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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
30.12.2007

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 1609
27.12.2007

“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 2141
09.11.2007

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 2511
26.10.2007

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

Visits 2940
05.10.2007

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

Visits 1758
24.09.2007

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

Visits 3201
21.09.2007

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 3061
19.09.2007

Why Ukrainian civic society wants no more conflict of interests

Ukrainian civic organizations have once again raised the alarm over the possible election in the next weeks of a prominent Ukrainian politician to the post of European Court of Human Rights Judge | detail

Visits 2486
08.09.2007

Ukraine’s new European Court Judge – politician, public official or lawyer?

Human rights organizations have long warned that the divide between different branches of power in the country is becoming increasingly blurred. The degree to which all aspects of Ukrainian life, and most worryingly, the judiciary, have become politicized is undermining Ukraine’s development as a law-based society. | detail

Visits 3366
11.08.2007

Statistics, pre-election campaigns and ministerial websites

The latest feat in statistical interpretation posted by the Ministry of Justice would leave us speechless if the need for clarification in the light of such deliberate obfuscation were not so strong | detail

Visits 2010
05.06.2007

Another reminder from Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Ukraine to pay 62-year-old Georgy Lizanets from Mukachevo (the Transcarpathian region) 14 thousand Euros for violation of his right to a fair trial | detail

Visits 1808
23.04.2007

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

Visits 1385
21.04.2007

Domestic courts are largely to blame for most judgments against Ukraine in Strasbourg

At a recent seminar, the Government’s Representative on European Court of Human Rights affairs particularly stressed the need to eliminate problem involving inhumane and degrading treatment of people being held in custody. | detail

Visits 1725
21.03.2007

So where’s the penal reform?

Experts from the Council of Europe have criticized Ukraine for failing to analyze the recommendation on the running of the penal system made on the basis of three fact-finding missions to Ukraine | detail

Visits 1200
21.03.2007

Venice Commission doesn’t know how to react to the draft law on the opposition

The expert analysis of the draft law “is teeming with expressions like “not customary for European democracy”. According to Serhiy Holovaty, Vice-Chair of the Ukrainian Delegation, there is no European country with a similar law for regulating the status of the parliamentary opposition. | detail

Visits 1003
16.03.2007

Regional language status for Russian revoked in Mykolaiv

The unlawfulness of the decision by the Mykolaiv Regional Council was argued in the appeal court by a representative of the Regional Prosecutor and a representative of the public. | detail

Visits 1374
12.03.2007

PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs appeal for political forces in Ukraine to agree democratic and legal reforms

They call for consensus over the future of building democratic institutions, adopting important judicial and legal reforms and taking forward the fight against corruption, despite differences of opinion and fierce political combats over the monopolisation of power. | detail

Visits 1299
07.03.2007

If they’d only read the Charter …

The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv has refused to allow a civil suit claiming that the decisions by the Kharkiv and Mykolaiv Regional Councils to give Russian the status of a regional language were unlawful | detail

Visits 1410
05.03.2007

Monitoring of Ukraine to continue because of “stagnation”

PACE Co-rapporteur Renate Wohlwend would not like to give a timescale for an end to monitoring. Many of the people she has met in the last few days express concern that Ukraine is experiencing a period of stagnation | detail

Visits 1225
02.03.2007

PACE calls on Ukraine to accelerate implementation of a European judicial model

PACE welcomes the tabling in parliament of a number of draft laws which allow for fundamental changes to the court system in Ukraine, however is concerned by numerous reservations from the Supreme Court which some parliamentarians seem to be using to drag out the reform | detail

Visits 1688
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