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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
01.08.2009

Go whither I know not – and ban it all

You’d have thought there was nothing easier. Child pornography is a crime. Almost a feat to so muddle it: they’re penalizing the wrong people, goodness knows for what, and children remain unprotected. | detail

Visits 2837
15.07.2009

Children’s Human Rights Centre Network gaining momentum

Its coordinating centre – the civic youth organization M.ART IN-club names among the violations which lead people to turn to them infringements of children’s property rights and requests for help in cases involving adoption, care or tutelage | detail

Visits 841
01.07.2009

President ignores call to veto law on pornography

President Yushchenko has signed the law “On amendments to Article 301 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code” which introduces criminal liability for possession of pornographic material. in order to sell or circulate it | detail

Visits 2112
30.06.2009

Fears of a rise in exploitation of minors

Human rights specialists believe that the problems of slave labour, as well as labour and sexual exploitation of minors will become particularly acute this summer due to the economic crisis. | detail

Visits 3002
24.06.2009

Persistently upholding freedom of speech

The Karas Gallery and UHHRU have initiated a protest initiative “Uporno” [“Persistently”] aimed at convincing the President to veto the law criminalizing possession of pornography | detail

Visits 2147
22.06.2009

Call to veto inept amendments and properly protect children’s rights

Human rights defenders, journalists, writers, artists and many others are calling on the President to veto the recently passed Law | detail

Visits 2370
22.06.2009

La-Strada-Ukraine: honour Ukraine’s commitments on protecting children

“La Strada – Ukraine” has issued a statement following the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of amendments to the Criminal Code imposing criminal liability for possession of works, images or other items of a pornographic nature | detail

Visits 2083
12.06.2009

Criminal liability introduced for possession of pornography

The amendment – introducing liability where possession is in order to sell or circulate material - changes little and in itself will do little to combat child pornography which was supposedly its aim | detail

Visits 2031
02.06.2009

94.2% of Ukrainians support penalties for possession and use of child pornography

Clear definition of child pornography is needed, as well as stricter measures against those who use, make or drag children into producing child pornography | detail

Visits 2342
29.04.2009

Ukraine signs European Convention on the Adoption of Children

On 28 April Ukraine signed this Convention which ensures that national law on the protection of children applies not only to adoptions of children from the Parties but also to those of children from other States | detail

Visits 965
07.04.2009

La Strada – Ukraine angered over anti-children advertising

Within a day of publication of the following statement, the company involved has, at least verbally, promised to remove the offending advertisement | detail

Visits 1122
19.03.2009

The Power of Parental Love

Two nine-year-old twins with cerebral palsy whose parents were advised to abandon them at birth have recently won an award for their poems. An incredibly moving story with a possible way of helping if you were able to | detail

Visits 1502
16.03.2009

Children should be able to apply to the UN for assistance

Civic organizations in Ukraine are hoping that the country will take part in drawing up a special UN Protocol on appeals from children to the UN Committee. A request to this effect has already been sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs | detail

Visits 1420
12.03.2009

Ukraine vs. Children: Whose side is the court on?

Ukraine’s laws do not help children to resolve their problems via the courts. Quite the contrary: the courts simply multiply these problems, deeply traumatizing children who are already in a difficult situation | detail

Visits 2703
24.02.2009

Parliamentarians defend private religious school in Donetsk

The school “Rostok”, which was founded and is maintained by the Ukrainian Christian Evangelical Church, is for the second year running encountering obstacles from the authorities | detail

Visits 1280
16.02.2009

Just Deserts?

Justice? Where are we heading? This was the sign on one of the banners unfurled outside the Chernihiv Regional Court of Appeal by protesters angered by the suspended sentence handed down to a convicted paedophile. | detail

Visits 1140
11.02.2009

Idea to privatize Kyiv schools is a record law breaker

According to specialists from the Centre for Legal Initiatives “Law-Based State”, the idea expressed by Mayor of Kyiv Leonid Chernovetsky is in contravention of the Constitution, three laws and a Constitutional Court Judgment | detail

Visits 1052
10.02.2009

Internet Association plans public monitoring over unacceptable material

Ukraine’s Internet Association [InAU] is planning to launch a web resource on which Internet users can register complaints regarding unacceptable content on the Web, including child pornography and manifestations of racial intolerance | detail

Visits 2105
09.02.2009

Unique Children’s Centre “Raduga” under threat

This centre could be closed if efforts are not taken to stop the latest attempt to evict organizations which by virtue of their vital social role cannot compete with commercial outfits or unconvincing imitations of civic centres | detail

Visits 1082
09.02.2009

Courts not children-friendly

A study carried out by the Civic Initiative Foundation in Kharkiv and Kharkiv regional courts has found little if any effort to accommodate for the needs of children and young people in court | detail

Visits 1574
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