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06.03.2013

Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group. ANNUAL REPORT 2012

   

Contents

1. Summary ......................................................................................................................................3

2. KHPG organisational development..............................................................................................4

3. Defence of victims of human rights violations in specific cases………………………………. 5

4. Strategic litigations. Development of the of the KHPG SLC……………………………………6                 

5. Activity against political persecutions…………………………………………………………….6

6. Activity against torture and ill-treatment………………………………………………………….7

7. Monitoring and defence of freedom of expression and of the right to privacy ………………...8      

8. Monitoring and Analysing Hate Crime in Ukraine……………………………………………..8

9. Security Services in a Constitutional Democracy ……………………………………………...9

10. Providing Information on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Ukraine ……………...9

11. Civic and human rights education ……………………………………………………………10

12. Financial information .............................................................................................................. 11

Appendix. List of the grants…........................................................................................................12

 

1. SUMMARY

In 2012 the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (hereinafter, the Kharkiv Group or KHPG) continued to work in three directions:

·legal enlightenment and popularisation of law-protecting ideas;

·analysis of the status of human rights in Ukraine;

·help to citizens whose rights were abused, public investigations of facts of violating human rights.

In 2012 one of the most important directions of KHPG activities was prevention of torture and ill-treatment. It includes analytical, law-making and lobbying activities, awareness-raising and educational activities, as well as development of a system of legal aid for victims of tortures and development and strengthening a network for preventing torture. So, KHPG experts conduct analysis of national legislation, drafts law and practice on regular basis. Our experts took part in preparing and discussing draft law of the Criminal Procedural Code, internal normative acts of the State Penitentiary Service, and draft law on National Preventing Mechanisms (NPM).  KHPG’s experts were preparing constantly updated review of the relevant ECtHR case-law. We created quite strong working connections between regional human rights NGOs and lawyers in order to investigate torture cases. Members of the partners and other human rights organisations have extended advisory aid to the citizens, conducted public investigations within their competence and extended aid by professional lawyers cooperating with their organisations. We have provided consultation and help to 92 victims of torture and ill-treatment and other violations. We have carried out legal assistance within the framework of the activity of the KHPG Strategic Litigations Centre (SLC) in 54 cases. In 2012, 11 judgments were passed by the European Court of Human Rights in cases supported by the SLC. We supported 22 cases on the stage of communication with the government and prepared 13 new applications to the ECtHR.

KHPG Public Reception Office (PRO) for people, whose rights were abused, worked actively. Along with 2012 KHPG received 2024 written complaints about the violation of human rights by state bodies. We have finished 1225 cases and received positive results in 542 cases. In addition, we gave 2954 oral consultations.

In 2012 KHPG continued to develop law and practice concerning access to information, in particular access to archives. KHPG also continued a campaign against xenophobia and discrimination in Ukraine. In addition, we continued research of the history of dissident movement in Ukraine, preparation and publication of the books on this theme. One of the most important directions of activities  was dissemination of information about human rights violations, activities of the Group and members of the network as well as  education of professional groups. It was run through KHPG portal «Human Rights in Ukraine»  www.khpg.org included Ukrainian, Russian and English versions and other KHPG WEB-resources. In 2012 we also conducted many educational events.

In 2012 KHPG pay a big attention to organisational development.

Since April 2012 KHPG had difficulties with connection of closing bank «Basis». As result, KHPG lost about 60,000 Euro.

Total expenditures of the Group were 2 897 340 UAH. Please, see list of donors in the Appendix.

 

2. KHPG organisational development

In 2011 a systemic audit of KHPG work was carried out by the Sweden Developments Agency (SDA). Its conclusions and recommendations were used to develop a plan of improvement of KHPG management system up to 2015. Please, find a list of 40 SDA recommendations for this plan in Attachment 1 to the enclosed KHPG Strategic Plan for 2012-2015. In 2012 first 32 recommendations have been fulfilled.

