To live to see the rehabilitation
The public hearings “Discussion of the law drafts on introduction of changes into the Law of Ukraine “On rehabilitation of the victims of political repressions in Ukraine”” were held on 21 June in Kyiv in the building of the regional center of the Academy of Law of Ukraine. The hearings were conducted by the Council of Ukrainian human rights protecting organizations, Kharkov group for human rights protection and the Supreme Rada Committee in charge of human rights, national minorities and interethnic relations with the support of the International Foundation “Vidrodjennia”.
Representatives of human rights protecting public organizations, journalists, MPs, representatives of the Supreme Court, USS, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Justice expressed their opinion on the changes in this sphere. The urgency and importance of this topic is confirmed by the number of drafts of the changes to the Law on rehabilitation proposed by the Cabinet of Ministers; MPs L. Lukyanenko; L. Taniuk; P. Kachur; S. Stashevskiy, R. Tkach and V. Lebedivskiy; M. Kruts and R. Tkach; M. Onishchuk; S. Gavrish; all-Ukrainian union of political prisoners and the repressed.
The Kharkov group for human rights protection proposed to present, as soon as possible, the new version of the draft of the Law for the consideration in the Supreme Rada; this new draft should be based on the law draft of L. Lukyanenko or L. Taniuk, taking into account the propositions of the KhG.
The presentation of intermediate results of the great project “Victims of political repressions in the USSR”, realized by the international society “Memorial”, was also carried out during the hearings, in particular, the presentation of two CDs that contained: the database of names of the victims of political repressions in Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Ukraine (all in all, 1345796 names), “The book in memory of victims of political repressions in the USSR”, Stalins lists of the persons that had to be shot, monuments to the victims of repressions, information and documents on the structure and history of the GULAG and NKVD, some editions on the topic of political repressions.