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

New law on Public procurement means information about most tenders will be concealed

A week after the Law on Access to Public Information came into force, amendments to the law on public procurement will considerably reduce the amount of information available in the vital area of public procurement and tenders | detail

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Stop Censorship will force Deputies to make their income declarations public

As part of a campaign to monitor implementation of the Law on Access to Public Information Stop Censorship is calling for information requests to be sent to all 450 Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada regarding their declarations of income | detail

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The Public are most interested in how public funding is spent

The expectation from prominent journalists that the public will most want to know where taxpayers’ money is going gives an indication (if any were needed) of why those in power have fought to the bitter end against vital laws on access to information and would appear to still be trying anything to stall them | detail

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Law on Access to Public Information: comes into effect

With amendments which could have negated any positive reforms attempted to the last minute, there can be relief that the law has, as of 9 May 2011, entered into force intact Most of the subordinate legislation needed to make it work, however, has yet to be drawn up | detail

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Mayor of Uzhhorod bans action in support of Public Information Law

Mayor Pohoryelov has attempted to ban a street action “Breakthrough to information!” on 10 May to mark the entry into force of the Law on Access to Public Information. The organizers cite the Constitution and law and will not change their plans | detail

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Implementation of access to public information effectively stalled

The Head of the Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech, Andriy Shevchenko predicts that officials will sabotage the Law on Access to Public Information and warns that the subordinate legislation needed for it to work has not been prepared | detail

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Appeal regarding proposed amendments to the Law on Access to Public Information

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and Kharkiv Human Rights Group have addressed an open appeal to Volodymyr Lytvyn, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada regarding a proposed draft bill which could cancel all the positive innovations of this vital Law | detail

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Retreat from Access?

Proposed amendments to the Law on Access to Public Information will negate any meaning to the law and destroy any confidence and trust in declarations about commitment to fighting corruption and achieving openness | detail

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Stop Censorship disturbed by attempts to remove access from the Law on Public Information

The proposed amendments, they fear, would remove all the progressive changes leaving only the name so that the government could report that such a law had been passed | detail

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The public are unimpressed by the government’s image-creating project

Representatives of Ukraine’s civil society, including cultural figures, journalists, intellectuals and others, have addressed an open letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, K. Hryshchenko with respect to his ministry’s presentation of a “Strategy for positioning the country abroad” | detail

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Media Law Institute to defend its right to information in Strasbourg

The case involves the refusal by the Constitutional Court to provide the legal opinions from law institutes cited in justifying its judgment in April 2010, overturning its own judgment 18 months before and finding the new coalition constitutional | detail

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Right to information about the Human Rights Ombudsperson’s work confirmed

Oleksandr Shapovalov, Head of the Kherson region civic organization Right to Life has won his claim in the court of appeal against the refusal of the Human Rights Ombudsperson, Nina Karpachova, to provide information about her work | detail

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Why classify city plans?

The authorities in Kharkiv and seven other urban areas in the region found various pretexts for refusing to divulge what would hardly seem top secret information – their city plans | detail

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Secrets defended to the last

A court case all the way to the Supreme Court to wrench out of the Ternopil City Council information about decisions taken by its predecessors and of clear importance to the public | detail

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SBU: 5 Hour interrogation of historian Ruslan Zabily

On 16 February the SBU [Security Service] yet again summoned historian and Director of the National Memorial Museum of Victims of the Occupation Regimes “Tyurma na Lonskoho” in Lviv, Ruslan Zabily for questioning | detail

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Analysis of the new laws on information

What should we expect and will the conditions for exercising the right to information really improve? We will examine the laws passed with regard, firstly, to removal of the significant flaws in the Law on Information, and secondly, with how they meet international standards | detail

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Crimea: Local authorities shut out the press

Deputies of the Saki City Council in the Crimea have in the last few days taken the unprecedented step of banning a local journalist from their session, and the city’s Mayor tried to have him physically removed from the meeting hall | detail

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Regarding the new Law on Information

One of the co-authors of the Law on Information, Roman Holovenko from the Institute for Mass Information, has responded to criticism of the new version of the Law | detail

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If at first the law is against you …

It would seem that the saga continues of a supposed “case against” journalist and human rights activist Dementiy Bily, who was pushed and beaten up for asserting the right of Kherson residents to hear their Mayor’s report on his activities | detail

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Laws on Access to Public Information finally passed

This follows months of procrastination and desperate negotiations to avoid total rejection of a crucial law. How likely it is that the law will be enforced remains to be seen | detail

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