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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
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 1258
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 677
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 1099
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 1827
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 2020
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 961
29.09.2017

Ukraine’s more accessible and independent Constitutional Court

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

Visits 1295
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 1659
09.03.2017

Ukraine’s Got Less Than a Month to Clean Up Highest Court

Maidan is continuing with efforts to prevent yet another rejuggling of a reform-resistant status quo through the appointment of seriously compromised judges to the Supreme Court | detail

Visits 3736
30.01.2017

Ukrainian court sabotages fight against judicial corruption

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau [NABU] has reacted with anger after a court rejected its application to have a Kyiv judge caught taking a huge bribe remanded in custody. The agency pulls no punches, calling the move sabotage and rejecting the court’s attempt to hide behind a dubious ‘statement’ issued recently by the High Council of Justice. | detail

Visits 2558
23.01.2017

Top Ukraine court posts for super-rich judges & defender of Yanukovych’s dictatorship laws?

Among the candidates for posts in the Supreme Court [SCU] are the former President of the Court who justified Viktor Yanukovych’s draconian ‘dictatorship’ laws and judges involved in politically motivated prosecutions. The CHESNO civic movement has sounded the alarm to ensure that purportedly fair competition does not re-establish the heavily tarnished status quo. | detail

Visits 2905
19.01.2017

Ukraine’s High Council of Justice fights back against measures to combat judicial corruption

Corrupt judges can breathe a sigh of relief. An amendment to Ukraine’s Constitution restricting judges’ immunity from arrest in cases where they have been caught committing an offence has been deftly ‘readjusted’ by the High Council of Justice | detail

Visits 2353
28.07.2016

Reformers warn of dangers in new bill on High Council of Justice

While broadly welcoming the law, the Reanimation Package of Reforms propose some amendments to ensure mechanisms of response to judges’ complaints of interference in their work, and to prevent preservation of the old system | detail

Visits 1572
28.03.2016

Crucial Maidan killings suspect released with courts accused of sabotage

Roman Zavorotny, who is accused of a key role in arming ‘titushki’ or paid thugs with police machine guns, was released from custody just after midnight on Sunday morning | detail

Visits 4587
05.08.2013

Judges face selective disciplinary proceedings

Only one in 100 complaints achieved its end in2011-2012, however analysts point out that where judges cannot fail to infringe time and other constraints because of their excessive workload, disciplinary proceedings can easily be used as pressure. | detail

Visits 2150
03.09.2012

Final Act for Supreme Court Saga?

With the imminent retirement of the candidate elected as a temporary compromise measure after Supreme Court judges resisted pressure from those in power to install the latter’s preferred candidate, it is likely that this time the favoured candidate will be chosen | detail

Visits 2466
16.05.2012

Judges on a lead: classified income declarations in exchange for loyalty

Corrupt judges can rest easy, their income declarations will not be seen by anybody except the heads of the courts. | detail

Visits 2467
23.12.2011

Analyst: New Law will assist illegal seizures and Yanukovych with Mezhyhirya

Roman Kuybida, Deputy Head of the Centre for Political and Legal Reform, believes that Law No. 9635, just adopted, on Procedure for Court Proceedings makes it possible to ensure possession of property received through dubious court rulings | detail

Visits 3012
22.10.2011

Judges will themselves determine which rulings to hide from the public

As feared, parliament has undermined a vital mechanism for ensuring public monitoring of court rulings by allowing judges to themselves determine which court rulings will be entered in the “Single Register of Court Rulings” | detail

Visits 2174
19.10.2011

Vasyl Onopenko removed from the High Council of Justice

The High Council of Justice on Tuesday terminated the authority of Vasyl Onopenko in connection with the end of his term as President of the Supreme Court. The election, in which he is standing again, has been blocked | detail

Visits 2796
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