On 23 February the Poltava Regional Prosecutors Office acknowledged that the conditions in the Komsomolsk temporary holding unit where 13 people tried to cut their wrists two days ago are unsatisfactory.
The Commission of Journalist Ethics deems the actions of the Kharkiv City Council press service in revoking a journalists accreditation to be an act of persecution for criticism and obstruction of journalists professional activities, and believes that the officials involved have exceeded the powers vested in them
Well-known human rights defender Semyon Gluzman, is seeking to ensure that at legislative level “voluntary confessions” are removed from police practice.
22.02.07 | Oleksandr Stepanenko
Ternopil cooperation in the detective inquiry process: the police and criminal thugs work hand in hand, and the prosecutors office doesnt interfere
At a City Council meeting today, 21 February, Kharkivs Mayor Mykailo Dobkin expressed his views about the work of journalists and those publications in the media which, in his opinion, are not objective in the way they cover his activities
15.02.07 | Hryhory Prykhodko
Since the immanent function of the State in human rights defence is politicized by the Nomenklatura, this noble cause has again, as under the Soviet regime, fallen on the shoulders of civic human rights defenders. Now we are not only without the support of the State, but in overcoming the incredible resistance of the Nomenklatura, we are forced to undertake the work for which taxpayers pay you enormous amounts of money.
There is no more immediate task in Ukraine than that on which we are working – the creation of a powerful machine for independent civic assessment of the work of the authorities, for appealing against decisions which run counter to the law, human rights and public interest, for the lobbying of these interests.
KHPG, in monitoring healthcare services, plans in the next months to establish how transparent in fact the expenditure on central district hospitals is, what modern equipment they have, whether they have ambulance teams and cars and how able they are to send doctors to each populated area, as well as whether they have sufficient supplies of blood.
In 10 Ukrainian cities on 5 February, civic organizations will be discussing a plan for future practical actions aimed at improving the work of the office of the Human Rights Ombudsperson and bringing this into line with Ukraines Constitution, laws and international commitments. The campaign “Zakharov as Human Rights Ombudsperson” has shown the ability of civic and human rights organizations to join efforts in ensuring the full development of civic society in Ukraine.
03.02.07 | Yevhen Sverstyuk
Those who saw fit to respond with cries of “interference” to the PACE co-rapporteurs reminder that a Human Rights Ombudsperson must be politically impartial show that they have learned nothing. The author asks the co-rapporteurs to accept his as ever penetrating explanation as an apology for such tactlessness
Once, forty, thirty or twenty years ago, and not only in the political labour camps, acting “in a Ukrainian way” meant something quite different. At that time also the imperial regime constantly stirred up xenophobia reactions. However at that time, being consciously Ukrainian and acting in a Ukrainian way meant showing solidarity and all-sided support for others, feeling responsible for all those next to you.