The Civic Consortium of Electoral Initiatives not only reiterates the points of criticism noted by the Venice Commission, including the lack of transparency and consultation with the opposition and the public, but also points out crucial discrepancies between this law and that shown the Venice Commission
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has addressed an open letter to the Speaker of Parliament and chairs of various parliamentary committees regarding a bill which proposes introducing liability for what it calls “propaganda of homosexuality”.
Marina Nikolayeva decided to check out how the Public Information Act and its norm on income declarations work by examining those of Kharkiv Governor Dobkin and Mayor Kernes. The comparison between their statements and reality makes shocking reading
Historian Mikhail Suprun who has been collecting information about Germans deported to Siberia during WWII and archivist Alexander Dudarev are being prosecuted under an article of the Personal Data Protection Law
In response to President Yanukovych’s statement that “releasing Tymoshenko would give the wrong signal to society”, some thoughts on the signals given society by the carefully orchestrated trial, verdict and new criminal prosecution of the former Prime Minister and opposition leader
The many problems not addressed include the lack of clear definition of “malicious disobedience” which the police can therefore use as they choose, and the practice of avoiding formal processing of detention, leaving a person without any protection
A number of NGOs have issued a statement accusing the government of totally ignoring the public’s demand for transparency and maximum involvement of civic experts in drawing up the new law.on the parliamentary elections
For more than two years the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights with respect to Lutsenko v. Ukraine has remained unenforced. During that period Stanislav Lutsenko has been serving a prison sentence on the basis of a conviction whose questionable nature was confirmed by the European Court of Human Rights.
On Wednesday a search was carried out of the flat owned by Alexander Kovalyov, leader of the Afghanistan War Veteran NGO “Nobody Except Us”. The search comes less than a month after major protests in Kyiv and an attempt by the war veterans to storm parliament over plans to cut benefits
On 11 October journalists from the Korrespondent journal and Kommersant – Ukraine were injured by Berkut riot offices outside the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv where the verdict was being read out against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
It remains to be hoped that Viktor Yanukovych will nonetheless carry out the option of decriminalizing the article under which Yulia Tymoshenko has been convicted. If the Head of State does that, it will soften the consequences of what is negative today. However it cannot remove it altogether.
EU Ministers have added 16 new names to a list of 192 individuals linked to Lukashenko’s regime who are barred from entering the EU. Most are judges who have sentenced protesters in the wake of a flawed presidential election in December. The trial of Yulia Tymoshenko was also on the Ministers’ agenda
Most of Ales Bialiatski’s work as an activist has focused on defending the human rights of Belarusians, providing legal defense to political prisoners and their families, and supporting human rights initiatives in the country.