KHPG has created the Strategic Plan for 2012-2015 and the SMART-measured Results Assessment Framework (RAF). In accordance with the SDA recommendations KHPG has changed the composition of its governing bodies and management. A new KHPG Statute has been prepared. The main Statute's organ is the General Assembly, which meets at least once a year. The General Assembly elects the Board and Chair of the Board, approves the policies of the organization, its annual budget, the reports of the Board and Director, annual financial report and balance. Main governing body is KHPG Board which defines main directions of organization activity and makes key decisions on its development. KHPG Board meets at least once in three months. KHPG Board appoints a Director who is in charge of implementation of Board decisions and efficient day-to-day organization work and management. KHPG Director carefully maintains and stores its financial records and strictly follows all accounting norms and reporting procedures for each project and for the organization as a whole. It was confirmed by regular audits and checks which were undertaken by our donors or their designated representatives.

On 1 July, 2013 KHPG has re-built its internal system and implemented 35 recommendations from list of 40 SDA recommendations. KHPG has created a new Statute and the following management documents:

a) Rules & procedures, plans, meeting schedules and standard meeting agendas for all governing bodies;

b) Job description for the position of Director;

c) Delegation order from the Council to the Director;

d) Financial policy and procedures;

e) Procurement policy;

f) Fraud policy;

g) Attestation policy and procedures;

h) System for procuring, contracting, performing and responding to external audits;

 i) Regulation on internal audit;

 j) Communications and advocacy strategy;

k) Impact litigations strategy;

l) Fundraising strategy;

m) Staff manual;

n) Detailed job description for all staff;

o) Staffing plan and process for evaluating job performance and identifying capacity building needs;

p) Attesting rules;

q) Rules of processing and protection of personal data in the KHPG databases.

These documents are implemented into day-to-day KHPG activities.

In 2012 KHPG has implemented accounting software system «Terminal+» serving the information needs of both donors and the government. All accounting needs realizes through this system now.

In February 2013 KHPG successfully conducted an international audit for 2012 by the LLC «Audit and Consulting Group “Compass”». Please, find the enclosed audit report.

After approving the Strategic plan, RAF, and management documents by the SIDA KHPG sign a contract with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) on core support for 2013-2015.

 

3. Defence of victims of human rights violations in specific cases

Types of human rights violations fixed in the KHPG PRO in 2011 and 2012 are represented in the following table. We can explain of decreasing number of complaints in the field of criminal justice in 2012 in comparison with 2011 by more active role of the prosecutor offices in this area.

Type of human rights violation

     2012

      2011

Torture and/or ill-treatment

23 (1.1%)

92 (3.6%)

Arbitrary detention, arrest or violations during investigation

50 (2.5%)

91 (3.6%)

Right to a fair trial

66 (3.3%)

95 (3.7%)

Exorbitant lengths of proceedings before national courts

32 from 66

 (1.6%)

55 from 95

(2.2%)

Failure to enforce judgments at law

27 (1.3%)

49 (1.9%

Total ignorance of their complaints and/or applications to competent state bodies

54 (2.7%)

101 (4%)

Right to housing

760 (37.6%)

976 (38.4%)

Right to property

213 (10.5%)

208 (8.2%)

Right to labor

62 (3.1%)

86 (3.4%)

Right to health protection and medical care

82 (4.1%)

71 (2.8%)

Right to social protection

126 (6.2%)

120 (4.7%)

Other

561 (27.7%)

652 (25.7%)

Total

2024

2541

KHPG PRO has provided various views of legal aid that can be summarised as follows:

Provided legal assistance

     2012

      2011

Informing

158 (7.8%)

271 (10.7%)

Consulting

1316 (65%)

1793 (70.6%)

Repeated consultation

346 (17.1%)

223 (8.8%)

Mediation

1 (0%)

2 (0.1%)

Preparation of procedural documents

46 (2.3%)

93 (3.7%

Preparation of lawsuits

24 (1.2%)

 30 (1.2%)

Representation in court

16 (0.8%)

8 (0.3%)

Inquire on behalf of the applicant

51 (2.5%)

38 (1.5%)

Preparation of the appeals to ECtHR

26 (1.3%)

13 (0.5%)

Transference to another organization

8 (0.4%)

18 (0.7%)

Conduction of campaign

1 (0%)

1 (0%)

