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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
12.01.2010

The Crimea in Slow Motion

International interest in the Crimea from summer 2008 had little to do with the peninsula’s undoubted natural attractions. Unfortunately the shivers down many a Ukrainian official’s spine caused by the war over South Ossetia may have elicited anxiety, but little will to learn lessons and take urgently needed action, or any understanding of what this action should be | detail

Visits 1246
29.12.2009

Film “Russia 88” to hit hard about skinheads

"Bardin has succeeded in doing what many civic activists were unable to do – he has shown the movement to be comical. That is the worst blow to the movement” (Galina Kozhevnikova) | detail

Visits 998
09.12.2009

OSCE trains Ukraine’s civil society representatives on hate crime prevention

More than 20 civil society activists from throughout Ukraine took part in the three-day event, which provided the participants with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of hate crimes and to devise strategies on how to combat this phenomenon more effectively | detail

Visits 929
08.12.2009

Rightwing radicals raising their heads in Chernihiv

The Director of the Chernihiv Public Committee for the Protection of Human Rights believes that a role in fuelling antagonism is played by myths, circulated by the press, about migrants held in the temporary holding centre in the village of Rozsudiv in the Chernihiv region | detail

Visits 997
17.11.2009

Fall in racially motivated crimes

On International Day for Tolerance, 16 November, the UN High Commission for Refugees noted a fall in the number of racially motivated crimes in Ukraine during 2009 | detail

Visits 927
06.11.2009

Parliament increases liability for discrimination, and changes nothing

The law in fact makes no significant change since the article of the Criminal Code is still phrased in such a way as to make it virtually impossible to prosecute people | detail

Visits 1274
03.11.2009

Polish Ukrainian language television programme reinstated

It would thus seem that the protest campaign organized by Ukrainians in Poland and supported by many people in Ukraine, although by no means most media representatives and politicians, has had some impact | detail

Visits 1456
28.09.2009

TV presenter accused of Jew-phobia offers to apologize if he was mistaken

The Shimon Dubnov Academy of the History and Culture of Jews of Ukraine has accused the ICTV television presenter of “Jew phobia” over an article about the annual Hassidic pilgrimage to Uman | detail

Visits 944
05.08.2009

Polish Helsinki Foundation speaks out against closure of «Telenowyny”

PHF has expressed concern over the plans to cancel the Ukrainian language programme “Telenowyny” and points out that the rights of national minorities are guaranteed both by domestic legislation, including the Constitution, and international commitments | detail

Visits 1436
04.08.2009

The Pernicious Allure of Misleading Headlines

More than sufficient grounds for personal paranoia, and when it seems that fears are being deliberately fuelled, then terror takes over. Or anger (In response to the article ““Will they ban the Ukrainian word in Poland?”) | detail

Visits 1921
04.08.2009

“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 1312
30.07.2009

Soviet Media Mothballs

A large number of media outlets in the Crimea seem trapped in some old Soviet idea about their proper role in society. You supposedly can’t rely on the readers, but need to show them how to live, what to think and even who to love. | detail

Visits 1715
27.07.2009

Sentence passed over assault on Chief Rabbi of Sevastopol

A 41-year-old from the Dnipropetrovsk region, Roman Shvedov received a 4 year sentence with a three year probation period for the assault in September 2007 | detail

Visits 1094
06.07.2009

A High price for disillusionment

It’s clear enough that politicians prefer to ignore that annoying little principle of democracy, namely, that agreements are contracted with the voters and not between themselves. Yet what is the point of journalism which aids and abets them in this? | detail

Visits 2670
30.06.2009

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 3133
15.05.2009

Yevhen Tsybulenko: Ukrainians thrive in Estonia

Interview with the Ukrainian academic Yevhen Tsybulenko who has lived in Estonia since 2003 about the Ukrainian minority in the country, relations with and developments in Russia which Professor Tsybulenko views with concern | detail

Visits 1198
13.05.2009

A Politician afflicted

On why ignoring virulent anti-Semites does not make them go away - inadequate measures to deal with the mixture of hysteria, hatred towards a political opponent and diseased anti-Semitism which a Kherson Deputy, Serhiy Kirichenko has been spreading for a year now | detail

Visits 1276
07.05.2009

Too little being done to fight racism

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance is concerned that criminal legislation has not been strengthened and it remains difficult to prosecute people for racially-motivated crimes | detail

Visits 1163
28.04.2009

How to provoke a pogrom

These words by the Head of the Moscow-based Sova Centre about those actively fuelling hatred, whether deliberately or for sensation in the media are unfortunately just as relevant for Ukraine and urgently need to be heeded | detail

Visits 1507
13.04.2009

Ugly message from Chernihiv racists

Last night the office of the Chernihiv Civic Committee for the Protection of Human Rights was daubed with graffiti and images of an anti-Semitic and xenophobic nature | detail

Visits 1088
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