European Court again points to need for Ukraine to regulate peaceful assembly

Ukraine has lost a second case in the European Court of Human Rights this year highlighting the urgent need for legislative regulation of the right to peaceful assembly. Both cases were successfully represented in Strasbourg by Volodymyr Yavorskyy | detail

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2013 Record-breaker for anti-police protest

The Centre for Social Research reports that 2013 has already broken all relative and absolute records for the number of protests against police lawlessness or failure by the police to act when needed | detail

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Obstructing those who obstruct peaceful gatherings

Another attempt is due this week to legislate guarantees for freedom of peaceful assembly. Volodymyr Yavorsky is clear that either of the two draft bills tabled is better than the present absence of proper regulation | detail

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Mystery strongmen in black outside Mezhyhirya identified

So much for the Public Information Act: it’s taken five months to get an answer to a very simple question. Simple, yet sensitive, since it concerns the extraordinary measures taken to keep the public away from President Yanukovych’s controversial residence at Mezhyhirya. | detail

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Berkut forces move focus from criminals to demonstrators

The Interior Ministry Special Force Berkut was mainly created to fight dangerous criminals. In fact, however, its main task is increasingly becoming what is euphemistically referred to as protecting public order at protests. | detail

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Vradiyska Peaceful Protest Coordinator’s jail sentence “revoked”

The Kyiv Court of Appeal has revoked the sentence weeks after Vasyl Lyubarets, the initiator of the Vradiyvska protests against police violence and lawlessness served a 10 dayt term of imprisonment | detail

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Prominent civic activists jailed for five days

Prominent journalists and civic activists Ihor Lutsenko and Yehor Sobolev have been jailed for 5 days over a peaceful, f unconventional, attempt to draw attention to the refusal to call new elections for Kyiv Mayor and City Council | detail

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Head of Transparency International in Ukraine fined for peaceful protest

Administrative charges have been brought against Oleksiy Khmara, Executive Director of Transparency International in Ukraine in connection with a protest on 24 July outside the President’s Administration in Kyiv | detail

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Vradiyska Peaceful Protest Coordinator jailed for 10 days

Judge Andzor Saadulaev from the Shevchenkivsk District Court in Kyiv has jailed the initiator of the Vradiyvska protests against police violence and lawlessness, Vasyl Lyubarets. He is supposed to have infringed the rules for holding peaceful gatherings. | detail

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Outrage and police excuses over Berkut violence against journalist

There have been protests over the quite disproportionate actions of the Berkut officers against peaceful demonstrators including a Channel 5 film crew protesting against police lawlessness and violence | detail

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Berkut riot police disperse peaceful protest on Independence Square

4 busloads of Berkut special unit officers arrived at 23.30 and immediately surrounded the protesters. Around 200 people had come out to express their anger at the actions of the police | detail

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Conviction for anti-Yanukovych banner overturned

On 16 July the Kyiv Court of Appeal revoked the quashed the conviction of four activists from the Democratic Alliance Party over a protest along the route taken by Yanukovych’s cortege involving a banner reading “Yanukovych, get out of Kyiv”. | detail

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More Clashes with police and protesters’ versions differing radically

Throughout the weekend the police denied widely circulated accounts of police violence against a woman activist on Friday and threatened prosecution against those who stormed the Svyatoshyno Police Station on Friday evening | detail

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Abuse of National Security

A law on peaceful assembly is undoubtedly needed, but can only provide deceptive gloss where the courts restrict the fundamental right to peaceful protest claiming that this is in defence of people’s right to peace and quiet, or citing nebulous considerations of “national security”. | detail

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Blanket ban on protest outside President’s Administration

The District Administrative Court in Kyiv has decided that the mother of a disabled child poses a threat to national security and public order and has banned any peaceful protests at all outside the President’s Administration until the end of the year | detail

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Ban on any peaceful assembly upheld

The Kyiv Court of Appeal on 20 June 2013 upheld a court order banning any peaceful protest outside the Prosecutor General’s Office for two months | detail

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Human rights activists urge MPs to defend freedom of peaceful assembly

Despite the progressive nature of the provisions in Article 39 of Ukraine’s Constitution, implementation of freedom of peaceful assembly remains unsatisfactory in Ukraine | detail

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The Police want to rewrite human rights activists’ freedom of peaceful assembly bill

The Partnership “For Freedom of Peaceful Assembly” points out that information provided by the Deputy Interior Minister regarding a ban on wearing masks in the draft bill on freedom of peaceful assembly is not correct. It also rejects any such ban as being an infringement on people’s rights | detail

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Police push for dangerous additions to peaceful assembly law

They propose making it illegal not only to carry weapons during street protests, but to wear masks or hoods to hide ones face. Most ominously they want to make the organizers of a protest, as well those directly responsible for infringements of public order liable | detail

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Journalists met with riot police on Journalist Day

Once again journalists who gathered near the President’s residence at Mezhyhirya were obstructed first by traffic, then by Berkut riot police | detail

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