Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

Police access to the names of SIM-card owners

A new law would enable police to receive access to considerable amounts of information about all mobile telephone owners, with the procedure for this, in breach of the Constitution, being stipulated by the Cabinet of Ministers, not by law | detail

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Huge passport scam with 45 million victims

On Tuesday civic activists staged a protest outside the President’s Administration calling on him to veto the Law on a Unified State Demographic Register | detail

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Uncontrolled snooping versus “universally accepted European practice”

Since the Law on a Unified State Demographic Register is alleged to be needed to implement the EU-Ukraine Visa Liberalization Action Plan, it seems imperative that EU representatives are fully aware of the grave concern over this bill among human rights and civic organizations. | detail

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More questions about passports, biometric details and Hrytsak’s plans

Viktor Timoshchuk has hard-hitting questions about a law which will cost billions, with it still unclear who will pay, why there has been no tender and why so many documents need biometric chips as well as why the government wants a database with so much information about Ukrainian citizens | detail

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Veto Law on Single State Demographic Register!

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union outlines the reasons why this law is in breach of the Constitution, the Personal Data Protection Act and international human rights agreements | detail

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Whose Access to Information?

A law adopted on 2 October introduces an inordinately large number of biometric documents while creating a single database with worrying scope and no protection of privacy | detail

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«Here I stand before you, as if naked…»

The words are from a song by Alexander Galich. What should Ukrainians expect from the adoption of a Single State Demographic Register? | detail

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All-out biometric

By bringing in a State Demographic Register, MPs want to have total biometric records on Ukrainians. Much more information will be included than Ukraine’s international commitments demand. | detail

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Ongoing passport wars

Viktor Tymoshchuk from the Centre for Political and Legal Reform gives a damning assessment of the latest bill proposing to use biometric information on 13 different types of documents | detail

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Call for a review of the Law on Personal Data Protection

The Personal Data Protection Act has demonstrated a number of problems including restriction of access to public information on grounds of confidentiality of personal data and excessive administrative demands on the processing of personal data | detail

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The Landik vs. case

Two representatives of Reporters without Borders consider whether the conflict between Party of the Regions MP Volodymyr Landik and the Internet publication Levy Bereg [] is over divulging of personal information. | detail

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Widely condemned Personal Data Protection Bill gains fangs

From 1 July 2012 stiff penalties can be imposed for violation of a law condemned by media and human rights organizations, not least because of the enormous scope it provides for abuse. | detail

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Registration of “databases” deferred until 1 July

Both the Personal Data Protection Act and the law increasing liability for not registering such databases have aroused serious concern among media, human rights and business organizations | detail

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Analysis of the CCU Judgement regarding confidential information

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. | detail

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Ivashchenko’s rights further infringed

Former Acting Defence Minister in Yulia Tymoshenko’s government, Valery Ivashchenko is outraged that the Prosecutors have doctors’ assessments of his state of health that neither he nor his lawyers have been given | detail

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More on authorities’ dubious data collecting

NGOs fear that the gathering of data is linked with the approaching parliamentary elections, with the authorities thus trying to find out which NGOs plan to monitor the electoral process and which get financial assistance from abroad | detail

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Russia: Shameful Trial in the “Case of the Historians” continues

Students who came to show support for Professor Suprun who is facing charges over research into the fate of Germans deported to Arkhangelsk carried banners reading: “Maybe there’s been enough repression?”; “Is it really 1937 again?” and “Free History!” | detail

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Now Ukrainian banks want to know about their clients’ “public activities”

In Ukraine it’s virtually impossible to use a bank without giving information about your property and public activities. These are the results of research undertaken by Radio Svoboda after the National Bank of Ukraine ordered financial institutions to gather such information about their clients | detail

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NGOs report increased surveillance, questions, etc from the authorities

Civic organizations have recently recorded an increase in monitoring by the authorities of their activities, the civic partnership “New Citizen” informs. Information about NGOs is, for example, being gathered by the State Tax Service and State Administrations. | detail

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Law on Biometric Passports vetoed. What next?

The Law passed on 23 September envisaged the introduction of biometric cards for 20 types of documents. The Visa Facilitation Action Plan only requires biometric chips for passports. | detail

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