Rendering the literature

3 (0.1%)

14 (0.6%)

Denial

9 (0.4%)

27 (1.1%)

Remained without reply

 —

  —

Other

19 (0.9%)

10 (0.4%)

Total

2024

2541

 

4. Strategic litigations. Development of the of the KHPG SLC

In 2011-2013 KHPG has expanded twice mandate of the SLC in order to cover more issues related to the problem of torture and other brutal violations of human rights. Firstly, we have included to the SLC mandate assistance to applicants to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on the stage of communication with the government and legal defence of the victims criminal persecution with political overtones. Secondly, we have included to the SLC mandate legal defence to representatives of vulnerable group who are discriminated by the state, in particular, people who use drug and people who live with HIV/AIDS. SLC started to consider and support such cases as pilot cases.

Results of the SLC activities in 2011 – first half of 2013 are given in the following table.

Kind of the SLC activity

     2012

      2011

Preparing new application to the ECtHR

      13

16

Supporting ECtHR cases picked up on the stage of communication with the government

       8

  8

Supporting ECtHR cases on applications prepared by the SLC earlier

       14

 12

Representing interests of torture victims in national legal proceedings

       19

 14

﷐       Total number of cases

       54

 50

In 2011 ECtHR adopted 10 judgments in cases supported by the SLC, in 2012 – 11 cases.

Experts of KHPG periodically update overview of ECtHR case-law at the web-site «Strategic Litigations». We support overview of all judgments against Ukraine and all judgments of the Grand Chamber of the Court. The overview updated on two-week basis. It published at site with user-friendly interface, divided in appropriate rubrics, to enable users to easily find necessary information and then receive more detailed information about a case. The overview is quite popular among user as it indicated by traffic.

 

5. Activity against political persecutions

KHPG defended human rights and democratic values in concrete cases of political persecutions and to protest against the actions of the government, violating human rights and fundamental freedoms of expression, gatherings, assemblies, movement, and so on. KHPG experts analysed actions of the authorities, first of all, the Ministry of Interior and its regional departments, General Prosecutor Office and regional prosecutor offices, Security Service of Ukraine, State Penitentiary Service and its regional departments, and commented on them on its website and in other media. KHPG carried out permanent monitoring political persecutions and informed about its results. KHPG was also preparing statements, petitions and protest actions, distributing information about events and the actions of civil society through press conferences and other promotional campaigns.

The most laud political cases of former Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko and former Ministry of Interiors Yury Lutsenko are continued to be subject of struggle power and opposition. There were many brutal violations during these court trials. KHPG experts analysed court decisions on Tymoshenko’s and Lutsenko’s deprivation of liberty and convincingly proved that any legal reason for arrest was absent. They also commented actions of the power, the cases of Tymoshenko and Lutsenko in national courts and in the ECtHR as well as judgment of the ECtHR in the Yury Lutsenko case adopted on 3 July, 2012. Assessment of these cases by the U.S. and European institutions and politicians essentially based on KHPG experts’ comments, statements and conclusions.

In addition, the information on the activity of the KHPG experts concerning political persecutions was posted on the numerous media (Weekly Mirror, Radio «Liberty», BBC, «Voice of America», UNIAN, 5 Channel, «Ukrainskaia Pravda», «Correspondent», «Focus», Maidan, «Newspaper in Ukrainian» and many others).

 

6. Activity against torture and ill-treatment

Analytical, research, law-making and lobbying activities. Our experts conduct analysis of national legislation, drafts law and practice on regular basis. They took part in preparing and discussing of the draft of the Criminal Procedure Code. Due to our lengthy efforts the Code was considered in the profile Committee of the Verkhovna Rada and finally was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on 13 April, 2012. Our experts proposed a lot of new approaches in the text of the Code. Proposals of our experts as well as their remarks and comments to the draft have been taken into account. After the Government had failed to adopt the law on National Preventing Mechanisms (hereinafter – NPM), experts of KHPG concentrated their efforts on establishing of institutional provision of the matter of prevention of torture. After election of a new ombudsperson on 24 April, 2012 model NPM «Ombudsman+» has been provided. KHPG experts took part an organization of first NPM visits.

