How to resist State terror

Each of us can become a victim of the state and in today’s Ukraine nobody can guarantee that his or her rights will not be violated. However the situation is not hopeless and there are mechanisms for defending a person the Head of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Yevhen Zakharov says | detail

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Author of “biometric” law gets Gold Thistle of the Year Anti-Award

Other laureates of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union’s annual anti-award for worst human rights offenders in 2012 include the Central Election Committee and President Yanukovych and Parliamentary Speaker Lytvyn | detail

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One Ukrainian “Election” with hot contenders

Before Human Rights Day on 10 December a UHHRU panel of judges must choose the worst violators of human rights in Ukraine during 2012 for the ignominious Thistle of the Year award. The list of candidates is formidable, the competition fierce | detail

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Human rights in Ukraine: Government & NGO reports differ radically

NGO shadow reports paint a very different picture from that presented in Geneva in the Government’s Report for Ukraine’s Universal Periodic Review on 24 October | detail

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Ukrainians “complain to the UN” over corruption, discrimination and torture

In September, as part of the campaign “Human Rights in Ukraine: Your Vote is Important”, Ukrainians were asked which rights are most often violated in Ukraine | detail

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Alternative views on Ukraine’s human rights record

On 24 October Ukraine is due to present the government’s report for the four-yearly Universal Periodic Review. This UN Human Rights Council has also received 12 shadow reports from Ukrainian NGOs | detail

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Foreign Ministry calls on NGOs to participate in OSCE-linked events

The Foreign Ministry informs that its Public Council attached to the Interior Ministry, together with the OSCE Project Coordinator are drawing up a project aimed at engaging institutions of civil society in ffulfilling OSCE aims during Ukraine’ chairmanship of the OSCE | detail

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Freedom House: Democratic Decline Persists in Ukraine

A new report released by Freedom House on 5 July finds a persistent decline in democratic principles and human rights in Ukraine, a development which is especially worrying in light of the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections in October 2012 | detail

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On Ukraine’s priorities during its presidency of OSCE in 2013

NGOs call on Ukraine’s leaders to make access to public information, freedom of association, freedom of peaceful assembly and protection from torture priorities of Ukraine’s OSCE presidency. | detail

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Human Rights Offside – Kharkiv

On 16 June Kharkiv residents as well as visitors to the city had the opportunity to see the “Human Rights Offside” Exhibition, timed to coincide with the Euro 2012 Championship. | detail

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Human Rights in Offside

A cordial invitation to the opening at 10.00 Friday, 8 June 2012 of the “Human Rights Offside” Exhibition, timed to coincide with the Euro 2012 Championship | detail

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Human Rights in Offside

A human rights exhibition entitled “Human Rights Offside” is to be held to mark the Euro 2012 Championship. It will present an overview of infringements of fundamental human rights in Ukraine over the last two years | detail

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US Report on Ukraine: Politically-motivated trials, limits on peaceful assembly and press freedom

The report calls the most serious human rights development during 2011 “the politically motivated detention, trial, and conviction of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, along with selective prosecutions of other senior members of her government” | detail

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AI slams use of Ukraine’s criminal justice system for political ends

The Amnesty International 2012 Report released on 24 May speaks of longstanding problems such as impunity for torture, police brutality, while also highlighting more recent trends such as physical attacks and prosecution of human rights defenders | detail

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Candidate for Ombudsperson holds consultations with human rights organizations

Suggestions from Ukrainian civic organizations to the new Human Rights Ombudsperson on the development of cooperation with civic organizations and improving the work of the institution | detail

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Human rights NGOs: UN should exert gentle pressure on Ukrainian government

A coalition of 40 Ukrainian NGOs have sent the UN 12 shadow reports on different aspects of human rights, highlighting failings in judicial reform making judges even less independent; selective prosecution of political opponents and other human rights violations | detail

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UHHRU supports Kateryna Levchenko for Human Rights Ombudsperson

“We are convinced that the post should be filled by a representative of civic society with broad practical experience of defending human rights in Ukraine and an unblemished reputation. Kateryna Levchenko is just such a candidate" | detail

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Spring and Docudays in the air

The IX International Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights Docudays UA begins this Wednesday 23 March. From then until 29 March there will be an opportunity to see exciting new works from Ukrainian directors, as well as films from around the world | detail

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Yevhen Zakharov: Speech in Parliament during the election of Ombudsperson

The address given by one of the candidates for the post of Human Rights Ombudsperson – Yevhen Zakharov, Co-Chair of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group and Head of the Board of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union before the vote for Ombudsperson on 15 March. | detail

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Verkhovna Rada fails to elect a Human Rights Ombudsperson

With the result suggesting either intrigue or disagreement within the ruling majority, the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday failed to provide sufficient support for either Yevhen Zakharov or Valeria Lutkovska | detail

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