At a recent press conference the Odessa Regional Branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine reported on the conclusions from a busy six months in which they monitored the human rights situation and provided free consultations to members of the public
30.01.07 | Oleksiy Svyetikov
"According to Article 55 of the Ukrainian Constitution, citizens of Ukraine are entitled to turn to the Human Rights Ombudsperson for protection of their rights. Due to the unlawful actions of the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, it is impossible to exercise this right."
The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Moroz believes that Ukraine lacks balanced information state policy aimed at ensuring that the media presents the real state of affairs in the country. He cites Russia as an example to be emulated ....
The author demonstrates that the appointment of a politically neutral human rights activist with high moral standards will lead to the de-politicization of the institute of the Verkhovna Rada Authorized Human Rights Representative increasing the level of trust in the government as a whole
"The main thing is that in the school there is a memorial to Tykhy, a memory to the truth, memory to Ukraine, and that children see it every day. Those children are our future. Maybe their lives at least will be easier.”
It is cheering that the Judges of the Appeal Court treated the case in a principled manner and reminded the prosecutors office of their duty to observe all Ukrainian legislation and launch criminal investigations over cases of police abuse of their power
Yevhen Sverstyuk, President of the Ukrainian PEN club and laureate of the Taras Shevchenko State Prize, shares his thoughts about lessons of the past and the prospects for Ukraines development in 2007
We are able these days to quite legally defend our freedom from the encroachments of the State. We can even take a state authority to court and win. Yet the State to a large degree remains just as anti-people and indifferent as before
There is neither opposition nor coalition in Ukraine. All is illusion. We were all grossly conned. In Ukraine there is conflict awaiting resolution
The Supreme Court of Ukraine is overloaded with appeals against the rulings of local courts and cannot review them in the legally established time periods
A press conference was held on 10 January to mark the 35th anniversary on 12 January of the wave pf arrests and the day which came to be commemorated as the Day of the Ukrainian Political Prisoner. It was held early because of the imminent election of a new Human Rights Ombudsperson – scheduled for 11 January but cancelled virtually at the last moment
On 9 January press conferences and roundtables were held throughout Ukraine as part of the civic campaign to ensure that the next Human Rights Ombudsperson is honest, independent and totally committed to defending human rights and civil liberties in Ukraine
More than 100 people have received free legal defence from KHPG in courts, and several thousand have received free consultations