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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
13.04.2020

What judicial reform in Ukraine? Notorious Poltava judge gets lavish golden handshake instead of dismissal

Ukraine’s still unreformed High Council of Justice has allowed the president of a Poltava court to retire with full, very generous, pension and benefits, a week before he was due to face disciplinary proceedings | detail

Visits 1297
02.03.2020

Zelensky urged to stop the sabotage of judicial reform in Ukraine

Prominent Ukrainian NGOs have called on President Volodymyr Zelensky to remove grave flaws in recent legislation that are paralyzing vitally needed judicial reform | detail

Visits 1366
21.02.2020

Ukraine to generously pay “judges” in Russian-controlled Donbas after shock Constitutional Court judgement

Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has issued a shock judgement overturning major parts of the 2016 judicial reforms, making it all but impossible to stop paying judges who have failed qualification assessment, as well as those judges who betrayed their oath by working as ‘judges’ for the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics’ | detail

Visits 2234
22.01.2020

Notorious Kyiv judge fully reinstated despite high-profile judicial corruption scandal

Judges from Kyiv’s District Administrative Court have re-elected Pavlo Vovk president, despite compelling evidence of serious judicial corruption and rigged court rulings | detail

Visits 1738
21.08.2019

Ukraine High Council of Justice refuses to suspend notorious judges under criminal investigation

Bitter questions have been asked about judicial reform in Ukraine following the refusal on 20 August by the High Council of Justice to suspend a top judge accused of using his position to try to influence various judicial bodies, including that very same High Council of Justice | detail

Visits 1205
15.08.2019

Notorious judge awards ex-Yanukovych aide millions in damages from Ukraine

Andriy Portnov, a former adviser to ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and First Deputy Head of his Presidential Administration, has been awarded almost seven million UAH in damages purportedly inflicted upon his reputation by the Ukrainian authorities | detail

Visits 1588
31.07.2019

Ukraine’s Human Rights Ombudswoman caught in mounting judicial corruption scandal

There have been demands for the resignation of Ukraine’s Human Rights Ombudsperson Lyudmila Denisova and / or for a special parliamentary committee to investigate allegations that she helped to fill a key judicial commission with members likely to block, rather than facilitate judicial reform | detail

Visits 1544
29.07.2019

Dramatic exposure of corruption and rigged judgments in central Ukrainian court notorious for eyebrow-raising rulings

A major operation on 26 July, involving searches of the District Administrative Court in Kyiv, has exposed serious corruption and fiddled court rulings which almost certainly explain several notorious rulings in Ukraine over recent months. | detail

Visits 2518
18.07.2019

Ukrainian anti-corruption journalists expose manipulation behind Kolomoisky & other notorious court rulings

Skhemy Corruption in Detail investigative journalists have uncovered the methods used to bypass an automated system in the Kyiv District Administrative Court aimed at ensuring random selection of judges for each case | detail

Visits 1908
11.07.2019

Ukraine’s Supreme Court rules against whistle-blower judge persecuted for exposing corruption

Supreme Court judges have effectively upheld an earlier refusal to allow Poltava judge and corruption whistle-blower Larysa Holnyk to compete for a post in the Anti-Corruption Court, despite the knowingly unlawful reprimand used to block her participation having been revoked | detail

Visits 1360
05.07.2019

Whistle-blower who exposed judicial reform farce in Ukraine dismissed

The news of Andriy Kozlov’s dismissal came soon after a widely-published post on Facebook in which Kozlov accused fellow members of the High Qualification Commission of Judges of shenanigans to protect morally compromised judges . | detail

Visits 1801
12.06.2019

Persecution for independent rulings? Ukrainian judge who refused to imprison Saakashvili dismissed

Although the High Council of Justice’s dismissal of Judge Larisa Tsokol purportedly has nothing to do with her refusal to place former Georgian President and Ukrainian opposition politician Mikheil Saakashvili under house arrest, there seem very real grounds for concern | detail

Visits 1170
08.02.2019

Ukrainian judge persecuted, physically attacked & prevented from joining Anti-Corruption Court after exposing corruption

Since Larysa Holnyk refused to provide a corrupt court ruling and reported the offer, she has faced harassment, prolonged failure to grant her indefinite tenure and a savage attack | detail

Visits 2656
12.12.2018

Outrage in Ukraine as court reinstates top tax official facing serious corruption charges

So when should we expect the District Administrative Court to reinstate Viktor Yanukovych? This was one of many sour comments following the news on 11 December that the court in Kyiv had reinstated Roman Nasirov to the post of Head of the State Fiscal Service | detail

Visits 1411
24.10.2018

Judge who refused to place Saakashvili under house arrest is suspended pending dismissal

The High Council of Justice [HCJ] has suspended Larisa Tsokol from serving as a judge pending a decision as to whether she should be dismissed from her post. | detail

Visits 1984
05.01.2018

President’s anti-corruption court law condemned as enabling appointment of ‘favoured’ judges

Ukraine’s main anti-corruption NGOs have given a damning assessment of President Petro Poroshenko’s draft Law on a High Anti-Corruption Court and called for its withdrawal and reworking to take the Council of Europe Venice Commission’s recommendations into account. | detail

Visits 2485
12.12.2017

Second eyebrow-raising acquittal on corruption charges for former Ukrainian Tax Academy Head

A court in the Kyiv oblast has acquitted Petro Melnyk, the former Head of Ukraine’s National Tax Service University, finding “no proof of a crime” in Melnyk’s sale of four buildings belonging to the university to a company founded by his wife, son and father-in-law.  This is the second time that Melnyk has been acquitted on separate corruption charges, though the first acquittal was later revoked by another court. | detail

Visits 2706
03.10.2017

Ukraine’s Got a Real Chance to Change. Will It Blow It Again?

Ukraine’s future rests on whether its judicial reforms will bring about the rule of law for the first time in its history, or whether political influence continues to contaminate its system. It appears the latter is the case. | detail

Visits 1447
29.09.2017

Ukraine’s more accessible and independent Constitutional Court

A critical overview of changes to Ukraine’s Constitutional Court | detail

Visits 2175
15.09.2017

New law on judicial reform could return Ukraine to secretive court proceedings

The changes, proposed by President Poroshenko, would be a serious step backwards away from the greater court transparency achieved since Maidan | detail

Visits 2216
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