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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
19.07.2013

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

Visits 2450
17.07.2013

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

Visits 1761
15.07.2013

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

Visits 2409
12.07.2013

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

Visits 1951
04.07.2013

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

Visits 1622
24.06.2013

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

Visits 1575
14.06.2013

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

Visits 1560
13.06.2013

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

Visits 1945
13.06.2013

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

Visits 1803
07.06.2013

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

Visits 1897
04.06.2013

Court bans Stop Censorship peaceful protest outside Mezhyhirya

For the third year in a row the court has restricted people’s right to peaceful assembly near the President’s controversial residence at Mezhyhirya. | detail

Visits 1812
04.06.2013

Jail for Anti-Yanukovych banner?

Four members of the Democratic Alliance party holding a banner reading "Yanukovych get out of Kyiv" were detained on Monday for a peaceful protest on the route taken by President Yanukovych’s cortege. | detail

Visits 1957
28.05.2013

Mysterious “men in black” guard Mezhyhirya from the public

OZON a civic peaceful assembly watchdog is demanding that the Interior Ministry explain who the identified men in black were who obstructed a peaceful gathering near the President’s controversial residence at Mezhyhirya on 15 May | detail

Visits 1571
27.05.2013

A modest first for Ukraine

That Ukraine saw its first Gay Pride March on Saturday is an achievement, given obstruction from the authorities, homophobic threats from a number of organizations and VO Svoboda, and justifiably little confidence that the police would protect participants from attack | detail

Visits 1609
24.05.2013

LGBT Equality March banned in Kyiv

The District Administrative Court in Kyiv banned the march on application from the Kyiv City State Administration. The ban officially covers all but official events on 25 May, though clearly the target was the March for Equality. | detail

Visits 1397
23.05.2013

UHHRU On the events before and on 18 May

Throughout the country police and transport workers obstructed people trying to get to Kyiv for the Rise Ukraine opposition rally | detail

Visits 2679
23.05.2013

Whose circus, Mr Prime Minister?

The government can’t get anything right. On Wednesday Prime Minister Azarov threw out women journalists trying through a totally peaceful protest to remind him that it could be his wife or daughter who gets attracked with the police watching on and doing nothing, as happened with their colleague Olha Snitsarchuk | detail

Visits 2605
23.05.2013

On attempts by the Kyiv authorities to ban the March for Equality on 25 May

The Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine has issued a statement regarding attempts by the Kyiv City State Administration [KCSA] to secure a court ban on any events in the centre of Kyiv on 25 May 2013 | detail

Visits 1892
18.05.2013

Police detain Spilna Sprava civic activists

On Saturday afternoon Berkut riot police detained Oleksandr Danylyuk, the leader of Spilna Sprava [Common Cause] and four other activists from the movement. | detail

Visits 2256
15.05.2013

President’s Administration pays rent to shadowy firm behind Mezhyhirya

During 2012 the President’s Administration paid 100 thousand UAH to Tantalit - a firm believed to have links with the Yanukovych family - for renting an office for Viktor Yanukovych in the latter’s sumptuous residence at Mezhyhirya. | detail

Visits 2605
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