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

Wall of Officialdom’s Lies

A “Wall of Lies” has been erected in the centre of Kyiv in the place of a scandal-filled construction site. It will now sport the portraits of officials who are believed to be responsible for unlawful construction work in the city and/or who have not kept their word | детальніше

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Kharkiv authorities open a new front against Gorky Park defenders

A clone has been created of the environmental organization committed to protecting Kharkiv’s green zones. It bears almost the same name, but is clearly designed to enable the authorities to continue destroying the forest park, while discrediting the real organization | детальніше

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Gorky Park defenders beaten and hospitalized

There was an escalation in violence on 2 August at Kharkiv’s Gorky Park where activists are trying to prevent new tree felling which is being carried out without any permits, public discussion etc. Loggers and the so-called “municipal guards” beat up 5 of the Park’s defenders, two of whom received serious injuries | детальніше

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Anger over shelving of important environmental plan

Zeleny Svit [Green World] has issued an open letter to Yanukovych expressing concern at plans to shelve the Nationwide Programme for the Creation of a National Ecological Network in Ukraine for 2000-2015 | детальніше

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Ongoing destruction in Gorky Park

There were attempts again in the morning of 1 August to carry out illegal tree-felling in Kharkiv’s Gorky Park with one of the loggers turning on activists with his saw turned on. And once again, despite the illegality of the destruction, the police are obstructing only the protesters | детальніше

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Gorky Park – and democratic rights – under siege again

Reports are coming in that after the illegal felling of over two thousand trees in Kharkiv’s Gorky Park and brutal suppression of peaceful protest in May and early June 2010, attempts are again underway to destroy more of the Park. Activists trying to protect the trees – and uphold the law - have been detained by police | детальніше

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Aarhus Convention: Ukraine still not complying

The latest Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention has warned Ukraine that if it does not begin implementing the recommendations originally issued in 2005, its special rights and privileges under the Convention will be suspended | детальніше

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Kharkiv Court: Police not obliged to respond to calls for help

On 24 May this year the Kharkiv District Administrative Court rejected a claim filed against the unlawful actions and inaction by the police during the protest in Gorky Park in Kharkiv from late May to early June 2010 | детальніше

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Kyiv residents march against criminal destruction of the capital

On Saturday a march was held for the second time in defence of Kyiv against construction work in the historical area and destruction of architectural places of heritage through such construction | детальніше

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Gorky Park Scandal: One Year on

One year ago in Kharkiv the scandalous construction was initiated of a road through the city’s Gorky Park. Almost two thousand members of the public tried in vain to stop the barbaric destruction of century-old trees. No criminal investigation against the officials involved has been initiated | детальніше

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Two cities say no to new nuclear power plant

Construction of two nuclear reactors at the Khmelnytski Nuclear Power Plant is under discussion in Ukraine. The residents of Khmelnytski and Ostroha have come out categorically against the new reactors | детальніше

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Lviv courts inundated by Chernobyl victims’ civil suits

Victims of the Chernobyl Disaster have become much more active at standing up for their rights in court. However they have to wait years for enforcement of the court rulings | детальніше

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Chornobyl: A Troubled Health Legacy

Twenty five years ago, on 26 April 1986, the powerful explosion that tore through Chornobyl’s nuclear power plant spewed radioactive material across large swathes of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. | детальніше

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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 | детальніше

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Environmentalists ask Europe to not finance nuclear projects in Ukraine

Ukrainian environmentalists believe that European banks should not finance the development of nuclear energy in Ukraine, but instead direct investment at energy saving and energy renewal projects | детальніше

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New tree-felling in Kharkiv’s Gorky Park

Following the scandalous tree felling by the Kharkiv authorities last year which led to the illegal destruction of up to 2 thousand trees and flagrant violations of the right to peaceful assembly and a fair trial, the assurances that this time all will be according to law are difficult to take seriously | детальніше

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Kharkiv environmentalists protest over dangerous new law

Protests have taken place in a last attempt to convince President Yanukovych of the need to veto the Law on Regulation of Urban Construction | детальніше

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No Hunting in Nature Reserves!

The Kyiv Environmental and Cultural Centre is calling on the Verkhovna Rada to reject the draft law on hunting in nature reserves | детальніше

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MIA: It’s their fault for deliberately protesting

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has provided yet another extraordinary response regarding its officers’ activities during the measures taken in Kharkiv to crush peaceful efforts to stop unlawful tree-felling in Gorky Park | детальніше

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Kharkiv authorities concealing criticism from international institutions

The notorious events around the building of a road through Kharkiv’s Gorky Park and violent dispersal of protest against the destruction of century-old trees are to be discussed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe | детальніше

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