NGOs call to unite in defence of freedom of assembly
A number of prominent human rights organizations, concerned by increasing encroachments on freedom of peaceful assembly have formed a partnership and call on others to join efforts in upholding this fundamental right
Maidan 2012: scuffles between riot police and demonstrators
During a mass rally on Independence Square to mark the eighth anniversary of the Orange Revolution at least 5 activists were arrested and the riot police out in force
Opposition MP gets police visitation
MP Iryna Herashchenko has reported that she received a visit on Thursday morning from a local police inspector. She says that he tried to draw up a protocol against her for participating in a rally outside the Central Election Commission on 5 November
Defending the right to peaceful assembly
The High Administrative Court has finally stated clearly that the notorious Soviet Decree which is regularly used to restrict peaceful assembly breaches Ukraine’s Constitution by using a permission-based procedure and demanding 10 days warning
Free and Fair Elections? Court bans meetings in Kyiv centre till 12 November
If the information from the Coalition of Participants in the Orange Revolution reported by Ukrainska Pravda is true, then he District Administrative Court in Kyiv has banned protests in the centre of Kyiv up till 12 November inclusive.
Kharkiv court bans opposition rally in city centre
The Kharkiv District Administrative Court has allowed an application from the Kharkiv City Council and prohibited one of the leaders of the United Opposition from meeting with voters on Freedom Square on 15 October.
Call on politicians to defend freedom of peaceful assembly in Ukraine
Members of NGOs and other concerned members of the public have endorsed an open appeal to Ukraine’s politicians regarding legislation in parliament on peaceful assembly
Cherkasy Court extends indefinite ban on protests
The ban on political protests on Soborna Square in the centre of Cherkasy, originally imposed from 16 July to 10 September has now been extended up till 7 October
UHHRU Position on the Peaceful Assembly Draft Law
Following all kinds of rumours and inaccuracies regarding the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union’s position, the Head of the Board and Executive Director have issued a statement outlining reasons for believing the draft laws on peaceful assembly are of vital importance
Peaceful assembly bill again put on hold “to avoid misunderstandings”
The Verkhovna Rada has yet again deferred consideration of Draft Law No. 2450 on Peaceful Assembly while the draft Law on Amendments to Some Legislative Acts on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly failed to gain enough votes
NGO Open Appeal in Defence of Freedom of Peaceful Assembly
In 2011 administrative courts issued over 200 decisions regarding applications to ban peaceful gatherings, with the gatherings being prohibited in 90% of these cases. The tendency this year has been towards an increase in the number of such cases and in the percentage of bans
Kharkiv Anti-Language Law protest camp restored following attack
During the early hours of Wednesday morning an attack took place on the tent camp of activists protesting against the language law increasing the role of Russian which President Yanukovych signed a week ago.
Peaceful language law protest banned from another site in Kharkiv
The court ban was again instigated by the City Council with the grounds raising questions about both the Council’s and court’s familiarity with the European Convention and European Court of Human Rights case law
Anti-language law protest a health hazard … - if you want to ban it
The Kharkiv District Administrative Court has allowed an application from the City Council and banned an indefinite protest against the Law on the Principles of State Language Policy beginning on 10 August on Freedom Square
Crimean courts find against civic activists
Simferopol and Sevastopol courts found two young activists of the campaign “Revenge for Dividing Ukraine” guilty under electoral legislation, although the Party of the Regions is continuing to break the law by advertising without registration
Ukraine against Yanukovych peaceful protest tents dismantled
The police accompanied by the Deputy Mayor of Chyhyryn in the Cherkasy region refused to allow a tent set up by the United Opposition to gather signatures in support of the campaign Ukraine against Yanukovych
Pretexts for banning peaceful protest: if you could only laugh
Maxim Sereda and Tetyana Pechonchyk have examined the ever-increasing number of occasions where totally peaceful protests are banned in Ukraine, and the frequently extraordinary pretexts offered.
Cherkasy court bans political protest for nearly 2 months
The Cherkasy District Administrative Court has banned any political protests on Soborna Square in the centre of Cherkasy.
Language law prompts most protests in three years
The Centre for Public Research reports that despite summer usually being a dead time for socio-political life, the number of protests in Ukraine has broken all records.