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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
23.04.2013

Speak for Yourself

When freedom of peaceful assembly is coming under increasing assault, solidarity among representatives of civic society is especially vital. Solidarity does not by any means exclude pluralism of views. Recent statements from one quarter have forced the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union to issue a statement making this clear. | detail

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23.04.2013

Why a law on peaceful assembly is needed

In his analysis, Volodymyr Yavorsky notes that bans on peaceful assembly are becoming ever more frequent and all-purpose, prohibiting any meetings in a particular place or timeframe. The need for legal regulation is clear. It is just as clearly missing at present | detail

Visits 2177
22.04.2013

Democratic Alliance: The President is scared of people altogether

Vasyl Hatsko, Head of the Democratic Alliance Party and Maxim Panov, head of the Kyiv branch, are now at liberty having been jailed as administrative arrest over entirely peaceful protests | detail

Visits 1677
22.04.2013

Tree defenders in Kyiv detained

During a protest against tree-felling on Dniprovodska St (Obolon region), police detained two protesters – well-known journalist Ihor Lutsenko and Vitaly Hruzynov | detail

Visits 1135
16.04.2013

Usual arsenal against peaceful protest

Democratic Alliance activists who arrived at Mezhyhirya on Monday to protest over the jailing of two fellow-activists were attacked by “unidentified thugs” and subjected to rough treatment by a formidable continent of Berkut riot police. There are also reports of obstruction by traffic police | detail

Visits 1906
16.04.2013

Democratic Alliance: Overcome your fear and act!

The Democratic Alliance is demanding that Maxim Panov and Vasyl Hatsko be released and calling on Ukrainians to stand up for their rights | detail

Visits 1867
15.04.2013

Protecting the President’s Patch

It was bad enough that all peaceful actions for the last three years have been banned anywhere near the President’s estate at Mezhyhirya. Now peaceful protesters are being jailed . | detail

Visits 2920
12.04.2013

Activist jailed for 7 days for visit to Mezhyhirya

On the same day that the European Court of Human Rights urged Ukraine to sort out its legislation on peaceful assembly, further worrying reports are emerging about ongoing violations of this fundamental right. | detail

Visits 2646
12.04.2013

Long-needed ECHR judgement on freedom of peaceful assembly in Ukraine

Given the ever-increasing number of peaceful protests banned by the authorities, Strasbourg’s judgement could not be more appropriate. The Court noted the “20-year legislative lacuna concerning freedom of peaceful assembly” and stressed the need for urgent reform | detail

Visits 2018
11.04.2013

Journalists obstructed, activists detained outside President’s scandalous residence

A TVi film crew, who went together with Democratic Alliance activists, to investigate how the authorities were fighting the flood used as justification for banning yet another peaceful demonstration, encountered problems from the police, not the elements. | detail

Visits 2413
10.04.2013

New excuse for banning protest outside Mezhyhirya

The latest reason for banning a totally peaceful protest outside the estate which once belonged to the State but is now owned by an outfit closely associated with the President was an expected flood - on the very day of the protest ... | detail

Visits 2568
19.03.2013

Don’t make a police dispersal where there wasn’t one

While accusations that the police dispersed a protest outside the Prosecutor General’s Office on Monday are oversimplified, civic observers and Amnesty International are adamant that a blanket ban on any protests is disproportionate | detail

Visits 1654
18.03.2013

Four civic activists detained at peaceful protest

On Monday morning four prominent civic activists were “taken to the police station” though supposedly not detained as they attempted to take part in a peaceful protest in support of Vinnytsa Human Rights Group Coordinator Dmytro Groisman | detail

Visits 1415
12.03.2013

TOP 6 absurd court bans on peaceful assembly

Members of the Partnership “For Freedom of Peaceful Assembly” have issued a list of the TOP 6 court orders which violated the right to peaceful assembly. | detail

Visits 2433
27.02.2013

Court bans peaceful protest outside Hostynny Dvir

Judge Keleberda of the Kyiv District Administrative Court has banned any protests or rallies outside Hostynny Dvir, the landmark in central Kyiv which is currently undergoing controversial reconstruction work | detail

Visits 1915
26.02.2013

Activists detained outside President’s Administration

At least 8 young members of the Coalition of Participants in the Orange Revolution were detained by police on Monday afternoon during an entirely peaceful, if not overly flattering, expression of their opinion of President Yanukovych | detail

Visits 1199
22.02.2013

Glimmers of hope: positive court rulings from 2012

An excellent initiative giving “positive feedback” and a good example to others by noting those courts and judges whose rulings have upheld freedom of peaceful assembly, of expression, the rights to wheelchair access and others | detail

Visits 1713
20.02.2013

Another dangerous and baffling ruling from the High Administrative Court

With a decision to cancel two MPs’ mandates having already raised eyebrows, the Court has effectively handed city authorities carte blanche to demand unreasonably long advance notice of planned peaceful protests. The move seems likely to strengthen the worrying encroachments on freedom of peaceful assembly | detail

Visits 2127
15.02.2013

Protesters outside President’s Administration could face 15 day sentences

Seven activists protesting sentences over anti-Yanukovych images are charged with petty hooliganism, and some with resisting police officers | detail

Visits 1314
12.02.2013

20 years on, and still waiting for a decent peaceful asssembly bill

A number of civic organizations are concerned that having passed a new law, the authorities will impose additional restrictions which will obstruct people from exercising their right to peaceful gatherings | detail

Visits 1231
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