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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
13.12.2005

Center of political-legal reforms: “In the case of Piskun the Constitution of Ukraine and the Law “On the Prosecutor’s office” prevail over labor guarantees”

Commentary from the Center of political-legal reforms on the suit brought by ex-Prosecutor General, S. Piskun | detail

Visits 1833
07.12.2005

«FORWARD MARCH OVER THE CLIFF»

Why the unlawful dismissal of Piskun and response to the court’s reinstatement suggest lingering ills in the attitude to the rule of law. | detail

Visits 2431
14.11.2005

Ukrainian citizens vs. Ukraine

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in favor of Ukrainian citizens in 13 more claims against Ukraine. | detail

Visits 1663
08.11.2005

Conclusion of the Committee on Issues of Legal Policy: “Military courts should be liquidated gradually”.

Final and complete liquidation of military courts will become possible only with the introduction of proper procedural codes which do not envisage cases under these courts’ jurisdiction. | detail

Visits 1551
02.11.2005

The planned reforms of the courts and of law enforcement bodies do not meet the needs of a democratic society

On 10 October, in the UNIAN, human rights activists and lawyers discussed issues relating to the reform of the courts and of law enforcement bodies in Ukraine. Positive comments were few and far between. | detail

Visits 1546
02.11.2005

Vasyl Onopenko: “The Criminal Procedure Code should be changed!”

Last week Vasyl Onopenko introduced a new Draft Law No. 8256 on amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine. The author points out that such amendments are needed because of discrepancies in the legislative regulation of the methods of recording court hearings into a case (minutes of a court sitting) and reproduction of technical tools in courts of all types of jurisdiction. | detail

Visits 1930
25.09.2005

Planned amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution to bring it into compliance with the Statute of the International Criminal Court

Specialists of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine have prepared a Draft Law “On introducing amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine” in connection with the future ratification of the Statute of the International Criminal Court... | detail

Visits 1683
14.09.2005

On the provision of free legal aid in criminal cases

In order to establish what the situation really is with legal aid provided by the State in criminal cases, the Kharkiv group for human rights protection turned with formal requests for information to the Ministry of Justice, territorial departments of justice, State judicial administration of Ukraine (SJAU) and to appeal courts. The data obtained in the responses to our irequests are summed up in the article. | detail

Visits 1670
14.09.2005

Legislation on legal aid (information from the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine)

To establish how free legal aid is rendered in criminal cases at the expense of the state budget, the Kharkiv group for human rights protection turned with informational requests to the Ministry of Justice, territorial departments of justice, State judicial administration of Ukraine and to appeal courts. The data obtained in the responses to our informational requests are summed up in the article | detail

Visits 1814
14.09.2005

Round table “Free legal aid: ensuring the right of citizens of Ukraine to access to justice”

On 2 July a round table “Free legal aid: ensuring the right of citizens of Ukraine to access to justice” was held in the hotel “Natsionalny" to discuss a system and efficient mechanisms for providing free legal aid when needed. | detail

Visits 1473
17.08.2005

Decision of the European Court in Sergey Chizhov’s case

The day before yesterday the European Court of human rights made public its decision in the case Sergey Chizhov vs. Ukraine. He complained against Ukraine in the connection with non-fulfillment of the court decision about paying out the compensation for illegal arrest, which violated his right for fair trial. The European Court supported the claimant. | detail

Visits 2237
17.08.2005

Kuchma left, Kuchmism remained

It seems that the new President of Ukraine inherited the juridical service from the team of his predecessor, together with its legal nihilism. Yet, we hope that is it only an inadvertence of Viktor Yushchenko, but not his conscious position. | detail

Visits 1889
17.08.2005

Ukraine continues paying out salary debts through the European court for human rights

Yesterday the European court for human rights pronounced verdicts on three cases against Ukraine unanimously recognizing the violation by the country of the right for fair trial and the right for free management of one’s property, as well as the absence of efficient national tools for protection of these rights in Ukraine. Besides, violation of the right for fair trial because of unreasonable term of trial was acknowledged in one case | detail

Visits 1722
28.04.2005

Defense becomes more accessible

Starting from the next week advocates of the Kharkiv group for human rights protection will commence on granting free defense to the detained | detail

Visits 1573
26.02.2005

Institution of criminal case against a member of «Pora!» in Chernigiv was illegal

On 26 November, after consideration of the appeal, the court cancelled the decision of an investigating officer on institution of criminal case against Oleksandr Lomaka, a member of the public campaign “Pora!”. O. Lomaka was detained on 20 October in Chernigiv for the illegal storage of explosives (part 1 of Article 263 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). | detail

Visits 2056
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