For the first time the community prepared a systematic complex report consisting of 21 chapters concerning the violations of human rights in Ukraine in 2004. The report is not just a statement of facts; there are recommendations to the government at the end of every chapter on improvement of the situation with human rights and freedoms.
10.06.05 | Yuri Chumak, Kharkiv
On 7 April a press conference of Volodymir Butenko, the head of the Kharkiv regional branch of the State department of penitentiaries, was held in the press-center of the informational agency “Status Quo”. The topic of the conference was “New priorities of penitentiary system”.
Open letter to Volodymir Moysik, the Head of the Committee of the Supreme Council of Ukraine in charge of legislative provision of law-enforcing activities, from Oleksandr BUKALOV, the Head of the association of penitentiaries of Ukraine.
Letter of the participants of the action “For printing” organized by “Maydan” and “PORA!”
On 26 April, about 4 p.m., the action “For printing” was held near the residence of the President of Ukraine at Bankova Street. Participants of the action protested against the practice of illegal classification of normative-legal acts, in particular, the use of classification “not for publishing”, not envisaged by any Ukrainian law, regarding Presidents edicts and the documents of other organs of state power. The organizers of the action carried to the State Secretariat a letter, which explained the essence of their demands and insincerity of the deeds of new power.
10.06.05 | Yuri Chumak, Kharkiv
On 19-22 April the seminar-training “Freedom of information” for state officials was held in Kyiv. The seminar was organized by the Kharkiv group for human rights protection, British NGO “Article 19” and the Institute of mass information.
10.06.05 | Respected President Yushchenko!
The second open appeal of Evhen Zakharov to the President. The appeal is accompanied with the response of Oleksandr Zinchenko.
On 23 April the press conference of the Alliance of public activists “Maydan” was held in UNIAN. The press conference was devoted to termination of the practice of illegal classification of normative-legal documents.
On 31 March the Feodosia newspaper “Kafa” won the trial connected with the demand of a private person to refute the information published in the newspaper. The claim was not satisfied, since the information had been obtained from a state official at the time of fulfillment of his service duty.
10.06.05 | Svetlana Shekera, Kharkiv
The European Court obliged Ukraine to pay compensation to a Ukrainian citizen beaten by militia officers five years ago.
“Taking into consideration everything above-said, we are turning to you with the plea to take all needed juridical and political measures for the protection of the operating Constitution and, at the same time, for initiation of the process of really democratic constitutional reform”, – appeals the Alliance “Maydan”.
As a result of checks numerous facts of falsification of the election were disclosed. According to the information communicated by the PR-department of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine, the majority of falsifications were connected with the voting with false off-list tickets and on behalf of dead, non-existent or temporarily absent citizens.
Militia looks for two suspects of organization of violations at the election of the mayor of Mukachevo (the Zakarpatska region) on 18 April 2004, as well as violations in the course of the first and second tours of presidential election in October and November 2004. This information was communicated by “Ukrainski novyny” with reference to the press-service of the Ministry of Interior.
A 53-year-old woman, a member of a district election commission, was condemned to 5 years of incarceration with the probation term of two years for falsification of protocols.