KHPG experts have also prepared analysis of the legislation on prevention of torture and ill-treatment of children in the context of juvenile justice system. They made an analysis existing laws and procedures for the prevention and detection of torture and ill-treatment, and for the protection, assistance and reparation of victims. They also collected the data on complaints of torture and ill-treatment, cases of alleged torture and ill-treatment investigated by the competent authorities and the results thereof as well as made an analysis of the effectiveness of existing laws and mechanisms, and the factors that limit their effectiveness. IN addition, KHPG experts conducted interviews with potential and real victims of ill-treatment and specialists who worked in this sphere.

KHPG experts have prepared sections of the commentary to Universal Periodic Review of the government of Ukraine and to 7-th periodic report on fulfilment of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, devoted to prevention of torture and ill-treatment as well as right to liberty and security. They have also prepared a shadow report to 6-th periodic report of the government on fulfilment of the Convention against torture and ill-treatment. This report will be considered in the session of the UN Committee against torture in autumn 2013.

KHPG experts made an analysis existing laws and procedures for the prevention and detection of torture and ill-treatment towards minors who have conflict with law, and for the protection, assistance and reparation of victims. They also collected the data on complaints of torture and ill-treatment, cases of alleged torture and ill-treatment investigated by the competent authorities, and the results thereof as well as made an analysis of the effectiveness of existing laws and mechanisms, and the factors that limit their effectiveness. Furthermore, KHPG experts continued research on torture and ill-treatment of minors who have conflict with law. They conducted interviews with potential and real victims of ill-treatment and specialists who worked in this sphere/in this sphere

Data in the form of audio recordings was received from semi-structured interviews with people serving sentences in corrective colonies for minors, with 20 people each time in Kuryazh, Melitopol and Pryluky. Semi-structured interviews were taken of 20 people released from places of confinement who had been under criminal investigation and served sentences before they reached the age of maturity. Since their release they have been living in Kyiv, the Kyiv, Zhytomyr and Chernihiv oblasts. Furthermore, four focus groups were run with secondary school students (2 in Kyiv and 2 in Kharkiv with 40 participants in all).

Development and strengthening a network for preventing torture. We developed quite strong working connections between regional human rights NGOs and lawyers in order to prevent torture and to investigate cases of torture. Our partners and other human rights organizations have extended advisory aid to the people, conducted public investigations within their competence and extended assistance by professional lawyers cooperating with their organizations. The reports sent by the KHPG partners were collected, generalized, and published in KHPG’s new specialized site ‘Proty Katuvan’ (Against Torture). Partners also held many awareness-raising and educational events in their regions.

Awareness-raising and educational activities.  In 2012 we conducted the following educational events: together with the Academy of Judges of Ukraine – two one-day and two two-days seminars for judges, four training session for lawyers, in cooperation with the National Prosecution Academy of Ukraine and the State Penitentiary Service – one two-days seminar for officials of penitentiary system and prosecutor’s offices. We held several press-conferences and other public actions devoted to prevention of torture and ill-treatment. Furthermore, we have printed and distributed about 10 books in question.

 

7. Monitoring and defence of freedom of expression and of the right to privacy

KHPG experts prepared analysis of new basic information laws separately and together: «On information» (http://khpg.org/index.php?id=1330004105), «On access to public information» (http://khpg.org/index.php?id=1330078677), and «On personal data protection» (http://khpg.org/index.php?id=1330343937). In addition, KHPG constitutional expert Vsevolod Rechitsky made analyses of the Constitutional Court judgment regarding collision between right of access of information to personal data of politicians and their right to privacy (“Political-Legal Commentary on the Constitutional Court Judgement in response to a constitutional submission from the Zhashkiv District Council (Cherkasy region) asking for an official interpretation of Article 32 § 1, Article 34 § 2 of the Constitution”, http://khpg.org/index.php?id=1328314943, in English). On 27 February KHPG conducted a round table in Kyiv devoted to new information laws. Participants discussed results of KHPG analysis and proposed approach for changing these laws. Than KHPG experts prepared a draft of law on amendments to eight information laws including three new basic laws. KHPG prepared, published and distributed a quarterly «Freedom of Expression and Privacy» (32 pages of A4 format).

