Ukraine not ready for commitments under readmission agreement

According to Natalia Dulnyeva from Amnesty International in Ukraine, Ukraine is not prepared for fulfilling its duties under the readmission agreement with the EU which comes into force in 2010 | detail

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Russian journalist with asylum in Ukraine called in for questioning

“The Ukrainian police have, in my view and my lawyer agrees, violated Ukrainian legislation over the fact that Ukraine has already granted me refugee status" | detail

Visits 825

New regulations could pose a threat to asylum seekers

Since 25 August 2009 the State Border Guard Service has introduced spot checks at border passes to ascertain that foreign nationals and stateless persons from a number of countries have sufficient funds to pay for their stay in Ukraine | detail

Visits 1266

Easing of visa restrictions to the EU means introducing biometric passports

In order to contract an agreement on eased visa restrictions with the European Union, Ukraine will have to fulfil a number of requirements including introducing biometric passports | detail

Visits 923

UNHCR expresses concern over Congolese nationals at Kyiv airport

The UN Refugee Agency is urging the Ukrainian authorities to refrain from returning 6 nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo until their need for protection is assessed | detail

Visits 890

“Sources of Tolerance” Children’s Camp

On 9 August over 190 children aged 9-17 from 17 national communities in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova will take part in the opening of the International Inter-ethnic Children’s Camp “Sources of Tolerance” | detail

Visits 1071

Prosecutor General has no idea what confidential information is

In June 2009 Ukraine violated one of the fundamental principles regarding the protection of refugees’ rights, the principle of confidentiality, by passing information contained in refugees’ files to the country of their origin. | detail

Visits 769

Plans to place migration matters under the Ministry of Internal Affairs again halted

Amid this political ping-pong, unfortunately other issues and doubts as to whether the MIA has the skill and will to cope with non-law enforcement aspects of immigration get forgotten | detail

Visits 933

For those who couldn’t return

On calls by supporters of the rightwing party VO “Svoboda” for a return of the“fifth point” regarding nationality and on how a party so capable of harming the country and betraying the memory of all those who had no place to return to can have the gall to call itself nationalist | detail

Visits 2722

Release Igor Koktysh!

Human rights defenders and Igor Koktysh’ Ukrainian wife have called for the Belarusian activist’s immediate release from the SIZO in Simferopol where he has been held for 2 years | detail

Visits 1259

Ukraine – no hospitable place for refugees

An interview given by Maxim Butkevych, coordinator of “Without borders” on the eve of World Refugee Day | detail

Visits 2570

Belarusian activist Igor Koktysh held unlawfully in Ukraine for 2 years

There is a serious threat of his being returned to a country where he could face further torture to beat out a confession to a crime a court has already found him not guilty of. | detail

Visits 1204

UHHRU Appeal over the latest violation of refugee rights

Documents received recently indicate that in July 2008 Ukraine violated one of the fundamental principles regarding the protection of refugees’ rights, the principle of confidentiality, by passing information contained in refugees’ files to the country of their origin | detail

Visits 1511

Is Ukraine planning to extradite its own citizen?

Don’t go with your internal passport and don’t come back for one! Ukrainian national Viktor Kardash has run into a bizarre situation with potentially serious consequences | detail

Visits 1623

Georgian film director held as illegal immigrant threatens hunger strike

A huge number of question marks in this strange story, which has left David Kuridze in some kind of strange never-never land in the Chernihiv regional temporary holding facilities for foreign nationals | detail

Visits 1453

Isolated few receive asylum in Ukraine

Civic organizations dealing with refugee issues claim that the EU is also closing its eyes to the situation with asylum seekers in Ukraine, and simply allocates money for maintaining temporary holding facilities so that they don’t get to the EU | detail

Visits 927

Should the police be entrusted with migration policy?

While changes in migration policy are long overdue, the author expresses grave doubts over the wisdom of placing this vital area under Ministry of Internal Affairs control | detail

Visits 1902

Ukraine is not integrating immigrants into society

According to the State Committee on Nationality and Religion, money is not allocated, nor are there any special State programmes for effective integration of immigrants who have received Ukrainian citizenship into society | detail

Visits 1013

New Year greetings wrapped in statistics

The latest press report from the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Public Liaison Centre pulls statistics out of context and seems more designed to foster harmful stereotypes than to provide information | detail

Visits 2140

New migration body to be under Ministry of Internal Affairs’ control

Viacheslav Likhachev from the Congress of National Communities believes that placing control over this area under the MIA will inevitably lead to its boiling down to a “fight against illegal migration”. | detail

Visits 1305

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