Open Appeal over the lawless actions of the Kharkiv authorities and Police

It is vital that we demonstrate to the crushing of peaceful protest in Gorky Park has no justification in a democratic country and that such actions must not go unpunished. Please add your voice to our appeal to the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner | detail

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Four court verdicts regarding Gorky Park tree defenders

The fact that all four are different is indicative of the grotesque absurdity of a situation where police escort thugs who beat up peaceful protesters, while the police see fit to detain only the protesters | detail

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UHHRU: The Police are carrying out unlawful instructions

Recent events with the crushing of civic protest in Kharkiv demonstrate a serious worsening in the country’s human rights situation. They arouse great concern due to the wide-scale nature of unlawful actions by the local authorities and police which risk going unpunished | detail

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Today it’s them, tomorrow – you

The author asks his journalist colleagues whether they can be sure, ignoring major events like the crushing of civic protest in Kharkiv’s Gorky Park whether others will not be as silent when it is their turn to defend their rights | detail

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Night Attack on Defenders of Gorky Park in Kharkiv

Despite clear indications from the Environment Ministry that the tree-felling is illegal, in the early hours of this morning, thugs were brought in to assault activists defending the trees. The last trees were cut down, their defenders driven away with force while the police did nothing to protect those under attack, and even detained some of them | detail

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Kharkiv public expose the authorities’ fabrication regarding the road through Gorky Park

The most crucial piece of information is that the road is not, as claimed, marked out on the General Plan of the City up till 2026, | detail

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No Ministry permit for felling of trees in Gorky Park

The Ministry for Environmental Protection has confirmed that the Kharkiv authorities have been misleading the public and that the felling of trees to make way for a road and hotel complex is totally illegal. | detail

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Kharkiv Environmental Inspectorate to check legality of tree felling

The Kharkiv Regional Environmental Inspectorate has told journalists that it is carrying out a check to determine whether environmental legislation has been observed during the feeling of trees to make way for a road through Gorky Park | detail

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Lawless start to Euro-2012 (updated)

Wanton destruction of century-old trees in Kharkiv’s Gorky Park and lawless violence apparently countenanced by both the city authorities and the police have outraged environmental, human rights and media organizations. Leading environmental groups have called on UEFA to exclude Kharkiv from the cities hosting Euro-2012. Football is quite simply not worth the price | detail

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Kharkiv: Save our Gorky Park!

In an open appeal addressed to the President, the Head of the environmental NGO “Pechenihy” explains that for over a week Kharkiv residents have been defending their Park from their own City Council, with the world following the events | detail

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Tree-felling and detention of those defending the trees in Kharkiv’s Gorky Park

Attempts by Kharkiv residents to protect the trees have been met with overt violence from the police, the tree-fellers and unidentified “municipal security” men. In all of this Ministry of Internal Affairs officers have failed to intervene and have calmly watched as young people, protesting against unlawful actions, are beaten. | detail

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UHHRU expresses concern over events in Kharkiv and treatment of protesters

Not only is the tree-felling unlawful and in breach of the Aarhus Convention and Ukrainian legislation, but it has also been accompanied by acts of violence either by employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs or with no reaction from the police | detail

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Environmentalists call on UEFA to stop violations in Kharkiv “for the sake of EURO-2012”

What is needed for EURO 2012? At present four people have been unwarrantedly detained, four beaten badly and hospitalized, two injured by the excavator. As of Friday morning, EIGHT peaceful demonstrators have been detained and taken to a police station. | detail

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Solidarity Protest in Kyiv over police behaviour during the protest over tree-felling in Kharkiv

The protest is aimed at forcing the leadership of the Ministry to react to unlawful actions by the Kharkiv police who clearly exceeded their powers and violated human rights | detail

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Statement over treatment of Kharkiv journalists during the protest on 27 May

Members of the media were not only prevented from carrying out their professional duties, but for the first time in recent years physical force was applied against journalists and cameramen. | detail

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Demonstrators defending Kharkiv park’s trees assaulted

The attack lasted around 30 minutes, after which police officers, called by the demonstrators, appeared. The assailants did not succeed in breaking through the cordon | detail

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Stop Running Down the Ministry for Environmental Protection!

Environmental groups have issued an appeal expressing concern that the constant change of leadership and staffing policy of the Ministry, not based on professional considerations, place in doubt the ability of the Ministry for Environmental Protection to carry out effective and legislatively productive functions | detail

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Defence of Kharkiv’s Gorky Park: continues

Aleksei Vedmidsky on behalf of the environmental NGO Pechenihy has managed to convey a statement from the Park where he and around a hundred other people are trying to stop the barbaric and probably unlawful destruction of a huge number of trees | detail

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Kharkiv citizens stand up to police and bulldozers

In Kharkiv’s Gorky Park throughout the night and into Tuesday, protesters stood guard trying to prevent further felling of trees in the park | detail

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How can you have a non-transparent National Environmental Policy?

Seven leading Ukrainian environmental organizations have addressed an open letter to the Prime Minister and EU Representative Office in Ukraine expressing serious concern over the lack of transparency and cooperation by the new management of the Ministry of the Environment | detail

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