Glimmers of hope: positive court rulings from 2012
An excellent initiative giving “positive feedback” and a good example to others by noting those courts and judges whose rulings have upheld freedom of peaceful assembly, of expression, the rights to wheelchair access and others
Another dangerous and baffling ruling from the High Administrative Court
With a decision to cancel two MPs’ mandates having already raised eyebrows, the Court has effectively handed city authorities carte blanche to demand unreasonably long advance notice of planned peaceful protests. The move seems likely to strengthen the worrying encroachments on freedom of peaceful assembly
Protesters outside President’s Administration could face 15 day sentences
Seven activists protesting sentences over anti-Yanukovych images are charged with petty hooliganism, and some with resisting police officers
20 years on, and still waiting for a decent peaceful asssembly bill
A number of civic organizations are concerned that having passed a new law, the authorities will impose additional restrictions which will obstruct people from exercising their right to peaceful gatherings
Sharp rise in number of bans on peaceful assembly in 2012
Since 2009 (the last year before the judicial reforms introduced by President Yanukovych) the number of applications to the courts for bans on peaceful assembly has tripled, with the number of bans in 2012 four and a half times higher.
Peaceful demonstrations banned during Kozhara – Lavrov meeting
The Chernivtsi Regional Court of Appeal has issued a ban on any peaceful assembly on 13 January duriing a Ukrainian – Russian Interstate Commission meeting chaired by the Ukrainian and Russian Foreign Ministers
Civic organization law and its critics
The new law which has just come into force considerably simplifies registration procedure, removes a number of artificial restrictions on NGOs and means that the organizations will no longer be subject to checks at any time
No victims, no video footage – or so the police claim
Allegations of police brutality against people protesting against the controversial conviction of the Pavlichenko father and son for murder not investigated, the police department CCTV footage “automatically deleted” …
Peaceful protest in support of imprisoned Nigerian student stopped
On 27 December peaceful protesters in Kyiv were prevented from holding a demonstration outside the Prosecutor General’s Office in support of Olaola Femi, the Nigerian student in custody for over a year following a racist attack in which he tried to defend himself.
HRW calls for investigation into attacks on LGBT protest
Human Rights Watch has called on Ukraine’s government to condemn attacks on a peaceful protest in Kyiv on 8 December and to condemn homophobic speech, including from members of the VO Svoboda Party.
NGOs call to unite in defence of freedom of assembly
A number of prominent human rights organizations, concerned by increasing encroachments on freedom of peaceful assembly have formed a partnership and call on others to join efforts in upholding this fundamental right
Maidan 2012: scuffles between riot police and demonstrators
During a mass rally on Independence Square to mark the eighth anniversary of the Orange Revolution at least 5 activists were arrested and the riot police out in force
Opposition MP gets police visitation
MP Iryna Herashchenko has reported that she received a visit on Thursday morning from a local police inspector. She says that he tried to draw up a protocol against her for participating in a rally outside the Central Election Commission on 5 November
Defending the right to peaceful assembly
The High Administrative Court has finally stated clearly that the notorious Soviet Decree which is regularly used to restrict peaceful assembly breaches Ukraine’s Constitution by using a permission-based procedure and demanding 10 days warning
Free and Fair Elections? Court bans meetings in Kyiv centre till 12 November
If the information from the Coalition of Participants in the Orange Revolution reported by Ukrainska Pravda is true, then he District Administrative Court in Kyiv has banned protests in the centre of Kyiv up till 12 November inclusive.
Kharkiv court bans opposition rally in city centre
The Kharkiv District Administrative Court has allowed an application from the Kharkiv City Council and prohibited one of the leaders of the United Opposition from meeting with voters on Freedom Square on 15 October.
Call on politicians to defend freedom of peaceful assembly in Ukraine
Members of NGOs and other concerned members of the public have endorsed an open appeal to Ukraine’s politicians regarding legislation in parliament on peaceful assembly
Cherkasy Court extends indefinite ban on protests
The ban on political protests on Soborna Square in the centre of Cherkasy, originally imposed from 16 July to 10 September has now been extended up till 7 October
UHHRU Position on the Peaceful Assembly Draft Law
Following all kinds of rumours and inaccuracies regarding the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union’s position, the Head of the Board and Executive Director have issued a statement outlining reasons for believing the draft laws on peaceful assembly are of vital importance