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

Removing language barriers for national minorities

Following appeals from national minorities, the Minister of Education has made the first moves to ensuring that university entrance exams are in the applicants’ language | detail

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Disturbing rise in anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Zhytomyr

Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi Azriel Khaikin has addressed a letter to main government bodies with regard to constant incidents involving anti-Semitism in Zhytomyr | detail

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Internet legal consultations in Ivano-Frankivsk for people living with HIV

As well as providing legal advice and help with applications etc, lawyers will also be accompanying people in court proceedings over cases of discrimination and other infringements of their rights | detail

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Court passes sentence over desecration of graves at a Jewish cemetery

Two of those convicted face 2 years imprisonment for desecrating graves and the Memorial to the Victims of Nazism in Odessa | detail

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International wheelchair marathon reaches Poltava

The “Marathon Commonwealth” is a demonstration of courage and strength of will, the triumph of the human spirit over any adversity. It is the ardent longing of people with limited opportunities to see a WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS and without barriers. | detail

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Construction of schools for HIV-infected children going nowhere

And this means that the children are also going nowhere since they are prevented from attending normal kindergartens or schools | detail

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Outrage over Minister of Education’s attitude to children with HIV

In the last few days the Minister of Education spoke out in a recent television interview in favour of children with HIV NOT attending school together with other children. | detail

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Children with special needs in Rivne receive a new building

The special feature of the Rivne regional Social Adaptation Centre for Children with Special Needs “Pahinets” is its integrated nature: children with special needs study in groups with other children | detail

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Lviv to become barrier free

Lviv City Council’s Executive Council will no longer give the go-ahead for any building designs which are not adapted for people with disabilities. It will also adopt measures for making public transport accessible and creating parking places for the disabled | detail

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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities presented in Kyiv

Valery Sushkevych, Head of the Ukrainian National Assembly of People with Disabilities is not optimistic about immediate prospects for Ukraine’s ratification of the Convention, and points to problems with legislation in Ukraine consistently not being applied | detail

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The anti-Semites lost, like in 1945

MAUP’s latest court flop came on the eve of Victory Day. The institute had filed a suit demanding that members of the Ukrainian intelligentsia retract their statement that fringe elements linked with MAUP were trying to present to the world an image, long debunked, of Ukraine as a hotbed of xenophobia. A Kyiv court found no grounds for allowing the claim. | detail

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Conclusions from a roundtable on defending the rights of people with special needs in the Chernivtsi region

After presenting the results of six months monitoring of the press with regard to their coverage of the difficulties experienced by people with special needs, problems of mobility, treatment by the authorities and the attitude of members of the public to people with disabilities were discussed | detail

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See me as equal!

In Simferopol on Saturday more than 300 adults and children with disabilities took part in a march – demonstration under the banner “See me as equal!”. The event was aimed at drawing the public’s attention to the problems people with disabilities face and to develop a positive attitude to those with limited possibilities | detail

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The Ukrainian Society for the Blind says that people with impaired vision cannot receive quality information

Despite advances in technology, with special programs available in other countries, Ukraine continues to have material for people with impaired vision using obsolete technology | detail

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Children’s homes must not be the only possible form of rehabilitation for children with disabilities

“All different – all equal” – this is the credo of the “Coalition to defend the rights of the disabled and people with learning difficulties”. Unfortunately this credo is seldom reflected in Ukrainian legislation, and many children with disabilities and their parents are left to deal with their problems alone | detail

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KHGP to investigate possible harassment of foreign students in Kharkiv

The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group has received complaints from foreign students in Kharkiv saying that in the last 6 months there has been a significant increase in aggression towards them. The students are unfortunately often frightened to approach the police | detail

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No ethnic enmity in Ukraine, but conflict continues

While a lawyer from All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress believes that everyday anti-Semitism is not a problem, she believes it would be too early to rest easy, especially given the difficulties the Congress has in proving the xenophobic nature of one academy’s regular publications | detail

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Ukrainian website for people with disabilities

The site’s creators hope to inform visitors about the everyday life of people with special needs and the problems they encounter | detail

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Human rights consolidation program “East – West” for women with special needs

A recent seminar in Chernivtsi addressed ways of protecting the rights of those with disabilities in Chernivtsi and the region | detail

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The most corrupt sectors in Ukraine

News also of a new initiative on fighting corruption | detail

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