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

The reasons for the political crisis and the threat it poses to society

We publish an address given by human rights defender Nikolay Kozyrev to the Civic Regional Assembly Forum in Luhansk on 23 June | detail

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Unemployment has doubled

This is according to new ILO methods of ascertaining real unemployment, however some specialists believe the figure to be unrealistically low due to specific features being left out of the estimates | detail

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World Bank predicts Ukraine could lose a quarter of its population

Specialists consider that the situation will not be improved so much by encouraging people to have more children, but rather through the creation of enough jobs, and also urgent reforms in healthcare, education, pensions, etc. | detail

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Transcarpathians most ready to fight corruption

A recent survey into attitudes to corruption, most of the over 10 thousand people surveyed saw the way to fight corruption being to remove Deputy immunity and increase criminal liability for bribe-taking | detail

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“After “Bommer”, you’ll be selling libraries and universities”

A call to protect one of Kharkiv’s remaining cinemas and cultural centres | detail

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Indebtedness against wages in the Ternopil region stands at 20.4 million UH

10.3 million UH are effectively hopeless debts to employees at remaining agricultural enterprises. | detail

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One of the reasons for labour migration in Bukovyna may be the prevalence of domestic violence

In largely Romanian-speaking areas of the Chernivtsi region a fourth of the children have at least one parent, most often their mother, working abroad. | detail

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Ukraine trailing the 2007 International Property Rights Index

The fact that men and women have equal rights in this area must be viewed in the light of the fairly miserable ratings for the protection of any property rights | detail

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So have they finally listened?

The conflict over unpaid wages which has led to miners barricading themselves in the “Krasnopilska” Mine may have been resolved, though the miners have heard promises too many times | detail

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Miners striking in the “Krasnopilska” Mine have been joined by female colleagues

They took this step in protest at the inaction of the local authorities in paying them the wages owed for ten months work | detail

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A long and squalid wrangle over Artist Union’s property

With property rights weakly protected in Ukraine, there are all too many conflicts between the authorities and individuals, civic organizations, creative unions, etc. These can be won, but perseverance is needed | detail

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No need to cancel wedding plans if you refuse to undergo a voluntary medical examination

Concern had been expressed by many members of the public, as well as human rights organizations, that while undoubtedly those planning to have children should undergo such check ups, any mandatory examination would violate people’s rights. | detail

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In the 2007 Index of Economic Freedom Ukraine drops 15 places

"Corruption is a major problem throughout the civil service, particularly for a European nation, and the bureaucracy’s inefficiency makes many commercial operations difficult.” | detail

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Church calls on authorities to ratify international conventions protecting migrant workers

A member of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s “Justice and Peace” Commission stressed that it was vital to pay attention to the factors contributing to migration from Ukraine, these including corruption, bureaucracy, unemployment and poverty | detail

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The President ignores UHHRU call to veto law jeopardizing property rights

The reconstruction of residential areas (micro-districts) from the obsolete housing fund is to take place. Whether individuals’ property rights may be violated has proven a secondary consideration | detail

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6 thousand miners on strike in Donetsk

While the outstanding wages have been paid, the miners have other demands including independent status and the restoration of subsidies withdrawn in December | detail

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UHHRU call for the President’s veto on a law which could endanger property rights

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union is convinced that the law fails to provide sufficient guarantees for citizens’ rights to property and housing, and that it also has a number of shortcomings which will make it difficult to apply | detail

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Long road to justice

Two women, helped by the Kherson regional branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine, have achieved victory in the European Court of Human Rights. The author points out how very frustrating it is that it was necessary to call in international arbiters to prove that a person must be paid for his or her work. | detail

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Nearly half a million children work In Ukraine

More than 456 thousand children in Ukraine are working, mainly in the illegal sectors of the economy. This is firstly in begging, but also pornography and sexual exploitation. | detail

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Internet Association calls for a veto on changes to the law on telecommunications

It considers that by reducing the list of generally available services, including fixed telephone inter-city and international connections, which are subject to state regulation, the law will narrow the rights of those on low incomes or with special social needs | detail

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