Ukraine’s unprecedented law

With less than 6 months remaining for Ukraine to rectify systemic faults leading to abuse of remand in custody, the tale here of a Court of Appeal’s ruling finding detention unwarranted and the subsequent motion in the High Council of Justice to have all three judges dismissed, gives no grounds for optimism | detail

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Polish Ambassador: Prosecuting opposition politicians can lead to bad habits

In an interview the Ambassador spoke of "things which, from the point of view of many EU representatives seem dubious. For example, we are concerned by the situation with prosecutions of opposition politicians. Such practice can lead to the bad habit that those who lose the elections end up in prison" | detail

Visits 2006

11 thousand cases against Ukraine in the European Court of Human Rights

ECHR Judge from Ukraine Anna Yudkivska speaks of the cases against Ukraine which are heard by the Court in Strasbourg as a reflection of the problem issues in the country itself. In the first place, she says, are problems relating to the penal system and pre-trial investigations | detail

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Ukraine falls short on most EU integration priorities

In 2010, Ukraine implemented only 8 out of 70 reform priorities outlined in the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda, the key document regulating EU-Ukraine relations | detail

Visits 969

Anti-Corruption Default

Ukraine faces seriously negative consequences from GRECO following the scrapping of all anti-corruption legislation, the Government Ombudsperson and Bureau on Anti-Corruption Policy, with no indication of when any alternative measures will be passed | detail

Visits 1708

Ukraine among States slammed for delays implementing European Court judgments

At the same time Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice reports that Ukraine has been given a further 6 months to comply with the pilot judgment by introducing an effective means of defence against non-enforcement | detail

Visits 1326

Brussels informed of human rights violations in Ukraine

Human rights violations in Ukraine and pressure on independent media outlets were the main topics of a press conference held on Monday in Brussels by UHHRU, the Vinnytsa Human Rights Group and the independent channel TVi | detail

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Warmest congratulations to Anna Yudkivska, newly elected European Court Judge!

This is excellent news for Ukraine and we join all those who know and value Anna Yudkivska as a wonderful lawyer and human rights defender in wishing her well in her new position as judge to the European Court of Human Rights with respect to Ukraine | detail

Visits 1255

Ministry of Justice makes GRECO report public

The GRECO Joint First and Second Round Compliance Report on Ukraine found that Ukraine has fully implemented 8 recommendations, and 17 – partially | detail

Visits 919

President approves conceptual strategy for reforming the criminal justice system

It includes reform of all stages of the criminal justice process and is based on guarantees of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Its implementation should undoubtedly lead to greater protection of the individual from the State | detail

Visits 2028

Strasbourg finds that Ukraine violated the right of freedom of association

In an important judgment on 3 April in the case of Koretskyy and others v. Ukraine, the European Court of Human Rights found that Ukraine had violated Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights | detail

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No bronze medal called for

Ukraine in 2007 had the third highest number of judgments, after Turkey and Russia, where at least one violation of the European Convention on Human Rights was found | detail

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Mediation is better

The Ministry of Justice has announced plans to introduce a mediation procedure to be applied when examining criminal, civil and economic court cases | detail

Visits 2027

So what are politicians’ statements about cancelling privileges worth?

A group of scientists have addressed an appeal to Prime Minister Tymoshenko asking that a recent Cabinet of Ministers Resolution be revoked which unwarrantedly increases the lifelong payment for “the title” of current member or correspondent member of State academies. | detail

Visits 1318

“Regional language” status for Russian in contravention of Ukraine’s Constitution

On 27 December the Leninsky Court in Luhansk revoked as unlawful Item one in the decision of the Luhansk Regional Council from 25 April 2006 No. 2/13 which gave Russian regional language status in the Luhansk region | detail

Visits 1791

Open letter from KHPG to the Head of the State Department for the Execution of Sentences

To avoid any suggestion here or in Strasbourg that witnesses of the violent events at the Izyaslav Penal Colony in January could be subjected to unreasonable disciplinary measures, KHPG will be providing all those involved with free legal aid | detail

Visits 2084

Strasbourg again finds against Ukraine over detention conditions

The Ukrainian authorities were found guilty of ill-treatment of Oleg Yakovenko though the overcrowded conditions he was held in over a considerable period, the failure to provide proper medical care, and the way he was treated when being transported between two detention centres | detail

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Council of Europe also concerned that Ukraine’s judiciary is free from political interference

Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammerberg stresses the need to ensure that all aspects of the judiciary, including the Constitutional Court, at totally separated from politics | detail

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So what does the European Court of Human Rights mean for Ukraine?

Ukrainians turn to Strasbourg because domestic courts all too often let them down. They seek justice at the European Court because Ukrainian politicians erode confidence in their own justice system. It is surely therefore not surprising that so many Ukrainians have emphatically registered their opposition to Serhiy Holovaty, or any other Ukrainian politician, becoming Judge of this most important court. | detail

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Appeal to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

With no disrespect to Serhiy Holovaty, Ukrainian civic organizations believe that the further development of a law-based and human rights oriented society in Ukraine can best be facilitated by choosing a candidate for European Court of Human Rights Judge from Ukraine who is NOT directly involved in politics | detail

Visits 2396

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