KHPG experts also prepared expert conclusions on draft law on a Single State Demographic Register with request to reject this draft. Unfortunately, the Parliament adopted this law. Now we have a task to prepare amendments to this law in order to revise its incorrect probisions. Our analysis of this law was published in many electronic media.

KHPG organised and held on 3 October the expert seminar on «Data Protection Standards: a Tool Box for NGOs» together with the Office of the Council of Europe in Ukraine.

 

8. Monitoring and Analysing Hate Crime in Ukraine

KHPG experts carried out analysis of the administrative, criminal-procedural, criminal laws and practices in the spheres, where hate crime is possible. Furthermore, they analysed the MIA regulations that may to born and don’t combat hate crime. Based on results of the analysis experts prepared an analytical report with recommendations on changing the legislation, practice and MIA regulations (see analytical report:

http://www.stiftung-evz.de/w/files/hate-crime/analysis_hate_crime_engl.pdf).

KHPG monitors and monitors from the partner organisations gathered and checked information on facts of hate crime and hate speech from the side of state bodies as well as passed this information to people, mass media and organisations involved. The monitoring covered 17 regions from 27 regions of the country (the Crimea; the Kharkiv, Poltava, Sumy, Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk regions, Kyiv and the Kyiv region, Donetsk, Lugansk, Cherkassi, Vinnitsa, Zhitomir, Kherson and Mikolaev regions. Project finding published in the KHPG site http://khpg.org and other websites as well printing media in Ukrainian and English.

KHPG summarised results of the monitoring and analysis in the form of a book «Hate Crime in Ukraine» with a print run of 1000 copies. The book was sent to the authorities and bodies of local self-government, nongovernmental organizations and to the media. The book and other results of monitoring and analysis were also presented at seven one-day public hearings and press conferences in seven cities, centres of monitoring: Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Donetsk, Simferopol, Kherson, and Cherkassi. The public hearings were attended by representatives of ethnic-cultural organizations, ethnic minorities, other civic organizations of the region, and representatives of the authorities, local self-government and journalists.

 

9. Security Services in a Constitutional Democracy

KHPG members carried on monitoring human rights violations from the side of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), analysis SSU’s activities in the fields of defence state secrets and other classified information, analysis SSU’s activities in the fields of wiretapping and other forms of interception of communications as well analysis SSU’s activities against terrorism. In particular, KHPG experts studied all criminal cases on crime of terrorist nature investigated by the SSU (terrorist actions in Makeevka, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovks, etc.) They prepared recommendations on changes of legislation and practice regarding the activities of the SSU. In addition, they published results of analysis and monitoring in numeral publications in the media:  «The Criminal Prosecution of Lutsenko and Investigative Operations» (http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1344383009), «Information security: what are we protecting?» (http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1338412299), «Violation of the right to privacy during investigation» (http://khpg.org/index.php?id=1330707752), «Vasilkiv’s terrorists» can receive 5-7 years of prison, http://gazeta.ua/articles/politics/_vasilkivskih-teroristiv-mozhut-posaditi-na-5-7-rokiv-pravozahisnik/45791, http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2012/09/26/6973530/, «Criminal case against Lutsenko and operative search activity», http://www.pravda.com.ua/inozmi/svoboda/2012/08/7/6970340/, «We have a big problem with illegal wiretapping of citizens», http://tvi.ua/new/2012/12/21/zakharov_u_nas_ye_velyki_problemy_z_nezakonnym_proslukhovuvannyam_hromadyan, Access of law enforcement officers to the names of the owners of SIM-cards»,  http://www.radiosvoboda.org/content/article/24752920.html.

 

10. Providing Information on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Ukraine

KHPG updated own portal «Human Rights in Ukraine» http://khpg.org on a daily basis (5-7 new materials in Ukrainian or Russian and 5-7 new materials in English per day), specialised site «Against Torture!» http://maidanua.org/special/pk/ for victims of torture and ill-treatment in a daily basis (3-4 new materials per day), site http://library.khpg.org (virtual library on human rights) on a weekly basis (4-5 new books per week), and site http://archive.khpg.org (virtual museum and archive of dissident movement in Ukraine) on a weekly basis (1-2 new materials per week).

