NGOs told to “explain themselves” – harassment or idiocy?
Four major NGOs have received an extraordinary letter from the State Registration Service demanding their “explanation” after individuals complained that they were propagandizing “anti-Ukrainian anti-moral and anti-constitutional ideas”
EU raises the pressure
The EU is continuing to seek levers of influence on Ukraine’s leaders, while in Brussels support is being increased for NGOs in the EU’s East European neighbours who can put pressure on the authorities, demanding democratic reforms
Wall of Officialdom’s Lies
A “Wall of Lies” has been erected in the centre of Kyiv in the place of a scandal-filled construction site. It will now sport the portraits of officials who are believed to be responsible for unlawful construction work in the city and/or who have not kept their word
Civic activists demand real liability for Deputy’s son Landik
Cases where the sons of deputies, prosecutor’s and others in high places escape criminal liability in Ukraine are legion. The video footage showing Roman Landik, son of a Party of the Regions National Deputy trying to chat up a girl and then beating her badly when rebuffed did however elicit outrage
SBU puts pressure on activists speaking out against controversial higher education law
In the case of activist Vitaly Kichkiruk from the Foundation for Regional Initiatives, the Security Service was reminded of the law. Whether all activists exercising their constitutional rights withstand insistent requests for “conversations” is not clear
Civil society gets a C grade for impact
A study carried out by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation suggests that the public are being given less and less opportunity to have impact on decision-making by the authorities
Committee in Defence of Modern Political Prisoners formed in Lviv
The decision to create the committee was taken on Monday 30 May at a public rally “Stop political repression in Ukraine!” by former political prisoners, human rights activists, academics and others
Ukrainian politicians put the squeeze on civil society
The Soviet Union used to propagate the notion that dissidents were funded by Western intelligence agencies. Today, those same (now, post-Soviet) elites, push an updated version of this notion, by arguing that their opponents work with Western foundations and NGOs to foment democratic “revolutions.”
Verkhovna Rada takes first step with draft bill on civic organizations
The draft law is aimed at simplifying registration and the activities of civic organizations which form the basis of civic society. The law now in place “On citizens’ associations” provides obstacles to civic activity
Why is the government afraid of Ukraine’s civic organizations?
This was the key question at a press conference called in connection with recent proposals from the Party of the Regions to ban financing of NGOs from abroad, as well as with the possible consideration by parliament on 12 May of the draft Law on Civic Organizations (No. 7262-1).
IRF Director: Soviet atmosphere returns to Ukraine
While convinced that the Party of the Regions initiative to restrict the rights of civic organizations will not succeed, the Executive Director of the International Renaissance Foundation is concerned that the public could actually believe that it might
Party of the Regions plans afoot to ban foreign sponsorship of NGOs
The Party of the Regions wants to draw up a draft bill aimed at imposing control over the funding of civic organizations in Ukraine. Analysts warn that such a law would put an end to any chance of Ukraine joining the EU
International Renaissance Foundation refutes “irresponsible” remarks about non-existent threat
Statement in response to the extraordinary suggestion made by the Head of the Party of the Regions faction in parliament, O. Yefremov that a scenario similar to that in Northern Africa is being set in motion in Ukraine on money from IRF’s founder, George Soros
Boris Gudziak: University Rectors should stop being afraid
The Ministry of Education headed by Dmytro Tabachnyk has in a year undertaken an assault on the autonomy of universities and stopped movement towards the Bologna system. This is the view expressed in an interview given to Radio Svoboda by Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Father Boris Gudziak
SBU once again sniffing around a civic organization
Ukraine’s Security Service would now seem to be interested in finding out about the civic organization “Democratic Alliance” , specifically it’s work supported by international grants.
The Mistake of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) must draw the Ministrys attention to the fact that IRF activities are not coordinated (and cannot possibly be coordinated) by any of the above-listed diplomatic missions
Mr President Elect – Hear each of us! Nationwide flash-mob
Participants called on newly elected President Yanukovych to come to the Civic Forum on 5 March and to tell Ukrainians WHAT he will do, WHEN and HOW on combating corruption; human rights; reforming the health service and lots more judicial reform;
Ukraines authorities ignore civic organizations proposals on improving legislation
Shortcomings in legislation, as well as the lack of political will. are a barrier to the development of civic society in Ukraine.
Course in civic education to be taught in schools
"The main method is not to provide information from the traditional standpoint “You have to and thats it”. We focus on the need for students to make their own choice"