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12.10.2007

Legal assistance for NGOs

   

A project has been launched to provide legal advice on State registration and relations between civic organizations, religious organizations, trade unions, charities and regulatory bodies. It is being run by the Association for Ukrainian-Polish Cooperation on Legal Education, in partnership with the “Our Law” Centre and the Internet publication “Jurisprudence online”. The project is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation.

As we have reported here, the process of registration is by no means simple, and this legal assistance will doubtless be much appreciated.  Lawyers will give consultations on the procedure for registration, on the legal regulations for the activities of such organizations. They will also provide assistance in situations of conflict, and represent people whose rights have been infringed in the courts.

The legal aid will be provided either on a telephone help line (032) 297-54-27, by email  lawyer.ngo@gmail.com, or online at: www.lawyer.org.ua

Those who prefer can visit the consultation centre in Lviv (Snizhka St, 6, office 5.2

Various other activities are also planned, including monitoring of the procedure for registration of the above-mentioned organizations, carrying out journalist investigations into issues around registration.  An electronic legal digest is planned for organizations, as well as a publication on State registration.

Other highly useful activities for ensuring shortcomings in Ukrainian legislation on civic organizations are ironed out involve carrying out a survey of civic organizations, making an analysis of Polish and Ukrainian legislation on the right of association and translating judgments from the European Court of Human Rights on Article 11.

A much abridged account of material posted on www.civicua.org

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