For over a year, news about the judiciary in Ukraine has been alarming. Last year, a new law on the judiciary substantially reduced the powers of the Supreme Court, and high-profile prosecutions of opposition leaders have raised the specter of political persecution
Dmytro Karpenko whose case has led to an Amnesty International Urgent Action was detained on Thursday just before the court hearing due to consider his appeal against a criminal investigation over allegedly “resisting police officers” in August
The disturbing saga around efforts to ensure either the early removal or the non-re-lection of former Head of the Supreme Court is almost over with a new and of necessaity temporary judge , Petro Pylypchuk to head the Court for the next year.
Oleh Yeltso examines the new State anti-corruption programme which allocates less than 100 million EUR for all effots against corruption over 4 years, and allocates almost all the money to one ministry for an at very least non-transparent purpose
Stop Censorship and a number of Ukrainian media associations have issued a joint statement regarding freedom of speech in 2011. They report an increase in censorship and the number of cases where journalists have been obstructed in their work
"One has the impression that after the termination of mass-scale and long-lasting protests, the regime has decided to crush those disgruntled, show their sphere of influence and “put them in their place”. So that others don’t think to follow their example, and come out onto the streets to uphold their rights"
The recent efforts by the government to win over some members of the former Chernobyl clean-up workers’ movement and to marginalize others have coincided with worrying use of the police in Kharkiv against certain “dissident voices” within the movement
The leader of the Kharkiv former Chornobyl clean-up workers, Vladimir Proskurin believes the police actions were aimed at stopping him attending the Chornobyl Union of Ukraine conference and opposing the leadership of a person seen by many as selling out the protest movement
A group of prominent Russian human rights activists, writers, politicians and others are seeking dialogue on ways for a peaceful change of regime. They demand immediate release of all political prisoners and that the parliamentary elections be declared void
Russian blogger and anti-corruption campaigner, Alexei Navalny, imprisoned for 15 days after the elections on 4 December made the following address from his blog to the tens of thousands of demonstrators defending their right to fair elections throughout Russia