Head of Transparency International in Ukraine fined for peaceful protest
Administrative charges have been brought against Oleksiy Khmara, Executive Director of Transparency International in Ukraine in connection with a protest on 24 July outside the President’s Administration in Kyiv
Vradiyska Peaceful Protest Coordinator jailed for 10 days
Judge Andzor Saadulaev from the Shevchenkivsk District Court in Kyiv has jailed the initiator of the Vradiyvska protests against police violence and lawlessness, Vasyl Lyubarets. He is supposed to have infringed the rules for holding peaceful gatherings.
Outrage and police excuses over Berkut violence against journalist
There have been protests over the quite disproportionate actions of the Berkut officers against peaceful demonstrators including a Channel 5 film crew protesting against police lawlessness and violence
Berkut riot police disperse peaceful protest on Independence Square
4 busloads of Berkut special unit officers arrived at 23.30 and immediately surrounded the protesters. Around 200 people had come out to express their anger at the actions of the police
Conviction for anti-Yanukovych banner overturned
On 16 July the Kyiv Court of Appeal revoked the quashed the conviction of four activists from the Democratic Alliance Party over a protest along the route taken by Yanukovych’s cortege involving a banner reading “Yanukovych, get out of Kyiv”.
More Clashes with police and protesters’ versions differing radically
Throughout the weekend the police denied widely circulated accounts of police violence against a woman activist on Friday and threatened prosecution against those who stormed the Svyatoshyno Police Station on Friday evening
Abuse of National Security
A law on peaceful assembly is undoubtedly needed, but can only provide deceptive gloss where the courts restrict the fundamental right to peaceful protest claiming that this is in defence of people’s right to peace and quiet, or citing nebulous considerations of “national security”.
Blanket ban on protest outside President’s Administration
The District Administrative Court in Kyiv has decided that the mother of a disabled child poses a threat to national security and public order and has banned any peaceful protests at all outside the President’s Administration until the end of the year
Ban on any peaceful assembly upheld
The Kyiv Court of Appeal on 20 June 2013 upheld a court order banning any peaceful protest outside the Prosecutor General’s Office for two months
Human rights activists urge MPs to defend freedom of peaceful assembly
Despite the progressive nature of the provisions in Article 39 of Ukraine’s Constitution, implementation of freedom of peaceful assembly remains unsatisfactory in Ukraine
The Police want to rewrite human rights activists’ freedom of peaceful assembly bill
The Partnership “For Freedom of Peaceful Assembly” points out that information provided by the Deputy Interior Minister regarding a ban on wearing masks in the draft bill on freedom of peaceful assembly is not correct. It also rejects any such ban as being an infringement on people’s rights
Police push for dangerous additions to peaceful assembly law
They propose making it illegal not only to carry weapons during street protests, but to wear masks or hoods to hide ones face. Most ominously they want to make the organizers of a protest, as well those directly responsible for infringements of public order liable
Journalists met with riot police on Journalist Day
Once again journalists who gathered near the President’s residence at Mezhyhirya were obstructed first by traffic, then by Berkut riot police
Court bans Stop Censorship peaceful protest outside Mezhyhirya
For the third year in a row the court has restricted people’s right to peaceful assembly near the President’s controversial residence at Mezhyhirya.
Jail for Anti-Yanukovych banner?
Four members of the Democratic Alliance party holding a banner reading "Yanukovych get out of Kyiv" were detained on Monday for a peaceful protest on the route taken by President Yanukovych’s cortege.
Mysterious “men in black” guard Mezhyhirya from the public
OZON a civic peaceful assembly watchdog is demanding that the Interior Ministry explain who the identified men in black were who obstructed a peaceful gathering near the President’s controversial residence at Mezhyhirya on 15 May
A modest first for Ukraine
That Ukraine saw its first Gay Pride March on Saturday is an achievement, given obstruction from the authorities, homophobic threats from a number of organizations and VO Svoboda, and justifiably little confidence that the police would protect participants from attack
LGBT Equality March banned in Kyiv
The District Administrative Court in Kyiv banned the march on application from the Kyiv City State Administration. The ban officially covers all but official events on 25 May, though clearly the target was the March for Equality.
UHHRU On the events before and on 18 May
Throughout the country police and transport workers obstructed people trying to get to Kyiv for the Rise Ukraine opposition rally
Whose circus, Mr Prime Minister?
The government can’t get anything right. On Wednesday Prime Minister Azarov threw out women journalists trying through a totally peaceful protest to remind him that it could be his wife or daughter who gets attracked with the police watching on and doing nothing, as happened with their colleague Olha Snitsarchuk