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

Leaders accused of neglecting Chernobyl legacy

Ex-Soviet governments are failing to protect their people from the deadly legacy of the Chernobyl disaster, former cleanup workers and environmental groups charged Monday on the eve of ceremonies commemorating the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident | detail

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Real improvement n Ukraine’s Drug Police or another Show?

The newly created State Drug Control Service may, in breach of present legislation, receive powers reserved for law enforcement bodies which will render meaningless any positive changes in State drug policy | detail

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What medical care do Ukrainians have from their taxes?

Ukraine retains the old Soviet system with funding calculated per patient bed. How many patients are taken per year, what kind of quality of health care they receive is not the issue | detail

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When the criminal investigation is tantamount to torture

Holding 70-year-old Anatoly Temchenko who is in very poor health in a SIZO [pre-trial detention centre] cannot be described as anything less than torture, human rights activist, Andriy Didenko says | detail

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Each crime which goes unpunished is a sentence against soceity itself

Victoria Shcherbyna lost her baby and will never walk again after an accident caused by a public official who was speeding. He got off without serving a prison sentence and has never paid any compensation, while she is forced to exist on a pittance | detail

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HRW: On Police Harassment of Drug Dependence Patients, Providers, and Organizations

Human Rights Watch has written to President Yanukovych expressing its concern over ongoing harassment by state prosecutors and law enforcement targeting substance abuse treatment patients, care providers, and HIV organizations | detail

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Police infringement of the right to privacy of replacement therapy patients

The instruction sent out by the Ministry of Internal Affairs on obtaining information about people receiving replacement therapy is in serious breach of the Ukrainian Constitution and legislation | detail

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AI Urgent Action: Trade union activist still facing examination

Andrei Bondarenko has no record of mental illness and has undergone three voluntary psychiatric examinations to assess his mental health, the most recent of which was in October 2010 | detail

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TORO: Ukrainian enforcement bodies are undermining democracy

TORO, Transparency International’s National Contact in Ukraine, has strongly condemned the approach of the law enforcement bodies in their “planned” inspection of the All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH | detail

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Appeal against State interference in anti-AIDS/HIV programmes

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine and the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV have issued an open appeal to the President over measures which are disrupting efforts to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic, violating patients’ rights and seriously undermining the country’s reputation in the world | detail

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The Death in a Psychiatric Home they couldn’t hush up

43-year-old patient of the Novosavytsky Psychiatric Home, Yury Vovchenko, died during the night of 11 August, . He was buried, on the instructions of the orderlies, before morning, but the body was then exhumed | detail

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Violations of Human Rights in Ukraine’s psychiatric homes

According to Tetyana Yablonska from the Ukrainian-American Human Rights Bureau, the Ukrainian psychiatric system remains punitive as in Soviet times. People continue being injected with prohibited medication. There are also people who could cope outside special institutions | detail

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Medical treatment of parliamentarians 120 times more than spent on treating tuberculosis patients

The entire allocation under “Measures for overcoming the tuberculosis and AIDS epidemics” comes to around 150 thousand UAH. That is, 19 million spent on treatment of VIP patients is 127 annual budgets for treating tuberculosis | detail

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Cabinet of Ministers evicts HIV/AIDS Clinic

Human rights groups believe that this is at the wish of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate [UOC MP] which controls Pecherska Lavra, and are planning a “lie-down” protest outside the Cabinet of Ministers | detail

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Another old criminal case resurrected against human rights activist

The Head of the Crimean branch of YUZER – the Ukrainian Organization for the Disabled and Users of Psychiatric Care, Andrei Fedosov, has been detained by police officers in the Vinnytsa region | detail

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Rights violations in Crimean psychiatric institutions

Human Rights Watch has addressed a letter to the Prosecutor General expressing concern over threats to A. Fedosov, a disability activist apparently connected with his efforts to highlight the conditions in Crimean psychiatric institutions | detail

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Ukrainian SIZO – incurable problems?

In Ukrainian remand units or SIZO, people are falling ill and dying for want of medical assistance, human rights activists and lawyers warn | detail

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Highest statistics for tuberculosis in East and South of Ukraine

According to official statistics, last year 31,807 Ukrainians contracted the disease, this being 7% less than the previous year, and 12% less than the worst year – 2005 | detail

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Vaccinations only with parents’ consent: has anything changed?

The problem has up till now been, and is likely to remain, the fact that if parents do not give consent, the child cannot remain in the school | detail

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UN in Ukraine Press-Conference to mark World AIDS Day 2009

Actual government allocations for AIDS in 2009 in Ukraine fell 40% short of the amount named for 2009 in the State AIDS Programme, adopted as law by the Parliament earlier this year | detail

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