Constitutional Court allows teachers to speak Russian at school

The Constitutional Court has found the provisions of the Cabinet of Ministers Resolution from 30 September (No. 1033) regarding the compulsory use by teachers during working time of Ukrainian unconstitutional | detail

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On protecting the electoral rights of people with sight impairments

While Ukrainian legislation guarantees people with sight impairments the right to participate in the electoral process, the right of people with disabilities to access to information regarding electoral law is often not implemented | detail

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Parliament ratifies UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol

By ratifying this document, the authorities commit themselves to closely consult with people with disabilities when drawing up and applying legislation and strategies aimed at implementing the Convention | detail

Visits 707

What is being done to safeguard the rights of the disabled?

On International Day for Disabled People, Radio Svoboda looked into facilities to enable those in wheelchairs to enjoy a full life | detail

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Discrimination on language grounds?

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union believes that the law just passed on liability for crimes based on racial, ethnic or religious intolerance could lead to manipulation of the “notorious language issue” | detail

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Parliament increases liability for discrimination, and changes nothing

The law in fact makes no significant change since the article of the Criminal Code is still phrased in such a way as to make it virtually impossible to prosecute people | detail

Visits 997

“It’s normal to know the State language”

The Minister of Education, Ivan Vakarchuk, spoke to journalists from the newspaper Komersant in Ukraine on a number of issues regarding recent controversy over a government resolution on language in schools, external testing and history textbooks. | detail

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Cabinet of Ministers rules on language

In a rather bizarre resolution, the Cabinet of Ministers has stipulated that Ukrainian should be the general language in schools, even where tuition is in a minority language | detail

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No innovation, but profanation

The results of an Accounting Chamber audit of a programme on introducing innovative technologies to provide prosthetic orthopaedic equipment are fairly damning | detail

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Too little being done to fight racism

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance is concerned that criminal legislation has not been strengthened and it remains difficult to prosecute people for racially-motivated crimes | detail

Visits 915

Do you need to grab for a gun to get a wheelchair from the State?

Thanks to UHHRU and an organization for the disabled, Oleksandr Melnyk, driven to despair by the callous indifference of the authorities and court, has received a pardon – and the wheelchair he shouldn’t have had to fight for | detail

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The Power of Parental Love

Two nine-year-old twins with cerebral palsy whose parents were advised to abandon them at birth have recently won an award for their poems. An incredibly moving story with a possible way of helping if you were able to | detail

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Ukrainian State and society against gays and lesbians: a brief report for 2008

The report points to various rights violations including infringement of the principle of freedom and non-discrimination; the right to information; to freedom of peaceful assembly and to form civic associations; access to justice | detail

Visits 1794

Maximum integration of children with special needs in the Lviv region

The Lviv Regional Council, the Lviv City Council and the All-Ukrainian Foundation “Step by Step” have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on plans for inclusive education in pre-school and school institutions in Lviv and the Lviv region | detail

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New Year greetings wrapped in statistics

The latest press report from the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Public Liaison Centre pulls statistics out of context and seems more designed to foster harmful stereotypes than to provide information | detail

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Recommendations on overcoming discrimination in Ukraine from UHHRU

These recommendations from the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union are based on a study of the recommendations of international bodies, European Court of Human Rights case law, as well as on an analysis of cases of discrimination and the action of the authorities in this sphere | detail

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Use of funding by organizations for the disabled not being monitored

The Accounting Chamber concludes that the existing procedure for providing financial assistance to civic organizations for people with disabilities requires fundamental changes, through providing it only on a competitive basis and for specific measures | detail

Visits 786

Anger over new language measures in schools growing

Representatives of the Romanian National Cultural Society for the Chernivtsi Region have sent a letter of protest to the country’s leaders over the new language strategy which has been approved as a base by the Cabinet of Ministers, as well as in a Ministry of Education Order | detail

Visits 902

Call for improvements on legislation against discrimination

Among measures prioritized are an anti-discrimination law; the creation of a special anti-discrimination state body and of mechanisms for gathering information about cases of discrimination, the actions of the authorities and assistance provided to victims | detail

Visits 957

The Black Hole of “Ukrainian Anti-Semitism”

I write these words in the last month of 2008 in an attempt to pull the issue of anti-Semitism in Ukraine from the edge of a black hole in which time and space have ceased to exist, and to stop blurring different issues in order to move forward in our time and space | detail

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