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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
01.03.2012

Kharkiv Chornobyl clean-up workers picket regional prosecutor’s office

Former Chornobyl clean-up workers assert that not only is the prosecutor failing to defend their rights and not ensuring that court rulings are enforced, but is also allowing the police to trump up criminal investigations against members of their movement | detail

Visits 1424
27.02.2012

Fighting Transparency

While the Finance Ministry works to assuage fears that Ukraine could be hurtling towards default, others in power appear more concerned with keeping their dealings well away from public scrutiny or the clutches of the law. | detail

Visits 1931
24.02.2012

Leader of Donetsk Afghan Veterans links search of his home with protest actions

The search came two days after 200 Afghanistan War veterans deliberately snubbed President Yanukovych and other public officials by demonstratively turning their back on them | detail

Visits 1328
22.02.2012

Initiator of Afghan War veterans’ protest “advised” to leave the country

Oleksandr Kovalyov who initiated the memorable protest on 15 February when around 200 Afghanistan War veterans deliberately snubbed President Yanukovych and other public officials by demonstratively turning their back on them alleges that pressure is being placed on him | detail

Visits 1570
20.02.2012

Parliament weakens protection of property rights

By seriously reducing the time limits within which people can apply to the court to have dubious court rulings or contracts revoked, guarantees of people’s rights, especially with regard to ownership, have also been reduced | detail

Visits 2118
16.02.2012

Afghanistan War Veterans turn their back on the President - literally

On 15 February, the 23rd anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet soldiers from Afghanistan, around 200 veterans deliberately snubbed President Yanukovych and other public officials by demonstratively turning their back on them. | detail

Visits 1299
10.02.2012

Donbas Miners: Neither decent working conditions, nor a normal burial

Civic activists believe that the authorities, including the Mayor and Luhansk Regional Governor, Prystyuk are positively hampering any efforts to bring out the bodies of two miners killed in the latest tragedy at an illegal mine. Each body is more "trouble" for them, more undesirable evidence | detail

Visits 1972
08.02.2012

Cold weather deaths shed light on plight of Ukraine’s Homeless

Official statistics put the number of homeless in Ukraine at just 15,000, although civic organizations say the actual figure is closer to 600,000-800,000. | detail

Visits 976
06.02.2012

Black Gold mixed with Blood

The illegal mines in the Donbas region which the authorities pretend have been eradicated or somehow made “legal” continue to claim lives with men often simply left to die when accidents occur | detail

Visits 2532
06.02.2012

Criminal investigation over alleged forged Chornobyl documents declared unlawful

On 3 February 2012 the Kyivsky District Court in Kharkiv overturned the decision to initiate a criminal investigation over alleged forging of documents confirming the status of former Chornobyl clean-up workers | detail

Visits 2019
31.01.2012

Chornobyl clean-up workers protest against CCU judgement on social payments

They call the recent Constitutional Court judgement on social payments a violation of human rights. The Court stated that cases involving social payments can refer not only to Ukraine’s social legislation, but also to Cabinet of Ministers normative acts regulating the amounts of these payments | detail

Visits 1722
26.01.2012

Former Chornobyl clean-up workers resume protest in Kharkiv

On 25 January up to 100 former Chornobyl clean-up workers began an indefinite protest in Kharkiv’s Freedom Square demanding implementation of the Law on the Status and Social Protection of People who suffered as a result of the Chornobyl Disaster. | detail

Visits 1717
26.01.2012

Which public officials receive concessions on luxury homes is classified information

The President’s Administration has refused to provide Ukrainska Pravda with information regarding which residents of the government residential areas “Koncha-Zaspa” and “Pushcha-Volchytsa” receive concessions for communal services | detail

Visits 1471
26.01.2012

Residences of Azarov, Lytvyn and Yushchenko to cost the taxpayer 50 million UAH

Maintenance of the residential areas “Koncha-Zaspa” and “Pushcha-Volchytsa” which contains the residences of Ukrainian public officials will eat up 50 million UAH from the 2012 | detail

Visits 2162
23.01.2012

Government comes up with new form of pressure on Chornobyl clean-up workers.

The Health Ministry wants to introduce new ways of “reviewing” the status of former Chornobyl clean-up workers. There are fears that this will be used against those unwilling to buckle under and abandon their protests | detail

Visits 1671
17.01.2012

Ukraine’s last among European countries with respect to economic freedom

The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom cites "fragile" economic foundations as the main problem in the country speaking of "poor protection of property rights and widespread corruption", weak rule of law while "the judicial system remains susceptible to substantial political interference." | detail

Visits 1062
16.01.2012

President’s Administration calls Yanukovych billboards social advertising

The Administration did not have information about the number of external advertising sites with Yanukovych’s New Year and Christmas greetings “due to the lack of need for this information”. | detail

Visits 1666
10.01.2012

Lviv former Chornobyl clean-up workers resume protests

A warning protest action is planned for 11 January by Lviv former Chornobyl clean-up workers and small business owners. They will be demanding that the authorities keep their promises | detail

Visits 1840
05.01.2012

Chornobyl clean-up workers: reduction of disability status for social protest?

An apparent attempt to forcibly subject active members of the former Chornobyl clean-up workers movement to medical examination, and possibly reduce their disability status, is yet another of the worrying means used against those asserting their rights | detail

Visits 1375
04.01.2012

Can you really achieve nothing by protesting?

The Centre for Society Research has noted some of the victories over recent months achieved by protesters. Some concessions over social payments must however be set against worrying uses of, for example, criminal investigations and the police | detail

Visits 1510
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