The fortitude, courage and valiant deeds of people defending their country in the years of War have been and remain a spiritual legacy for the entire nation, and nobody has the right to make use of this legacy at their will. Any attempt to rewrite this legacy in Stalin’s name is nothing more than pillage and blasphemy
While the law is an attempt to readdress injustice with regard to children of victims of repression, KHPG stresses that it is unfair to not acknowledge the spouses of victims to have been victims themselves
In an interview, Yury Chumak, Human Rights Aide to the Minister of Internal Affairs, speaks of certain improvements in the Kharkiv region and ongoing issues which still need to be resolved
The Moscow authorities are planning from April to place as social advertisements, i.e. using public funding, numerous images of Joseph Stalin, linking this with the 65th anniversary of Victory. We consider this to be not only an affront to the memory of the millions of victims of Stalin’s tyranny, but also an act aimed at creating a schism in society
According to Yury Belousov, Aide to the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Ministry has drawn up a draft normative act aimed at combating a selective ethnic approach in the work of the MIA
While the media remained freer and more pluralistic than in most post-Soviet countries, journalists struggled to report on widespread government corruption and other abuses. A chaotic and sometimes dangerous environment for journalists increased the prevalence of self-censorship
18.02.10 | O. Yarmysh, A. Chervyatsova
The authors note dryly that experience shows that it is relatively easy to dismiss a government – much harder to do it constitutionally. They say that over the last five years there were three cases where the constitutionality of such dismissals can be questioned
While the information objected to was indeed false, a full retraction and apology had been issued, as well as an article explaining that Stepan Khmara spent 7 years in the camps as a political prisoner
The new volume contains over 230 previously unpublished archival documents: material from Polish Intelligence, the police and local administration in pre-War Poland. There are also letters from diplomats about Holodomor, directives and interrogation protocols.
In an article about the trials and tribulations of civic organizations in Ukraine, Tetyana Yatskiv, Head of “Community Centre”, notes that for all the apparent movement with legislative acts passed, revoked, lobbied for, there is a sense that nothing is moving forward.
In the Sumy region relatives of people serving sentences for murder have decided to join forces for united battle against law enforcement officers, the prosecutor and courts who they say are more interested in getting a conviction than finding the real perpetrator
These are just some of the issues the KHPG Advice Centre deals with in its work. Ludmila Klochko recently gave an interview in which she spoke of the work of the Public Advice Centre in 2009
The Vinnytsa Human Rights Group has reported a visit from an officer of the Department for Fighting Organized Crime apparently to check the lawfulness of the group’s activities, including their circulation of statements which could harm Ukraine’s international image
The Luhansk based East Ukrainian Centre for Civic Initiatives has reported on the results of their investigation into the accessibility (or lack of such) to the public of the general plans for 70 cities in Ukraine
They express concern over attempts by certain political structures and pseudo-civic organizations created by them to substitute efficient independent institutions of civic society with imitations and demand that recent Government Resolutions be revoked