On duty while humanity endures

An interview with two prominent Russian human rights defenders – Ludmilla Alexeeva and Yury Orlov – regarding the situation in Russia and how Russia and Ukraine are making their way to democracy | detail

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The most honest films

The documentaries are always dialogues about human beings and if the films are on human rights, then the dialogue is doubly honest | detail

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Volodymyr Yavorsky: People are ready to defend their rights when they believe they can and when they know how

In this interview, Volodymyr Yavorsky from the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union discusses changes in the human rights situation, whether xenophobia is yet a problem for Ukraine and the human rights movement in general | detail

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Volyn Human Rights Group formed

It’s programme is aimed at preventing human rights abuse, fighting corruption, and carrying out effective public control over the work of the law enforcement agencies, as well as raising legal awareness amongst residents of the area | detail

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Human rights school for Belarusian activists in Chernihiv

The course on running civic campaigns and defending human rights was part of a programme run by the Chernihiv Civic Committee for the Protection of Human Rights and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee | detail

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Human rights violators get their just thistles

The Thistle of the Year Anti-Awards for 2007 were announced on 10 December, Human Rights Day. There was, admittedly, a depressingly large choice of candidates for this very much less than prestigious award | detail

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Thistles where thistles are due

The choice of candidates for the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union annual anti-award for the most flagrant human rights violation has been made and in just a few days, on 10 December, we will learn who has earned the “Thistle of the Year» Anti-Award for 2007. | detail

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On human rights issues and dilemmas

In an interview given to UNIAN the Head of the Board of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union Yevhen Zakharov speaks of the dividing line between politicians and human rights defenders, the work of the Ombudsperson and the relation between material wellbeing and freedom of speech. | detail

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Defending the defenders

Recommended reading for those who think nothing has changed in Ukraine, and for those who need reminding that civic society in Russian and Belarus needs support | detail

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UNIAN Human Rights initiative

The UNIAN press agency’s new project should provide exciting possibilities for broadening awareness of the work of human rights organizations and generally of human rights issues | detail

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First training course for human rights lawyers launched

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group have held the first session of a year-long training course on using national and international mechanisms for defending human rights in strategic litigations | detail

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Media Jury finally nominates award-winners for the Human Rights Documentary Film Festival “Ukrainian Context”

The media jury assessing documentary films from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia in early April this year had an entirely understandable reason for being somewhat preoccupied: hard to judge films when there is a whole political “show” unfolding before you | detail

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President’s Representative to defend rights and liberties

On 5 April President Yushchenko issued Decree No. 276/2007 creating the office of Authorized Representative of the President of Ukraine on Observance of Human Rights and Civil Liberties | detail

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Human rights jury of the Human Rights Documentary Film Festival “Ukrainian Context” has a lot to consider

This intense festival, with over a hundred films on human rights issues, is drawing to a close as the country is gripped by intense emotions of a different or perhaps not so very different nature. | detail

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Human Rights Documentary Film Festival “Ukrainian Context” begins in Kyiv

The formal opening of this Fourth International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival will take place at 19.00, 30 March (this evening!) at the Kyiv House of Cinema (Saksahansky St, 6). The festival will continue to 6 April, and should not be missed. | detail

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Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, “Ukrainian Context”: We can’t wish you happy watching!

The Festival will run in Kyiv from 30 March to 6 April. According to its producer Gennady Kofman, the films provide thought-provoking and gripping viewing, not the sort you watch munching a packet of crisps. After all the producers don’t make anything up, they show things as they are. | detail

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Corruption is Ukraine’s scourge

According to the US State Department Country Report on Human Rights Practices, corruption remains widespread in all branches of power in Ukraine. Other problems highlighted were an increase in racial intolerance; violations of the rights of women and of children; and law enforcement officers frequently resort to torture and extortion | detail

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Human rights situation giving cause for concern

The author points to a worrying deterioration in the human rights situation in the last few months, mentioning among others the potentially disastrous increase in housing and communal charges without any mechanisms to protect the vulnerable, as well as renewed pressure by tax and other controlling authorities not seen since the end of 2004 | detail

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Lawyers from the Fund for Legal Aid to Victims of Torture halt the extradition of a Belarusian national

The person involved has also lodged a claim with the European Court alleging that Ukraine will violate Articles 3 and 6 of the European Convention by sending him back to Belarus where he asserts that the accusations against him are politically motivated | detail

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Survey on who most violates rights in Ukraine and who helps uphold them

The results make depressing reading with most of those surveyed much more confident of receiving real help from relatives or contacts than from the law enforcement agenices or other authorities | detail

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