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20.04.2018

Why Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Drive Is Failing

After the victory of the Euromaidan, the demand for combating corruption drastically increased, and new institutions were established to fight high-level corruption. However, there is an ongoing conflict between two of the newly established agencies that greatly diminishes their ability to fight corruption | detail

Visits 28
11.04.2018

Ukraine washes its hands of civilian victims of Russian-sponsored war in Donbas

Legislation naming Russia as aggressor and stipulating its full liability for the death and suffering inflicted on Donbas may seem an important affirmation of truth amid all the lies and propaganda.  It will not help the thousands of Ukrainians whose lives have been devastated and who need assistance now.  | detail

Visits 878
20.03.2018

Ukraine Should Remove "Stringent" Disclosure Law on Civil Society

Civil society in Ukraine and the international community must continue to emphasize that the current law and the pending legislation could directly undermine freedom of association and ultimately Ukrainian democracy. | detail

Visits 237
14.02.2018

‘Provocateur’ used in prosecution of prominent Ukrainian anti-corruption activist?

Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko has acknowledged that blogger Vsevolod Filimonenko is a ‘provocateur’, yet rejects any suggestion that the prosecution of Vitaliy Shabunin over an incident involving Filimonenko constitutes persecution of Shabunin, a well-known anti-corruption activist.  His view was not shared from the outset by many civic and media organizations in Ukraine and western observers, and the first court hearing on February 9 only heightened deep scepticism over this prosecution. | detail

Visits 503
09.02.2018

Ukrainians get no compensation for destroyed homes in Russia-backed Donbas ’republics’

Through the so-called ‘reintegration law’ recently adopted, Ukraine’s leaders have effectively distanced themselves from the urgent need to compensate people in Donbas whose homes have been destroyed.  Russia may well bear full moral and financial liability for the devastation caused in Donbas, and the fact that so many Crimeans were forced to leave their homes, but the chances of forcing it to provide compensation are next to nil, and Ukrainian citizens need help now. | detail

Visits 744
08.02.2018

Poroshenko accused of creating a weapon against critical NGOs, like in Russia & Kazakhstan

Ukrainian civic activists have expressed anger over public claims made by the President’s spokesperson that two contentious bills imposing extensive reporting requirements on NGOs, though not, for example, political parties, have been agreed with civic organizations | detail

Visits 595
24.01.2018

Fake defence of ‘journalist’ used for politically motivated charges against Ukrainian anti-corruption activist

Ukrainian media watchdogs and human rights NGOs have reacted with anger to the new charge laid against anti-corruption activist Vitaly Shabunin. They accuse the authorities of using legislation intended to protect journalists’ rights against those who get in their way, while failing to properly investigate real cases of violence against or obstruction of journalists.   | detail

Visits 1016
22.01.2018

Why Poroshenko’s Anti-Corruption Court Is a Sham Proposal

Ukrainians want corrupt public officials to go to jail. It didn’t happen in 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017. | detail

Visits 341
05.01.2018

President’s anti-corruption court law condemned as enabling appointment of ‘favoured’ judges

Ukraine’s main anti-corruption NGOs have given a damning assessment of President Petro Poroshenko’s draft Law on a High Anti-Corruption Court and called for its withdrawal and reworking to take the Council of Europe Venice Commission’s recommendations into account. | detail

Visits 1326
03.01.2018

Ominous attempt to prosecute Ukrainian miners for a protest over pay & conditions

94 miners from the Ingulska uranium mine (Kirovohrad oblast) have been taken to court by the mine administration after they stayed underground at the end of their shift in protest over pay and conditions. The men themselves, and the Ukrainian Independent Trade Union of Mineworkers (NGPU) believe that the move is aimed at crushing those willing to speak out now and frightening others from trying such protests in the future. | detail

Visits 1256
03.01.2018

Nine Things Ukraine Should Do in 2018

As Ukraine enters 2018, a year which precedes the presidential and parliamentary elections, it is important to examine the results of 2017 and identify the areas where the international community can help Ukraine’s reformers secure tangible progress. We have identified nine priority areas. | detail

Visits 483
12.12.2017

Second eyebrow-raising acquittal on corruption charges for former Ukrainian Tax Academy Head

A court in the Kyiv oblast has acquitted Petro Melnyk, the former Head of Ukraine’s National Tax Service University, finding “no proof of a crime” in Melnyk’s sale of four buildings belonging to the university to a company founded by his wife, son and father-in-law.  This is the second time that Melnyk has been acquitted on separate corruption charges, though the first acquittal was later revoked by another court. | detail

Visits 1521
08.12.2017

Ukrainian Reform Activists Derail Effort To ’Destroy’ Anticorruption Body

Ukrainian activists and reformist lawmakers worked tirelessly overnight to remove a bill from parliamentary consideration that they say would "destroy"the country’s only independent investigative body by dismissing its chief. | detail

Visits 717
07.12.2017

New law proposing to give politicians control over anti-corruption agencies withdrawn after protest?

A bill just tabled in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada but hopefully withdrawn after international outrage proposed to allow parliament to dismiss the heads of independent anti-corruption agencies, whose scope includes investigating corruption by those same politicians.  | detail

Visits 1815
01.12.2017

Lack of jobs, money for rent, add to woes in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine, says UN agency

According to a survey conducted by the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM), about 70 per cent of the returnees said that they were going back to their homes because they do not have to pay rent there as have to elsewhere | detail

Visits 394
03.11.2017

Pragmatism Prevails over Populism in Ukraine

Successful politics is about getting things done. By that standard, October was a successful month. Not only did the government pass sweeping healthcare reform, pension reform, and judiciary reform, it also staved off populist protests. In short, pragmatism prevailed over populism. | detail

Visits 388
09.10.2017

Ukrainian Activists Celebrate Anticorruption Court ’Victory,’ But Cry Foul Over New Judicial-Reform Bill

While activists in Ukraine have welcomed news that Petro Poroshenko conceded to their demand to create an anticorruption court on October 4, their enthusiasm was curbed knowing that legislation that could hinder corruption investigations is awaiting the president’s signature. | detail

Visits 535
08.09.2017

Human rights groups warn of dangerous legislative offensive against NGOs in Ukraine

A coalition of major Ukrainian human rights organizations has added its voice to demands that Ukraine’s government put an end to the mounting attack on non-governmental organization | detail

Visits 2436
05.09.2017

How to Finish the Revolution in Ukraine

More than three years after the Euromaidan, Ukraine still hasn’t successfully prosecuted any high-level crooks, and we’ve got plenty here. | detail

Visits 591
14.08.2017

Road To Dispossession: Locals Pushed Aside For The Trans-Crimea Highway

People in Kerch and other locations along the planned highway route are already feeling the pain of dislocation. | detail

Visits 616
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