26.02.05 | Nikolay Kozyrev, Lugansk
Road militia seized the run of the newspaper “Tvoy vybor”. Human rights protectors regard this confiscation as an act of political censorship.
On 26 November, after consideration of the appeal, the court cancelled the decision of an investigating officer on institution of criminal case against Oleksandr Lomaka, a member of the public campaign “Pora!”. O. Lomaka was detained on 20 October in Chernigiv for the illegal storage of explosives (part 1 of Article 263 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).
26.02.05 | Maryana Kulya, Volodymyr Yavorskyy, RUPOR
Well-known Russian human rights protection activist Ludmila Alekseeva assessed very negatively the demonstrative meddling of Russia into the election process in Ukraine.
A tent of the public action “Pora!” wasa destroyed in Donetsk. This and other events in Donetsk.
The Lugansk regional department of the Ministry of Interior denies the fact of beating of the adherents of V. Yushchenkos bloc “Our Ukraine” by strangers at a meeting.
26.02.05 | Valeriy Denshchik, the Lugansk regional organization «Zeleny Svit»
Participants of a meeting in support of V. Yushchenko were brutally beaten by Yanukovichs adherents. Evidences of witnesses and participants.
26.02.05 | Evhen Zakharov, Kharkiv
Mass detentions of activists of the public movement “Pora!” took place in many towns of Ukraine. In the majority of cases, owing to the active reaction of human rights protecting organizations, these repressions were stopped. Everywhere, where these organizations protected the detained, the legal aid was rendered in time, and the accusations were not confirmed.
The criminal case, instituted against Volodymir Zakaliuzhny, a participant of the public campaign “Pora!”, in accordance with Article 186 of the Criminal Code (“Open stealing of others property (robbery)”), was closed on because of absence of criminal event thanks to the assistance of the Foundation for legal aid to the victims of violations of human rights of the Ukrainian Helsinki union of human rights.
On 10 December 2004, on the International day of human rights, the Committee in charge of human rights, national minorities and interethnic relations of the Supreme Council of Ukraine traditionally conducted the sitting of the round table “Human rights in Ukraine: modern state and prospects”.
26.02.05 | Anatoliy Tkachuk, Kyiv
On 4 December 2004 the event took place in the Ukrainian Parliament, which might exert very negative influence at the development of political situation in Ukraine. Harsh statements of Oleksandr Moroz about the bloc “Our Ukraine” and Yulia Timoshenko allows to understand that the alliance Yushchenko-Moroz fell to pieces or, at least, cracked. The author carries out the analysis of situation in Ukraine and tries to formulate the top-priority steps that should be taken for liquidation of the current crisis.
This analysis was conducted by the experts in the sphere of constitutional right of Ukraine in the connection with adoption by the Supreme Council of Ukraine of the decision on distrust to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and in the connection with the statement of the Prime Minister of Ukraine on non-recognition of this decision.
The Ukrainian Helsinki union of human rights and the International Helsinki Federation of human rights state that replacement of the persons, responsible for violations during the election, is one of most important preconditions for the repeated voting in the second tour of election.
This document can be considered as the statement or address on the current situation.
The rating of civic freedoms got better due to increasing the peoples activity, growing independence of the courts and getting more freedom of speech after presidential election – states the American organization Freedom House.