Furthermore, KHPG prepared published and distributed a bulletin «Prava Ludyny» («Human Rights») two times per month and the monthly English bulletin «Prava Ludyny», extract from these two issues, as well as monthly bulletin «Human Rights. Civic Education» (each bulletin consists of 12 pages A4 format).

In addition, we sent information materials and books produced by KHPG to NGOs and individuals according to the requests. The KHPG library with open access (more than 12,000 books on law, human rights, history, political sciences, political repressions, etc., and periodic editions) permanently is functioned.

 

 

11. Civic and human rights education

KHPG members carried on a big chapter «Civic Education» of the KHPG site http://khpg.org on a daily basis, published and distributed monthly bulletin «Human Rights. Civic Education» mostly for teachers on history and law of secondary schools in rural areas where Internet is absent.

KHPG experts have prepared research devoted to the crimes of the Soviet totalitarian regime in the 1930s – 1940s in Ukraine and USSR. We tried to prove that these crimes can be classified as crime against humanity and/or genocide. The following historical topics have been considered in the research:

1. Mass repression against the peasants, dekulakization, deportation, arrests and executions at the ruling of OGPU Secret Police “troika” [groups of three] in 1929-1933.

2. The mass-scale requisition of grain for state storage and sale abroad, organized by Stalin and the Politburo. This resulted in a manmade famine from which between 7 and 12 million people died in the USSR, including 3.5 to 4.5 million of the population of Ukraine in 1932-1933. It is very important to study human rights through the example of this, one of the worst crimes in world history because currently there is no international consensus among scholars or politicians on whether the Soviet policies that caused the famine fall under the legal definition of genocide (for example, see Doc. 12173 and Doc. 12181 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe). There is also no consensus within Ukraine.

3. Great Terror and purges of 1937-1938. Mass arrests and executions in the so-called “kulak” operation of the NKVD. These were executions according to prior quotas from July 1937 to November 1938 (767 397 were arrested, and 386 798 executed). Mass arrests and executions on ethnic grounds as part of so-called “national operations” of the NKVD (German, Polish, Kharbin, Latvian and others) July 1937 – November 1938 (around 350 thousand people were arrested, of whom around 250 thousand were executed). Executions and convictions according to “execution lists” where the punishment was not determined by court bodies, but by Stalin and his close henchmen from the Politburo – Molotov, Voroshilov, Kaganovich, Zhdanov, Mikoyan and others. From February 1937 to October 1938 sanction was given for the conviction according to 383 lists, containing 44 thousand names, of whom 39 thousand were for execution. Repression against members of the families of those convicted of “treason”. In 1937-1938 as “members of the families of traitors against the motherland” more than 18 thousand women were arrested and 25 thousand children placed in NKVD children’s homes.

4. Sanction from Stalin for the use by the NKVD during investigation of “measures of physical influence”, i.e. torture. The telegram signed by Stalin on 10 February 1939 confirmed the “lawfulness” of this practice adopted in 1937. In later years Stalin continued to give sanctions for the use of torture, for which in the case of the doctors in 1952-1953.

5. The non-aggression pact with Germany and secret protocols on spheres of influence of the USSR and Third Reich. In accordance with these, the USSR began seizing neighboring territory, taking part in the destruction of Poland, beginning a war with Finland and occupying the Baltic States, Western Ukraine and Bessarabia. The Soviet Union was accused of aggressive expansionist policy and expelled from the League of Nations.

6. The mass execution of Polish prisoners of war and civilians at the decision of the Politburo on 5 March 1940 during April and May 1940 by the NKVD at Katyń, Mednoye and Kharkiv. 21,857 Polish nationals were murdered.

