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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Maximum integration of children with special needs in the Lviv region

The Lviv Regional Council, the Lviv City Council and the All-Ukrainian Foundation “Step by Step” have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on plans for inclusive education in pre-school and school institutions in Lviv and the Lviv region | detail

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«Dobrochyn» Centre protests suspended sentence for convicted paedophile

The civic organization, representing the victim and her family, as well as the Prosecutor, are appalled by the effective reduction of the charges and are calling for a stiff sentence | detail

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Children’s Ombudsperson vital

Back in 2002 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recommended that Ukraine establish the institution of Ombudsperson for Children or a special section on the rights of the chid which would react to complaints and appeals from children | detail

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Draft law on Ombudsperson for Children obstructed

The Committee on the Family and Youth Policy, Sport and Tourism is recommending that parliament reject the draft law since they believe that the Constitution does not envisage the possibility of creating such an institution | detail

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Call for Ukraine to create an institution to protect the rights of the child

The role of the Human Rights Ombudsperson does not envisage regular monitoring and assessment of the implementation of the Convention, and does not have mechanisms for responding to complaints regarding violations of children’s rights | detail

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Studying together

The first project for inclusive education has been launched in Ukraine. This will enable children with special needs to study together with other children | detail

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Parents to face stiffer penalties for offences against their children

Psychologists and the heads of juvenile corrective institutions say that it is most often lack of attention and care that leads to young people ending up behind bars | detail

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Inclusive education: a new chance for children with disabilities in the Lviv region

A new project has been launched in the Lviv region to enable children with disabilities to study in ordinary educational institutions. The project is supported by the Canadian International Development Agency | detail

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Supreme Court agrees with UHHRU lawyer on child maintenance

Your former husband is living from dividends yet paying 100 UAH (around 20 USD) in maintenance for his child. Not fair and Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union lawyer Oleksy Kinebas set out to change court practice on this. What is more, he succeeded | detail

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“Stop violence!” Campaign begins in Ukraine

The campaign will involve drawing up and implementing specific measures to prevent and fight violence in the family, raise awareness of the problem | detail

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Ukraine provides easy prey for paedophiles

Law enforcement agencies say that they identify cases involving sexual abuse of children and young people virtually everyday, however proving the crime and getting the perpetrators behind bars are difficult because of failings in legislation | detail

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They listened

The Prosecutor General has acknowledged infringements over the investigation into how 9-year-year Ivan Keivan was able to simply run after his ball onto the territory of a power transformer plant, which led to horrific burns and four years struggle by his family for a full investigation and assistance with medical costs | detail

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