court, Vasyl Onopenko, on Friday failed to gain endorsement from a simple majority with only 17 of the 46 judges voting for it
On 9 March the Holosiyvsky District Court in Kyiv remanded O. Zaplatkin, a Tax Code protester, for a further month in custody. Another hearing, regarding Serhiy Kostakov who has been in custody since 1 December 2010, accused of damaging a car during the protest, has been postponed
US Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain and leader of the European People’s Party, Wilfried Martens have issued a joint statement calling for a lifting of the travel ban on Leader of the Batkivshchyna Party and former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko.
9 members of “Tryzub” and VO Svoboda are accused of “deliberately causing damage to property of the Zaporizhya obkom [regional committee] of the Ukrainian Communist Party”.
Ihor had declared a hunger strike on 1 March in protest at his remand and at what many view as worryingly selective prosecutions
He is accused of creating a criminal group which during the protests by small business owners at the end of last year allegedly caused damage to the state of more than 200 thousand UAH
US Vice President emphasized the importance of avoiding any selective prosecutions of opposition officials and the need for an electoral law reform process that is fully inclusive to further Ukraine’s European integration and best help it attract foreign direct investment
Legitimate concern over the political activities of the Head of the High Court on Civil and Criminal Proceedings, L. Fesenko has been ignored by the President and fobbed off by the High Council of Justice
The Ministry of Education headed by Dmytro Tabachnyk has in a year undertaken an assault on the autonomy of universities and stopped movement towards the Bologna system. This is the view expressed in an interview given to Radio Svoboda by Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Father Boris Gudziak
Weak institutions mean government actions carry more weight than laws. The reforms have yet to appear but the thuggery and cronyism are in place. The first local elections fought under Mr Yanukovich were dirty. The air of intimidation has thickened
25.02.11 | US Information Service, Kyiv
An address given by Orest Deychakiwsky, Policy Advisor, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) to the Washington Group Annual Leadership Conference 2011
On Friday the Kyiv Court of Appeal upheld the 16 February ruling handed down by the Pechersky District Court extending the remand in custody until 26 April of former Minister of the Interior, Yury Lutsenko
The Kyiv Court of Appeal on Friday morning began its examination of the appeal brought by former Minister of the Interior, Yury Lutsenko against the extension of his remand in custody until 26 April without him being present in the courtroom.
According to a survey of media and other specialists carried out by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, on a scale of 1 to 10, the President’s first year in office got a score of 2.9
The opposition and civic organizations have criticized this week’s Presidential Decree on creating a Constitutional Assembly for preparing amendments to the Constitution. Instead a draft law is proposed on a referendum for affirming the Constitution
NOTE TO EGYPT et al: Democratic revolutions, even when successful, must be defended for years after the euphoric crowds leave the streets
Images of the violence in Ukraine’s parliament on 16 December and injuries sustained by opposition deputies received coverage throughout the world. Not that you would know it from the parliamentary investigation commission’s report.