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

A constitutional law analysis of the Presidential Decree of 2 April 2007 on dissolving parliament

The author states that given the number of conflicting arguments regarding this Decree, and the undoubted fact that only the Constitutional Court may judge whether or not it complies with the Constitution, a purely formal analysis can be helpful in predicting the likely issues which the Court will consider | detail

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Legal commentary on the Presidenti’s Dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada and on the overall political situation in Ukraine

The author discusses the various arguments given in the Presidential Decree for the dissolution of parliament. He also gives a piercing assessment of the degree to which the constitutional amendments of 2004 are to blame for many of Ukraine’s ills and why these need to be reviewed as a matter of priority | detail

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Yevhen Sverstyuk: “We will need to view the Orange Revolution as a rehearsal”

Yevhen Sverstyuk, President of the Ukrainian PEN club and laureate of the Taras Shevchenko State Prize, shares his thoughts about lessons of the past and the prospects for Ukraine’s development in 2007 | detail

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Basic Instinct: Diagnosis

There is neither opposition nor coalition in Ukraine. All is illusion. We were all grossly conned. In Ukraine there is conflict awaiting resolution | detail

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The integrity of the Ukrainian linguistic-cultural environment and minority rights

The author looks at how and why the “language issue” seems most burning to politicians, especially before elections, and why more attention is needed to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages | detail

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The word must strive towards truth

Unfortunately, we are forced to spell out axioms regarding the defence of national interests, the defence and observance of the law, the dignity of the citizen and the state. And we must explain these axioms to those people who want to govern the Ukrainian state | detail

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“You just need a cradle and the babies will come!”

The author looks at the recent rollercoaster movements in Ukrainian politics, taking a harsh view of losses and failures, while affirming the values and the ongoing power of Maidan which lie deeper than politicians’ games and slogans | detail

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“It will all come true tomorrow

A call to think soberly about the tasks ahead | detail

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How not to treat the mass media in Ukraine

The instantaneous reaction of the media and Ukrainian society to the recent attack on journalists would suggest that certain political factions who assume carte blanche is restored would be well advised to think again | detail

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Drowning in nonsense ...

More on the suffocating effect of the law restricting ’political campaigning" | detail

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Freedom of Expression?

The present pre-election campaign suggest a downside to unlimited freedom of expression | detail

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A look ahead to the March parliamentary elections in the light of the present crisis. The author analyses the roots of Ukraine’s political malaise and provides biting criticism of the “Disneyland” world of the Verkhovna Rada | detail

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What is Putin trying to achieve? The Geo-political aspect of Russia’s gas counter-offensive

An in-depth analysis of Russia’s economic and political objectives with the New Year Ukrainian gas crisis both as far as Ukraine is concerned, and in broader geo-political terms. | detail

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On the planned amendments to the Constitution (the “political reform”): “I am a citizen. …. I simply have rights which I will not give up without a fight. My barricades are the Constitution. Each time anybody attempts to take these rights away, they will have to take the barricades by storm. And we’ll see who wins, since there are a lot of us” | detail

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Some problems of legal protection of citizens in Ukraine

It was written much about the absence of efficient protection of rights and interests of citizens in Ukraine. However, in spite of general declarations, intentions and promises to improve the situation, no concrete measures were taken: the operating laws were not changed, and new laws were not created | detail

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Maidan demands that it be served!

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