Kharkiv Mayor uses flu as pretext to ban EuroMaidan
Kharkiv’s Mayor Hennady Kernes has issued an entirely illegal directive banning all mass events in Kharkiv as an obvious attempt to put an end to the EuroMaidan demonstration protesting against the government’s about-face on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
Odessa EuroMaidan: Heavy-handed measures by police and their questionable back-up
Police enlisted down-and-outs to remove the tents and detained three of the peaceful demonstrators after the administrative court issued a blanket ban on all demonstrations
Attempts to restrict protest on Maidan
This follows a ruling obligingly provided by the District Administrative Court in Kyiv from Nov 22 to Jan 7, 2014 in an attempt to restrict the large-scale protest over the ditching by Ukraine’s leaders on Thursday of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
European Court again points to need for Ukraine to regulate peaceful assembly
Ukraine has lost a second case in the European Court of Human Rights this year highlighting the urgent need for legislative regulation of the right to peaceful assembly. Both cases were successfully represented in Strasbourg by Volodymyr Yavorskyy
2013 Record-breaker for anti-police protest
The Centre for Social Research reports that 2013 has already broken all relative and absolute records for the number of protests against police lawlessness or failure by the police to act when needed
Obstructing those who obstruct peaceful gatherings
Another attempt is due this week to legislate guarantees for freedom of peaceful assembly. Volodymyr Yavorsky is clear that either of the two draft bills tabled is better than the present absence of proper regulation
Mystery strongmen in black outside Mezhyhirya identified
So much for the Public Information Act: it’s taken five months to get an answer to a very simple question. Simple, yet sensitive, since it concerns the extraordinary measures taken to keep the public away from President Yanukovych’s controversial residence at Mezhyhirya.
Berkut forces move focus from criminals to demonstrators
The Interior Ministry Special Force Berkut was mainly created to fight dangerous criminals. In fact, however, its main task is increasingly becoming what is euphemistically referred to as protecting public order at protests.
Vradiyska Peaceful Protest Coordinator’s jail sentence “revoked”
The Kyiv Court of Appeal has revoked the sentence weeks after Vasyl Lyubarets, the initiator of the Vradiyvska protests against police violence and lawlessness served a 10 dayt term of imprisonment
Prominent civic activists jailed for five days
Prominent journalists and civic activists Ihor Lutsenko and Yehor Sobolev have been jailed for 5 days over a peaceful, f unconventional, attempt to draw attention to the refusal to call new elections for Kyiv Mayor and City Council
Head of Transparency International in Ukraine fined for peaceful protest
Administrative charges have been brought against Oleksiy Khmara, Executive Director of Transparency International in Ukraine in connection with a protest on 24 July outside the President’s Administration in Kyiv
Vradiyska Peaceful Protest Coordinator jailed for 10 days
Judge Andzor Saadulaev from the Shevchenkivsk District Court in Kyiv has jailed the initiator of the Vradiyvska protests against police violence and lawlessness, Vasyl Lyubarets. He is supposed to have infringed the rules for holding peaceful gatherings.
Outrage and police excuses over Berkut violence against journalist
There have been protests over the quite disproportionate actions of the Berkut officers against peaceful demonstrators including a Channel 5 film crew protesting against police lawlessness and violence
Berkut riot police disperse peaceful protest on Independence Square
4 busloads of Berkut special unit officers arrived at 23.30 and immediately surrounded the protesters. Around 200 people had come out to express their anger at the actions of the police
Conviction for anti-Yanukovych banner overturned
On 16 July the Kyiv Court of Appeal revoked the quashed the conviction of four activists from the Democratic Alliance Party over a protest along the route taken by Yanukovych’s cortege involving a banner reading “Yanukovych, get out of Kyiv”.
More Clashes with police and protesters’ versions differing radically
Throughout the weekend the police denied widely circulated accounts of police violence against a woman activist on Friday and threatened prosecution against those who stormed the Svyatoshyno Police Station on Friday evening
Abuse of National Security
A law on peaceful assembly is undoubtedly needed, but can only provide deceptive gloss where the courts restrict the fundamental right to peaceful protest claiming that this is in defence of people’s right to peace and quiet, or citing nebulous considerations of “national security”.
Blanket ban on protest outside President’s Administration
The District Administrative Court in Kyiv has decided that the mother of a disabled child poses a threat to national security and public order and has banned any peaceful protests at all outside the President’s Administration until the end of the year
Ban on any peaceful assembly upheld
The Kyiv Court of Appeal on 20 June 2013 upheld a court order banning any peaceful protest outside the Prosecutor General’s Office for two months