16.10.07 | Refat Chubarov
This world is held in place by people with conscience and a sense of justice, with gratitude and by those who remember. Today in the Crimea as well as beyond there are hundreds and hundreds of Petro Grigorenkos friends
A project has been launched to provide legal advice on State registration and relations between civic organizations, religious organizations, trade unions, charities and regulatory bodies
11.10.07 | Halya Coynash
The Constitution being one of those immortal documents Ukrainian politicians like to change, but are loath to adhere to (or read), the proposed constitutional council for drawing up a new version has aroused strong interest but understandable concerns among civic society
The words nineteen thirty seven for many, especially older people, are indelibly linked with the Terror. In the following interview Yevhen Zakharov speaks of its legacy, as well as some problems in Ukraine at the present time
Although the level of trust has risen by three percent since 2003, the fact that only 16 % of those surveyed said that they trusted the police, while almost 50% didnt is disturbing
For the third year in a row, a memorial action was held in Kyiv on 16 September, marking the day of Georgy Gongadzes disappearance in 2000. It was once again an event organized not by political parties or civic organizations, but by ordinary individuals
Valery Marchenko “loved life and very much wanted to live. However allowing the KGB to destroy his body, he was not going to let them destroy the HUMAN BEING in him. Citizens of many countries have the privilege of being a human being from birth. Valery, together with other dissidents, had to fight for this “privilege”.
Yelena Bonner, widow of Andrei Sakharov and prominent human rights defender has stated that the Russian authorities are attempting to destroy the Andrei Sakharov Prize “For Journalism as an Act of Conscience”
12.09.07 | Yevhen Zakharov
The author mentions the analogy between human rights and an immune system which a healthy organism may be blithely unaware of , but which is desperately relevant to those in ill-health, He wishes that the European Commission were more aware of this need.
Public statement from civic organizations, public figures, and members of the media on the inadmissibility of constitutional changes being used or made for political gain and affirming that it is civic society which must be the key player in any changes to what is a public contract, not a political tool
KHPG legal expert Arkady Bushchenko calls the new legislative initiative an attempt to transfer the problem from the patient to a healthy person. There are laws, they need to be made to work.
08.09.07 | Halya Coynash
Human rights organizations have long warned that the divide between different branches of power in the country is becoming increasingly blurred. The degree to which all aspects of Ukrainian life, and most worryingly, the judiciary, have become politicized is undermining Ukraines development as a law-based society.
Venal journalists making television stories to order sully us all no less than censorship three years ago. Like then, it is in our hands
The resolution passed on 5 September to “isolate class enemies in concentration camps” marked the beginning of what was to turn into the GULAG and claim the lives of millions
During the night between 3 and 4 September 1985, 22 years ago today, Vasyl Stus, Ukrainian poet, human rights activist and member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group, died in a punishment cell in one of the Perm Labour Camps
The aim of the Presidential Decree is to ensure that the Memorial be constructed in Kyiv by 1 October 2008, to mark the 75th anniversary of Holodomor 1932-1933
The Kyiv Independent Media Trade Union and the Institute of Mass Information are demanding an explanation over the forced resignation of a journalist from TV Channel 5 Ihor Slisarenko
30.08.07 | Halya Coynash
For those familiar with the darker pages of Soviet history, recent developments in Russia are especially disturbing. Two days before what should have been Anna Politkovskayas 49th birthday, the Russian Prosecutor General suggested, without providing any substantiation, a foreign link in the journalists murder.