On Friday, 2 October public hearings on observance of human rights in the work of the Ministry of Internal Affairs [MIA] were held in Kyiv. They were attended by the Minister of Internal Affairs Yury Lutsenko who said in his opening address that rights violations by MIA officers remain a serious problem for the Ministry.
01.10.09 | Halya Coynash
The graffiti left reading "No to sodomy!", as well as a nationalist symbol demonstrates the same homophobic primitivism seen not only among fringe extreme rightwing groups, but also the political party VO "Svoboda"
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union with bar lawyer Viacheslav Yakubenko state that the ruling is unlawful and unwarranted, and violates their rights
"Regardless of the fact that not one expert had a good word to say about it, the National Deputies overrode the Presidents veto, discarding the amendments which were proposed, and there was no discussion"
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union believes that the draft law will significantly narrow the scope of existing freedom of peaceful assembly and lead to social tension due to the unwarranted stopping of peaceful assembly
Instead of the culmination of the Nuremberg process and the triumphant renewal of justice, we again have a show trial which elicits a worried feeling that the organizers want an easy myth, while both they and the public as a whole show a stubborn reluctance to learn any real lessons
“I understood for the first time that real patriotism - not just that for show, is always quiet, serious and civic and not narrowly ethnic. With Ivan it was even something sacredly light.” (Zinoviy Antonyuk)
The two pivotal figures of the 1960s “Shistdesyatnyky” would have turned 80 this week. They were close friends and even celebrated their “joint seventieth birthday” (each was 35) in 1964
CVU considers that the amendments to the Law on the Presidential Elections and other laws pertaining to the elections, passed by the Verkhovna Rada, place the holding of transparent and democratic elections in jeopardy
Environments are critical of the State Forestry Development Programme and warn of its possible adverse consequences for the loss of natural steppe lands, as well as plants and animals included in Ukraines Red Book
The Pact between Stalin and Hitler and the subsequent events – the invasion of Poland, first by the Wehrmacht and then by the Red Army – are among the most shameful pages of Europes history.
It is a sad irony: While the world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Russia itself is relapsing to some of its Soviet ways. In fact, for journalists, Russia is a more dangerous place now than it was during the Cold War
Since 25 August 2009 the State Border Guard Service has introduced spot checks at border passes to ascertain that foreign nationals and stateless persons from a number of countries have sufficient funds to pay for their stay in Ukraine
The Memorial marks the place where around four thousand Polish officers, shot in the basement of the Kharkiv NKVD, lie buried.
Unable to totally stop the activities of the national democratic movement, the KGB tried to influence its further development, as well as systematically obstructing its members
The new version does not fully supply the needed changes, but is an improvement, and the very fact of its having been tabled could provide the stimulus to achieve the relevant changes when preparing legislative changes to the second and third readings