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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 49
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 1131
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 1117
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 362
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 1417
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 630
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 1689
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 334
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 312
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 452
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 2365
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 521
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 551
11.08.2017

Rehabilitation Package of Reforms slams discriminatory bills on NGO public reporting

The draft laws proposed "contain a number of provisions that contradict national and international legislation, are discriminatory and consequently should be withdrawn" | detail

Visits 584
14.07.2017

Ukraine is breaching international standards with new laws regarding NGOs

Protest is mounting in Ukraine over two draft bills which would impose discriminatory and excessive demands on NGOs receiving international grants. Prominent human rights activists believe them to be in clear violation of international standards on freedom of association. | detail

Visits 4992
11.07.2017

Ukraine: From targeting anti-corruption NGOs to "a witch hunt on all civic activists"?

While President Poroshenko’s planned cancellation of the requirement for anti-corruption NGOs to fill out e-declarations has been welcomed, alarm has been expressed at proposed amendments to the Tax Code, These would affect all NGOs receiving foreign or state funding, but not supposedly non-profit-making organizations created by political parties or business concerns. | detail

Visits 2163
30.06.2017

Ukraine’s Least Sexy Reform Is Transforming Villages with New Roads, Police, and Even a Telescope

It used to be dark, and children had to jump from stone to stone to get to school. Now, the roads are smooth and brightly lit. Water flows from the mountains by gravity, and thus is free of charge and available to everyone. This is what the residents of southwestern Ukraine’s Poliana village say decentralization has done for them. | detail

Visits 1072
20.06.2017

What Will Ukraine’s Next Big Reform Be?

Luckily, pension reform—unlike land and healthcare reform—has few vested stakes, and it has a good chance of passing | detail

Visits 1102
26.05.2017

Transparency International urges the Prosecutor General to take constructive criticism less emotionally

The Prosecutor General of Ukraine and his press office used accusations towards international organizations in response to the critical statement of the anti-corruption network Transparency International concerning the apparent lack of progress in the anti-corruption investigation against the grand corrupts officials of the former regime. | detail

Visits 1450
25.05.2017

The Reform Story Isn’t Over in Kyiv

In the West, many people are ready to write off Ukraine. They wrongly believe that Ukraine’s reforms are stagnating, corruption is widespread, and the country is at war. But Ukraine’s reforms are definitely not done. | detail

Visits 772
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