7. Holocaust in Ukraine 1941-1945. Tragedy of Ukrainian Jews. The righteous of the world in Ukraine.

8. The sanctioning by Stalin and the Politburo of mass deportation of the civilian population on the grounds of “class” or ethnic origin:

- deportation of Poles from Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia in 1939-1940;

- deportation of citizens from the Baltic Republics and Moldova in May-June 1941;

- deportation of Germans, Kalmyks, Chechens and Ingushis, Karachayevtsi, Crimean Tatars and others between 1941 and 1945;

- deportation of “kulaks” from the Baltic Republics and Moldova in 1949;

- deportation of Ukrainians during the second half of the 1940s for “abetting the UPA” [Ukrainian Resistance Army].

Results of this research we summarized in view of a textbook «Human Rights in the Focus of Ukraine’s Recent History».

Our approach was presented and discussed with teachers, representatives NGO’s including youth organizations of the region, journalists, and students. We held public discussions on human rights through the prism of Ukraine’s recent history in 7 cities of Ukraine: Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Donetsk, Simferopol, Kherson, and Cherkassi. In Kharkiv we held 10 such discussions for students and 10 seminars for pupils of 10-11 classes in Kharkiv Humanitarian Gymnasium "Hearth".

 

12. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

On 1 January 2012 KHPG had 607 017.63 UAH. In 2012 KHPG worked according to 11 grants indicated in the list below.

Total expenditures in 2012 were 2 897 340 UAH.

On 31 December 2012 balance was 1 563 745.89 UAH.

It should be noted that KHPG had many problems with our bank «Basis». By the decision of the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine of 20.04.2012 No. 168 “BASIS” Joint-Stock Commercial Bank”, Public Joint-Stock Company was taken into administration for six months period from 23.04.2012 to 23.10.2012 and the complete moratorium on the satisfaction of the creditors’ claims for three months from 23.04.2012 to 23.07.2012 was imposed. Since 23 April bank «Basis» stopped all operations. Since 1 September 2012 bank was closed. Now procedure of liquidation of the bank is continued. KHPG lost about 60 000 Euro. We needed to postpone IRF grants and agreed with the SIDA about using partly their money for finishing EVZ grants.

 

APPENDIX

 

List of the grants fulfilled by LHPG in 2012

We use the following abbreviations:

IRF – International «Renaissance» Foundation (Kyiv, Uktaine)

EC – European Commission

SIDA – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

NED  – National Endowment for Democracy (U.S.A.)

OSF – Open Society Foundation (Budapest)

CoE – Council of Europe

            EVZ – «Remembrance, Responsibility and Future» (Berlin, Germany)

 

Title of the project

Donor

Project period,

day/month/year

Amount

Balance on 1/01/13

Monitoring violations of human rights by the Security Service of Ukraine and assessment its activities in this sphere

IRF

1/01/12 – 12/12/13

 

180 000 UAH

90 000 UAH

Enhancing legal opportunities for vulnerable groups in society to defend their rights (subgrant) for support of the KHPG PRO)

EC

30/09/12 – 31/08/14

€   9350

€   7012

Improvement of legislation and practice of access to archives

IRF

1/09/11 – 30/06/13

155 495 UAH

77748 UAH

Providing Information and Analysis of Human Rights in Ukraine

NED

01/04/12 – 30/03/13

$  47 200

$  12 200

Development of legislative and organizational framework, based on international human rights standards, to defend human rights, with emphasis on fight against ill-treatment

EC

21/09/12 – 20/09/14

€ 209980.65

€ 176400

Development of legislative and organizational framework, based on international human rights standards, to defend human rights, with emphasis on fight against ill-treatment

MATRA

10/09/12 – 10/09/13

451 200 UAH

298 150 UAH

Monitoring hate crime in Ukraine, defence of victims, analysis of the Ukrainian legislation and practice concerning prevention hate crime

EVZ

21/04/11 – 01/07/12

€ 21 400

Fostering Human Rights through the Prism of Ukraine’s Recent History

EVZ

01/01/12 – 31/03/13

€ 14 470

€ 6 000

Holding the seminar «Data Protection Standards: a Tool Box for NGOs»

CoE

18/09/12 – 03/11/12

€4 900

Institutional Support

OSF

01/01/12 – 31/12/12

$200 000

$100000

Pre-Core Support

SIDA

01/02/12 – 31/12/12

€ 80 300

 

 

 

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