Seizure of human rights organizations premises
During the night from 14-15 October members of a private security firm, accompanied by National Deputy Vasyl Hrytsak battered down the door and burst into the address on Gorky St in Kyiv which the Institute “Respublica” has occupied since 1997.
“Respublica” Institute speaks of systematic abuse of freedom of assembly
It states that this right has been infringed in 2008 by representatives of the Presidential Secretariat, the local authorities, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the courts though unwarranted bans on rallies, pickets and demonstrations, or obstructions to these
Another local authority bans public rallies
On 27 June the Uzhhorod City-District Court banned until the end of the summer (until 31 August this year) rallies outside the Transcarpathian Regional Administration.
Crimean authorities violate the right of peaceful assembly
The Simferopol authorities have banned the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists from holding a rally on Lenin Square on 29 June to mark the anniversary of the birth of the Head of the Ukrainian Resistance Army Roman Shukhevych
Donetsk bodies of local self-government once again obstruct religious communities
Officials of the Executive Committee of the Donetsk City Council are putting obstacles in the way of believers holding a peaceful gathering on 1 June
Mass events will only be cancelled on the grounds of national security
The right to hold an event is granted without any permits from the local authorities. It is necessary to mere warn them within five days
Strasbourg finds that Ukraine violated the right of freedom of association
In an important judgment on 3 April in the case of Koretskyy and others v. Ukraine, the European Court of Human Rights found that Ukraine had violated Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights
Fastidious disgust but firm measures
The Eurasian Youth Union raised its ugly head in Ukraine on Friday, with the desecration of Ukrainian State emblems on Mount Hoverli in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. After photographing their “heroic deeds” , the three culprits sped out of the country in the direction of Russia
On the 65th anniversary of UPA the arguments still rage
14 October marks the official founding date of the Ukrainian Resistance Army [UPA]. An administrative court in Kyiv on Friday allowed all applications make by the Kyiv City State Administration to restrict mass actions by political factions and organizations with very different attitudes to the date
Legal assistance for NGOs
A project has been launched to provide legal advice on State registration and relations between civic organizations, religious organizations, trade unions, charities and regulatory bodies
Temporary ban on Eurasian Youth Union
A temporary court order was asked for by the Prosecutor on this Union which is notorious for its radical pro-Russian views and excesses and claimed responsibility for the removal of an UPA monument late last year
Police confirm criminal investigation over attack on picketers
Around 40 supporters of Valery Kaurovs Yedinoye Otechestvo [Common Fatherland] are believed to have beaten up the picketers, with four people hospitalized, and some of the injured including women
Criminal investigation over assault on picketers
On Sunday morning 2 September members of a peaceful picket against the restoration of a monument to Catherine the Great were attacked by supporters of Valery Kaurov “Common Fatherland” movement.. Several picketers were hospitalized.
Kyivs Mayor prohibits campaigning tents
Leonid Chernovetsky says he will not “allow Kyiv to be turned into a battleground for political opponents” and claims the tents create disorder. Various political factions have already reacted angrily and say they will take him to court
Regulations restricting peaceful assembly in Dniepropetrovsk fully quashed
The rejection of the Dnipropetrovsk city authorities appeal has hopefully knocked these most draconian regulations on the head. Now its the turn for the others.
Human rights activists win important case for freedom of assembly
A successful civil suit lodged by two human rights defenders has succeeded in quashing restrictions on peaceful assembly imposed by a local authority in contravention of the Constitution. Since violations of freedom of assembly in Ukraine are often due to such unlawful decisions by local authorities, the impact of this ruling will hopefully be major.
Lutsenko rally will take place in Kharkiv
In view of the unprecedented court order and atttitude of the city authorities, the civic movement “Narodna samooborona” [“Peoples Self-Defence”] will hold a rally in Kharkiv on 16 March, but not on the central Freedom Square, but on “Sobornist” Square
Now the ban is on the stage for Lutsenkos rally as well
The Dzherzhynsky District Court in Kharkiv has banned any stage being set up on Freedom Square. The suit was lodged by the city authorities who demanded that Fridays rally with Yury Lutsenko be banned.
Kharkiv court bans any advertising of Lutsenkos rally
The Dzherzhynsky District Court in Kharkiv has placed a ban on advertisements in the mass media for the rally of the civic movement “Narodna samooborona” [“Peoples Self-Defence”] in Kharkiv on 16 March