Odessa small business owners trying to see Prime Minister stopped by traffic police
According to the Committee of Participants in the Orange Revolution, the coaches were blocked by traffic police cars. They allege that the traffic police gave no reason, making it clear only that they were not going to get any further.
Cherkasy: Riot police roughly disperse „language law” protest
A Berkut riot police unit has demolished a tent camp holding protesters against the Law on the Principles of State Language Policy “adopted” in a blitzkrieg move on Tuesday. Gazeta.ua reports that the protest’s organizers – Mykola Bulatetsky from BYUT and his son Maxim have been arrested
Master-class in Distortion from the Police
Marina Hovorukhina from the Centre for Civil Liberties writes about the lessons in discrediting the victims provided by the Interior Ministry’s Public Liaison Department in their efforts to sway public opinion where the police have acted against the law
Centre for Civil Liberties accuses Police of lying
The Centre for Civil Liberties has issued a statement expressing deep concern over what it calls untruthful information circulated by the Kyiv Police Department in an attempt to justify the detention on Sunday of civic activist Nazar Boyarsky and unwarranted dispersal of a peaceful protest
Demonstration in Kyiv in support of Ales Bialiatski broken up
On Sunday members of a protest in support of imprisoned Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski were stopped by police who removed all their leaflets. One of the activists, Nazar Boyarsky was detained supposedly for infringing the rules for organizing public events
Peaceful protest against torture banned in Zaporizhya
Officials refused to register the notification of plans to hold the protest and said that the notification needed to be submitted 10 days before the event
Can the new version of the law on peaceful assembly make a difference?
Roman Kuybida, one of the members of the working group on the Law on Peaceful Assembly believes that progress has finally been made and that the law if passed could improve the situation with freedom of assembly
Court again protects Yanukovych from journalists
For the second year running, a court has banned a totally peaceful gathering by the civic movment Stop Censorship in the village of Novi Petrivtsi near the President’s reputedly sumptuous residence at Mezhyhirya.
UHHRU calls on MPs to rework draft law on peaceful assembly
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has called on the relevant parliamentary committee to rework Draft Law No. 2450 to ensure that the right to peaceful assembly is fully observed as demanded by Ukraine’s Constitution and the European Convention
Traffic police again preventing peaceful protesters reaching Kyiv?
On Monday the United Opposition asserted that the traffic police have been blocking routes to Kyiv on an unprecedented scale
Kharkiv court bans demonstrations in support of the Ukrainian language
The Kharkiv Regional District Court of Appeal has prohibited two groups from holding protest actions in defence of the Ukrainian language on 5 June
Court orders Kyiv authorities to read the Constitution
In a separate judgement [ukhvala] issued on 16 May 2012, the Kyiv Court of Appeal has given the Kyiv City Council a month to bring its regulations on holding mass events into line with Ukraine’s Constitution.
Beaten Ukrainian gay activist unbowed
Gay rights are first and foremost human rights, Svyatoslav Sheremet says. Without even mentioning his beating, he says it was disappointing that the pride march had to be canceled.
Concern in Europe over homophobe violence in Kyiv
Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has called on the Ukrainian authorities to protect the rights of all Ukrainians, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, to peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression
First-ever Kyiv pride cancelled in face of ultra-right threat
The Ukrainian authorities should take action to protect the rights of LGBT people and ensure they are able to exercise their human rights without fear of attacks, Amnesty International has stated after the first-ever pride parade had to be cancelled on Sunday
Kharkiv City Council to seek bans on protests outside Tymoshenko trial
The Kharkiv City Council’s Executive Committee will be asking the court to ban the protests planned for 19 April outside the Kharkiv Court of Appeal where the case against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko will be heard
Court proceedings against student activist terminated
The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv on Wednesday terminated the administrative case against activist from the NGO “Vidcich”, Katya Chepura. She had been summoned to appear on administrative charges over supposedly organizing an “unauthorized” protest outside the Club of the Cabinet of Ministers on 24 March
Ongoing pressure on Afghanistan War veterans since action snubbing the President
Members of the organization “Nobody but Us” say that they have been subjected to repression since their action on 15 February when they demonstrably turned their back on Viktor Yanukovych
Criminal case initiated against opposition deputy in Cherkasy
A criminal investigation over “hooliganism”during a peaceful protest action has been initiated against a deputy from the Cherkasy City Council from the opposition Batkivshchyna Party, Mykola Bulatetsky