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

Court hearing or ploy to keep Lutsenko away from the public view?

Former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko’s lawyers have been informed that their application for Lutsenko’s release on health grounds will be examined in the “courtroom” in the Mensk Prison Colony where Lutsenko is held. | detail

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Relatives report that Lutsenko needs intestinal surgery

Doctors who have examined imprisoned former Interior Minister and opposition leader Yury Lutsenko say that he will need an intestinal operation over the next 6 months. His family insist that this must be at a specialist clinic in Kyiv | detail

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The Fight against drug abuse hits cancer patients

Human rights workers and doctors believe that attempts to control the illicit drug trade are hitting the wrong people, namely people suffering from terminal illnesses who are deprived of urgently needed painkillers. | detail

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State anti-tuberculosis programme adopted

NGOs are sceptical pointing out that previous programmes did not receive more than 40% of the scheduled funding and there is no reason to expect that this programme will be different | detail

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Famous accordion-player remanded for another month

Ihor Zavadsky’s lawyer says that her client is becoming blind while held in custody. Yevhenia Zakrevskaya says that although the police have completed their investigation, neither the accused nor his defence have been given the file material. | detail

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HIV/AIDS patients could lose out through dodgy Health Ministry tender

A number of organizations have addressed an open letter to Minister of Health Raisa Bohatyryova explaining why the overpricing by the winning bidder will effectively deprive around 20 thousand people of a full year’s treatment | detail

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Ukraine’s “psycho-neurological institutions” – out of sight, out of mind …

Andriy Chernousov has written a shocking analysis of the situation with Ukraine’s so-called “psycho-neurological institutions” for people with serious psychological disorders usually making them unable to cope by themselves. There are 151 such institutions in Ukraine with their residents forgotten and helpless | detail

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Too high a price for football

Ukraine has no facility for lifesaving bone marrow transplants for children. Nor will it in the foreseeable future for a brutally simple reason: the government has channelled money into the Euro 2010 football championship | detail

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Scepticism over new rules for prisoners’ healthcare

Ukrainian prisoners may now choose their doctor and be examined outside a penal colony. Analysts are sceptical about the efficiency of this new innovation from the Justice Ministry. | detail

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Government cuts funding for children’s medical care in favour of football

Statement in protest over the Cabinet of Ministers’ decision to transfer 200 million UAH envisaged for the construction of diagnosis and treatment complex within the Oxkhmatdyt Children’s Hospital for spending on Euro 2012 | detail

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Ihor Zavadsky remains in custody despite health concerns and doubts about the case

As reported the case of Ihor Zavadsky, a prize-winning accordion-player has given rise to sensational headlines, but also concern. He has now been remanded in custody for another 4 month | detail

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Conflicting views on new Constitutional Assembly

The “Constitutinal Assembly”, a consultative-advisory body under the President which is supposed to prepare amendments to the Constitution, has no members of the opposition who assert that the Assembly is a front for carrying out what the President wants | detail

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Forensic experts confirm Tymoshenko has two bruises

Ms Tymoshenko alleges that she was beaten when taken by force to a Kharkiv hospital. A forensic expert on Thursday confirmed that she has two bruises on her body, but was unable as yet to explain their origin. | detail

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Yulia Tymoshenko to undergo treatment under German doctors’ supervision

German doctors travelled to Ukraine on Friday to examine fthe former Prime Minister who has been on hunger strike since 22 April after allegedly being beaten | detail

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PACE President: Situation with Tymoshenko must have consequences

Jean-Claude Mignon has said that the situation over the alleged beating in the prison colony of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko cannot be left without repercussions. Mignon said that the excuses given by Ukraine’s representatives did not convince anybody | detail

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Medical reform harmful to both doctors and patients

Yevhen Zakharov writes that the government began the first stage of medical reforms with a pilot scheme in the Vinnytsa, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk regions and in Kyiv and joins colleagues in slamming the inept and potentially disastrous changes | detail

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Ukraine asks German doctors to treat Tymoshenko

In the light of Ms Tymoshenko’s hunger strike following apparen ill-treatment, European Union Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele has stated that the treatment of Tymoshenko is a "stain" on Ukraine’s record. | detail

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Ivashchenko moved without explanation to prison cell

The three most prominent former government officials sentenced to widely criticised prison terms have now all been returned to prison. Their medical treatment coincided with the European Court of Human Rights’ Public Hearing in the case of Lutsenko v. Ukraine on 17 April. | detail

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Measures planned to radically increase organ transplants

The Ukrainian government is planning to make organ removal from those who have died for transplant purposes mandatory. Experts advise against haste and say comprehensive discussion is needed to avoid abuse. | detail

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Lutsenko returned to prison

Irina Lutsenko, wife of imprisoned former Interior Minister and opposition politician, asserts that her husband’s two weeks of treatment in hospital ended as soon as the European Court of Human Rights public hearing in his case was over (on Tuesday) and the international experts left Ukraine | detail

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