Thistle of the Year – 2009 dishonours announced

The laureates for this anything but prestigious award to the worst human rights violators in 2009 include the Supreme Court, the Minister and Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Expert Commission for the Protection of Public Morality | detail

Visits 1585

Sakharov Prize 2009 awarded to Memorial

The European Parliament’s 2009 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought has been awarded to Russian civil rights defence organization Memorial, and their three representatives Oleg Orlov, Sergei Kovalev and Lyudmila Alexeyeva, as well as all other human rights defenders in Russia | detail

Visits 1691

Civic organizations call on Prime Minister to keep her promises

They point out non-fulfilment of paragraph one of the Government’s Programme regarding adoption of a new version of the Law “On citizens’ associations” and the blocking of this process by deputies from the BYUT faction | detail

Visits 1635

Parliamentarians refuse to consider draft law on civic organizations

This extraordinary behaviour is in contravention both of parliamentary regulations and of Ukraine’s international commitments | detail

Visits 1870

“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 1080

How long can you stand stil?

Volodymyr Yavorsky, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, answers questions regarding the human rights situation in 2008 | detail

Visits 1467

New draft law on civic organizations

The new draft law tabled recently in parliament has failings which need to be ironed out, but also some positive amendments on the current law | detail

Visits 1969

Amnesty International’s 2008 Report: No cause for celebration

Amnesty International has published its annual report in this 60th year since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The title says it all: “Sixty years of human rights failure – governments must apologize and act now” | detail

Visits 1628

UHHRU concern over assault on human rights defender

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has issued a statement over the assault on the Coordinator of the Vinnytsa Human Rights Group, Dmytro Groisman, during the night from 23 to 24 May | detail

Visits 1654

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

Visits 1791

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

Visits 1185

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

Visits 1191

The European Court of Human Rights trusts Ukrainian human rights defenders

Representative of the International Renaissance Foundation Roman Romanov speaks of how the human rights community has developed over the last four years, some of the problems which need to be addressed in the country and plans for the coming year | detail

Visits 1954

Legal assistance for NGOs

A project has been launched to provide legal advice on State registration and relations between civic organizations, religious organizations, trade unions, charities and regulatory bodies | detail

Visits 1694

Too much violence on Ukrainian television

A survey commissioned by La Strada – Ukraine has shown that Ukrainians are most negative about stories which degrade people, as well as films with filthy language. It also found that the fairly high number of people who objected to violence being shown did not include many young people | detail

Visits 1454

Amnesty International on human rights problems in Ukraine

Not surprisingly Ukraine came in for heavy criticism over its illegal deportation in February 2006 of 11 asylum seekers Other problems that AI focuses on include prisoners’ rights, the high prevalence of tuberculosis in Ukrainian penal institutions, the conditions in pre-trial detention units [SIZO] and the use of torture | detail

Visits 970

Coalition of nongovernmental organizations created in Ternopil

With the aim of improving the standard of living and building an open democratic society, representatives of civic association and unions in the Ternopil region have decided to unite forces in this coalition | detail

Visits 914

Monitoring human rights in the Odessa region

At a recent press conference the Odessa Regional Branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine reported on the conclusions from a busy six months in which they monitored the human rights situation and provided free consultations to members of the public | detail

Visits 1601

Information and analysis centre “Civic Society” created within UNIAN

The aim of the Centre is to assist nongovernmental civic organizations in “penetrating” the pages and broadcasting studios of central and regional media outlets, this in turn heightening the awareness of the public about the work of such organizaitons | detail

Visits 1024

Students create Images of Tolerance

A wonderful initiative from Kherson’s “Totem” which ran master classes for students on social advertising, following which students themselves prepared posters designed to promote tolerance and support for people living with HIV. | detail

Visits 926

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