Seminars within the project Development of Ukrainian human rights protection information network
From 21 January 1999 to 21 January 2000 ten seminars devoted to the topic International standards of preventing torture and cruel treatment in connection with Ukrainian legislation were held in the framework of the TACIS project Development of Ukrainian human rights protection information network. The seminars were held in Lviv, Zhytomir, Cherkassy, Chernigiv, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Vinnitsa, Khmelnitsky, Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk. All in all there were 870 participants. They were workers of justice, militia, the USS, prosecutors offices, as well as advocates, public organization activists and journalists.
The reporters at the seminars were: Oleksandr Pavlychenko, director of the Centre of Information and Documentation of the Council of Europe, who spoke on the prospects of the cooperation of Ukraine with the Council of Europe and who explained the procedure of handing complaints to the European court; Evhen Zakharov, a co-chairman of Kharkiv Group for human rights protection, who spoke on international standards of protection from torture and degrading treatment and on how these standards are realized in Ukraine; Roman Romanov, the executive director of Sevastopol human rights protection group, who told about the Ukrainian legislation on detaining and arrest, as well as how they agree with international standards.
Along with the basic reports at the seminars in Zhytomir, Chernigiv, Cherkassy, Simferopol, Sevastopol and Donetsk some additional reports were made. Andrey Sukhorukov, the head of the International Union of human rights (Ukrainian branch), made the report on the role of public organizations in preventing torture. Aleksandr Bukalov, a co-chairman of the Donetsk society Memorial, spoke on preventing torture and the reform of the penitentiary system in Ukraine. At the seminars in Khmelnitsky, Vinnitsa and Dnepropetrovsk Yuri Zaytsev, the editor-in-chief of the quarterly Practice of the European Court of human rights: decisions and comments, spoke on the use of the European Convention on human rights in the court system of Ukraine. In Lviv professor Petro Rabinovich spoke about the peculiarities of the interpretation of the norms of the European Convention on human rights by the European Court of human rights; professor Yaroslav Dashkevich discussed the methods of assessment of the situation with human rights.
In the framework of these seminars general discussions were held on the following topics:
what are human rights?
what threatens human rights in Ukraine?
activity of public human rights protection organizations;
mechanisms of human rights protection.