On human rights issues and dilemmas
In an interview given to UNIAN the Head of the Board of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union Yevhen Zakharov speaks of the dividing line between politicians and human rights defenders, the work of the Ombudsperson and the relation between material wellbeing and freedom of speech.
Lviv residents trust civic organizations more than political parties
According to the research centre “Socioinform”*, one in five Lviv residents would have voted at the local council elections for a civic organization.
UNIAN Human Rights initiative
The UNIAN press agencys new project should provide exciting possibilities for broadening awareness of the work of human rights organizations and generally of human rights issues
On civic society, the political crisis, freedom of speech and more
Yevhen Zakharov sees one of the main achievements of the Civic Assembly in its having drawn civic organizations together and enabled them to feel part of an ever more potent civic community
Civic organizations propose amendments to the Constitution
At the All-Ukrainian Civic Assembly over 350 civic organizations are planning to call for changes to the Constitution which would prevent politicians misusing the Main Law of the country. Other resolutions will reflect the urgent need for those in power to understand that laws are to be observed, not manipulated or ignored
A year after the elections: the challenges to civic society. Can democracy survive?
“Dialogue between civic organizations and state executive authorities has been virtually stifled, and the media do not devote attention to this issue. We need on principle to ask sternly: “You promised, so what has been done?” Im afraid that many leaders of the elected authorities would have no answer. However the question must be put”.
Support for civic initiatives in Ukraine – a new project from the East European Democratic Centre launched
The projects aim in the coming year is to help youth organizations develop networking capacity and cooperation with other sectors in society, including the local authorities
Rivne self-help campaign to improve language skills
With lack of knowledge of even one foreign language often hindering fruitful cooperation with other organizations, the organizers hope that through this project, local civic organizations which are the main contributors to the development of civic society in Ukraine will find new prospects and horizons opening before them.
Ukrainian civic society is increasingly understanding that the initiative for change must come from them, this time in combating corruption and bribe-taking
Public City Council created in Kherson
The Mayor hopes that the Council, which has been formed at the initiative of different civic organizations, can focus deputies attention on burning issues rather than on political battles
Address to the Ukraine – 2007 Conference in the European Parliament
There is no more immediate task in Ukraine than that on which we are working – the creation of a powerful machine for independent civic assessment of the work of the authorities, for appealing against decisions which run counter to the law, human rights and public interest, for the lobbying of these interests.
5 thousand people boycott films in Russian
“With this whole initiative we are only standing up for the chance to choose to watch films in good quality Ukrainian translation”.
Are the authorities trying to “tame” the public?
While the Lviv authorities have begun organizing public hearings themselves (joining them seen as being less dangerous than figting them!), they seem less interested in taking heed of what the public is telling them
Press Release: CINEMA – TRANSLATION “I promise not to go to showings of foreign films with Russian translation”
This excellent initiative has already raised its original target and looks set to prove not only that Ukrainians want the choice to watch films in Ukrainian, but also (and not for the first time!) that they know better than politicians how to join forces and affirm their rights
Civic action in defence of the right to watch films in Ukrainian
More than 600 people have already supported the initiative which was launched the day before yesterday in response to the effective refusal by film distributors to translate films being shown in Ukrainian cinemas
Increasing the influence of ordinary people on state policy
A project has been launched aimed at increasing the influence of local territorial communities in Ukraine on decision making by state authorities and local administrations focusing particularly on public hearings
Public Contract signed between nongovernmental organizations and the authorities in Drohobych
The first, but seemingly not last, such agreement aimed at improving the level of openness and accountability of the local authorities and public participation in decision making
Lviv Civic Society has its own voice on the Internet
A new Internet resource - the Lviv Civic Portal -will promote public participation in decision making and in monitoring the activities of the local authorities
Strengthening control over the authorities through a network of civic representation
Promising initiatives for consolidating public participation and control in the Chernihiv region