The owner of the firm ProstoPrint which came to fame recently over its production of t-shirts with the words “Thank You, Residents of Donbas”, is convinced that the law enforcement agencies have persecuted him because of ProstoPrint’s production of the t-shirts
The proposed changes, and mainly the powers the bill would give the Cabinet of Ministers to determine the size and scope of benefits at their own discretion, remain as unconstitutional and therefore unacceptable now as back in January
On 15 September 2011 a protest on Independence Square in Kyiv ended in a scuffle with police. Mykhailo Kamenyev, a member of the Public Committee under the MIA, and specifically its Commission on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly was present at the event and considers that there needs to be a proper legal assessment given to what took place
There has been outrage over the proposal by the Kyiv City State Administration to seriously restrict peaceful assembly near State institutions. Nor have the reassuring noises from public officials regarding the official scope of the proposed changes allayed fears
There is no place for selective justice in a democracy. Selective indignation when the violations of democratic freedoms, including freedom of speech, are coming thick and fast, will also create the wrong impression
In recent days, the firm producing T-shirts sarcastically thanking residents of Donbas has been subjected to searches by law enforcement officials, some of its property has been confiscated, and its employees have been called in for questioning.
A survey carried out by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation has found that over half the population (52%) know nothing about the Law on Access to Information voting for the Party of the Regions feel little need to make formal information requests, unlike supporters of Tymoshenko;s BYUT or VO Svoboda;
This year the number of people held in SIZO [ore-trial detention centres] and penal institutions rose by around 8,500 inmates. Over the year there was also a 45 percent increase in the number of deaths.
On 8 September civic activists throughout the country will take part in measures aimed at ensuring that young people know their rights when in contact with the police and drawing the attention of both the public and MIA management to the issue of human rights observance by police officers
04.09.11 | Public Committee against Political Persecution
The Committee warns that failure to provide medical care for the former Minister of Internal Affairs held in custody since December 2010 is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. It demands that Lutsenko be immediately provided with proper specialized hospital care