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13.12.2001

Starting the network of VCU public reception offices in the Kharkov oblast.

   

The Kharkov oblast branch of the Voter’s Committee of Ukraine (VCU) continues to create the network of its public reception offices. Now there exists two VCU public reception offices: in Kharkov and in Izium. AS the work of these offices shows, citizens do need legal consultations. They are especially needed in small towns. So, the need is great to create the network of the reception offices and to cover with it district centers of the oblast.

The general problem is the absence of the principles of the civil society. The general goal is the construction of such principles. To this end, it is necessary to activate the participation of the population in social, public, economic and cultural life of their regions.

The current problem is the absence of permanently operating public consulting centers working gratis. The current goal is the creation of the network of the permanently operating public consulting centers working gratis.

The current tasks: -- to determine the districts, where the legal aid is needed most of all; -- to find active individuals and make them interested in the idea of creating the public reception offices; -- to find consultants for the reception offices to be created; -- to spread the information on the consulting centers among the population through the local mass media, public organizations, state officials, etc.; -- to organize permanent work of the public reception offices.

The consulting centers to be created are expected to: -- render free legal consultations to citizens, help to compile claims to the organs of state power and local self-rule; -- render free legal consultations to citizens by telephone (in general questions); -- activate the desire and ability of citizens to protect their rights; -- collect the information about abuses of citizens by authorities, and to work out propositions of fighting with such violations; -- organize holding public reports by the elected officials; -- increase the public influence on official decisions; -- distribute enlightenment printed matter on legal and other related topics among the population; -- create reference database of the organs of state power and local self-rule, social services, public and human rights protection organizations, etc. (names, addresses, phone numbers); -- to carry out enlightenment programs to encourage the creation of territorial communities and to familiarize citizens with the Ukrainian laws; -- cooperate with local public organizations for solving concrete local problems.

Partners are all interested sides: common citizens, public organizations, trade unions, social services, local authorities and organs of local self-rule.

Expected result: the creation of the network of public reception offices of the VCU will promote the development of the civil society in the region.

The results will also encourage: -- legal enlightenment of the population of the region; -- forming active civil position of common citizens; -- activation of the institutes of local self-rule; -- strengthening the ties between the population and the elected authorities; -- activation of the work of the organs of state power and local self-rule; -- activation of participation of population in public life.

The results will useful for: -- population, especially the poorer layers of it; -- organs of state power and local self-rule; -- public and human rights protection organizations, in particular, the VCU.

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