The Police want to rewrite human rights activists’ freedom of peaceful assembly bill
The Partnership “For Freedom of Peaceful Assembly” points out that information provided by the Deputy Interior Minister regarding a ban on wearing masks in the draft bill on freedom of peaceful assembly is not correct. It also rejects any such ban as being an infringement on people’s rights
Police push for dangerous additions to peaceful assembly law
They propose making it illegal not only to carry weapons during street protests, but to wear masks or hoods to hide ones face. Most ominously they want to make the organizers of a protest, as well those directly responsible for infringements of public order liable
Journalists met with riot police on Journalist Day
Once again journalists who gathered near the President’s residence at Mezhyhirya were obstructed first by traffic, then by Berkut riot police
Court bans Stop Censorship peaceful protest outside Mezhyhirya
For the third year in a row the court has restricted people’s right to peaceful assembly near the President’s controversial residence at Mezhyhirya.
Jail for Anti-Yanukovych banner?
Four members of the Democratic Alliance party holding a banner reading "Yanukovych get out of Kyiv" were detained on Monday for a peaceful protest on the route taken by President Yanukovych’s cortege.
Mysterious “men in black” guard Mezhyhirya from the public
OZON a civic peaceful assembly watchdog is demanding that the Interior Ministry explain who the identified men in black were who obstructed a peaceful gathering near the President’s controversial residence at Mezhyhirya on 15 May
A modest first for Ukraine
That Ukraine saw its first Gay Pride March on Saturday is an achievement, given obstruction from the authorities, homophobic threats from a number of organizations and VO Svoboda, and justifiably little confidence that the police would protect participants from attack
LGBT Equality March banned in Kyiv
The District Administrative Court in Kyiv banned the march on application from the Kyiv City State Administration. The ban officially covers all but official events on 25 May, though clearly the target was the March for Equality.
UHHRU On the events before and on 18 May
Throughout the country police and transport workers obstructed people trying to get to Kyiv for the Rise Ukraine opposition rally
Whose circus, Mr Prime Minister?
The government can’t get anything right. On Wednesday Prime Minister Azarov threw out women journalists trying through a totally peaceful protest to remind him that it could be his wife or daughter who gets attracked with the police watching on and doing nothing, as happened with their colleague Olha Snitsarchuk
On attempts by the Kyiv authorities to ban the March for Equality on 25 May
The Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine has issued a statement regarding attempts by the Kyiv City State Administration [KCSA] to secure a court ban on any events in the centre of Kyiv on 25 May 2013
Police detain Spilna Sprava civic activists
On Saturday afternoon Berkut riot police detained Oleksandr Danylyuk, the leader of Spilna Sprava [Common Cause] and four other activists from the movement.
President’s Administration pays rent to shadowy firm behind Mezhyhirya
During 2012 the President’s Administration paid 100 thousand UAH to Tantalit - a firm believed to have links with the Yanukovych family - for renting an office for Viktor Yanukovych in the latter’s sumptuous residence at Mezhyhirya.
Fine over peaceful protest at Mezhyhirya revoked
Andriy Bohdanovych was fined over the same peaceful action for which Maxim Panov was jailed for 7 days.
Speak for Yourself
When freedom of peaceful assembly is coming under increasing assault, solidarity among representatives of civic society is especially vital. Solidarity does not by any means exclude pluralism of views. Recent statements from one quarter have forced the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union to issue a statement making this clear.
Why a law on peaceful assembly is needed
In his analysis, Volodymyr Yavorsky notes that bans on peaceful assembly are becoming ever more frequent and all-purpose, prohibiting any meetings in a particular place or timeframe. The need for legal regulation is clear. It is just as clearly missing at present
Democratic Alliance: The President is scared of people altogether
Vasyl Hatsko, Head of the Democratic Alliance Party and Maxim Panov, head of the Kyiv branch, are now at liberty having been jailed as administrative arrest over entirely peaceful protests
Tree defenders in Kyiv detained
During a protest against tree-felling on Dniprovodska St (Obolon region), police detained two protesters – well-known journalist Ihor Lutsenko and Vitaly Hruzynov
Usual arsenal against peaceful protest
Democratic Alliance activists who arrived at Mezhyhirya on Monday to protest over the jailing of two fellow-activists were attacked by “unidentified thugs” and subjected to rough treatment by a formidable continent of Berkut riot police. There are also reports of obstruction by traffic police