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

Ministry of Transport agrees with human rights groups over named railway tickets

The First Deputy Minister says that they asked passengers and found that 80% were against the proposed change. Mr Korniyenko added that there was no ticket touting at the moment and there was no point to introducing named tickets. | detail

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20 thousand wiretappings in 2010

A draft law has been registered in parliament which binds communications operators and providers to buy special equipment which law enforcement bodies will use for wiretapping | detail

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The introduction of named rail tickets is an unwarranted restriction of freedom

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has initiated an appeal by civic organizations against plans to reintroduce named railway tickets | detail

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On the police search of journalist Olena Bilozerska’s home

While the police say that they searched a journalist’s home on Saturday following a court order, the European Court of Human Rights sees such court orders as the last resort and the journalist herself says that had she been asked for the material sought, she would have handed it over | detail

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New SBU Head proposes more freedom to intercept communications

The Head of the Security Service is asking the Head of the Supreme Court to consider the possibility of courts providing permits at once for all telephone calls of a suspect to be intercepted during investigative operations | detail

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“Confidential medical records” handed out without problem in Ternopol clinics

Journalists discovered that you can find out any Ternopil resident’s illnesses in a matter of minutes. You only need the person’s address and last name | detail

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25 thousand wiretapping permits a year

Ukrainians remain unprotected legislatively from wiretapping and intrusion in their private life with wiretapping, interception of emails, surveillance, etc used quite frequently | detail

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Verkhovna Rada plans to regulate wiretapping permits

The Verkhovna Rada has at long last adopted as a base a draft law on improving mechanisms for protecting constitutional rights during investigative operations and counter-espionage activities | detail

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More and more unwarranted wiretapping?

It is not merely the number of permits issued to intercept information which causes concern, but the feeble correlation between such invasion of privacy and prosecution for actual crimes. | detail

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Easing of visa restrictions to the EU means introducing biometric passports

In order to contract an agreement on eased visa restrictions with the European Union, Ukraine will have to fulfil a number of requirements including introducing biometric passports | detail

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Human rights voice heeded: no fingerprints from foreign nationals

Parliament has not succeeded in overcoming the President’s veto on a bill which, as the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, warned, posed a serious threat to privacy and other rights | detail

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Law on biometric data returned to parliament

The President’s decision to veto a law which UHHRU had warned could seriously jeopardize people’s rights, especially the right to privacy, is warmly welcomed | detail

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UHHRU Open Appeal against collection of biometric data

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union is calling on the President to veto a law just passed in great haste introducing a system which violates human rights, will waste an extortionate amount of money and achieve nothing | detail

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Defence from snooping – up to the snooped upon themselves

The time frame during which the Cabinet of Ministers was supposed to inform the Administrative Court of Appeal on the measures taken for safeguarding rights and freedoms when carrying out investigative operations is about to expire | detail

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Banks prohibited from divulging confidential information about customers in arrears

The Ministry considers that debt collector firms should only be provided with the bank’s confidential information on the written request or consent of the debtor | detail

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Rule of Law not of the Cabinet of Ministers

A Kyiv court has refused to declare a Cabinet of Ministers Resolution on court warrants for interception of communications unlawful, but has issued a separate judgment warning the Cabinet that the Resolution fails to safeguard vital rights | detail

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Supreme Court imposes restriction on unauthorized interference in personal life

When carrying out investigative operations, detective inquiry and pre-trial investigations, court orders must be obtained not only for intercepting and recording telephone conversations, but also for receiving information about telephone conversations and their duration | detail

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Travel in privacy

The relevant government committee has supported a draft Cabinet of Ministers Resolution which will among other things abolish the need to give names and other passport details on railway tickets | detail

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Parliament has, it would seem, approved a ban on unsanctioned wiretapping

No, it wasn’t lawful before, and there remain no real guarantees for you and I, but for those investigative operations officers who may not know that a mobile telephone is a telephone, all will be put right | detail

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