They demand an investigation into the tampering with the case as well as the withdrawal of the honour to Mr Potebenko since “such an award given the sham investigation into the Gongadze murder is an insult to those people who really are attempting to build democracy and a law-based state in Ukraine and inflicts pain on Georgys family and relatives
The Dzherzhynsky Court in Kharkiv is scheduled to begin a preliminary hearing into the case over the events on 197 Klockivska St. on 16 December last year which resulted in a number of people being beaten up. The charges are under "hooliganism", not "mass riots", as the SBU launched a criminal investigation into.
27.03.07 | Yevhen Zakharov
The first years work of the Council highlighted a large number of problems in the work of MIA bodies which have direct impact on human rights. The main achievement can be considered the fact that the Public Council has come into being and proved its beneficial value for the MIA.
“Dialogue between civic organizations and state executive authorities has been virtually stifled, and the media do not devote attention to this issue. We need on principle to ask sternly: “You promised, so what has been done?” Im afraid that many leaders of the elected authorities would have no answer. However the question must be put”.
It has taken a over a year for the trial to begin of three former police officers who are accused of causing the death of Oleh Dunich. An appeal court yesterday upheld the decision to remand the accused in custody pending the trial
The International Federation of Journalists calls Potebenko one of those responsible for the shoddy investigation into the death of the journalist Georgy Gongadze
Its Head, Mr Avakov, explained that these measures were aimed at safeguarding the legitimate rights of journalists and the public to free, unimpeded and timely information about the activities of the state authorities and ensuring their transparency
A third torch procession trying to stir up resentment against foreign students (and beat up any they find) is part of a worrying development over the last 6 months which human rights defenders believe is being deliberately encouraged in Kharkiv and needs firm measures now
17.03.07 | Anna Pravdina
“The case was closed due to the non-appearance of the respondent” is just one of the stages in this surreal, although unfortunately true, tale of a journalists efforts to stand up for his rights and those of the public to receive objective information
The initiative to build a memorial complex in memory f the Victims of Holodomor has run up against the city authorities. The chief city architect has decided that a park is a park, and (disputably) that Holodomor affected the region more than the city
Yury Shukhevych spent 35 years in Soviet labour camps. With first group disability as a result, he is now regrettably forced to use the courts to receive the compensation to which he is entitled
All modern history demonstrates that a political regime which violates human rights and the rule of law ever more overtly is sooner or later doomed.
With lack of knowledge of even one foreign language often hindering fruitful cooperation with other organizations, the organizers hope that through this project, local civic organizations which are the main contributors to the development of civic society in Ukraine will find new prospects and horizons opening before them.
A recent study showed that while most journalists consider reform of the judiciary to be one of the highest priorities for society, their assessment of actual progress and of relations between the press and courts in Ukraine is worryingly low
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