Entitled to wheelchair access
Disabled access – or the lack of it – remains a major problem in Ukraine where public buildings often don’t even have ramps. Dmytro Zharyi has experienced this himself and he’s not prepared to tolerate it
Ukrainian Railways heed human rights organization’s objections to cuts
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has received a letter from Ukrzaliznytsa [Ukrainian Railways] agreeing to reinstate one important routes. Others still need to be fought for
UHHRU concerned over consequences of railway cuts
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has issued a statement expressing concern over the significant decrease in the number of train routes offered by Ukrainian Railways [Ukrzaliznytsa] and is asking the company’s management to reconsider
Calls for modern system of registration
The President, government and parliament will soon be receiving an appeal to reform the present practice of registering citizens. The appeal was drawn up by participants in a forum of civic organizations entitled “What rights does a person without an internal passport have?”
Tymoshenko prevented from visiting voters within Ukraine
On the same day that the media reported plans by the European Parliament to hold a debate on “the cases of Yulia Tymoshenko and other members of the former government”, the Prosecutor General’s Office refused to allow Tymoshenko to travel on a working visit to the Lviv region
Small business owners once again protest in Kyiv
Over 200 organizations and trade unions supported Thursday’s protest action “Vpered!” [“Forward] outside parliament. Small and medium business owners say that the actions of the authorities are depriving them of their work and that they have no option but to protest
Transport companies “strongly advised” not to carry protesters to Kyiv
The Union of Transport Firms and Union of Drivers are calling on the traffic police to not obstruct the movement of people taking part in the 19 May protest amd on the media to ensure objective coverage of all preparations for it
Reports again rife that police stopped demonstrators reaching their destinations
On 27 April , the anniversary of the contentious Kharkiv Accords and the day that Freedom House published a report sounding the alarm over the decline of democracy under President Yanukovych, there were reports that people were prevented from attending peaceful demonstrations
More reports of traffic police used to stop protesters
According to the head of one group of protesters, Mykola Zaharchuk, traffic police have again been used this time near Kirovohrad to stop coaches with Tax Code protesters heading for Kyiv
Traffic Police again used against demonstrators
The number of transport firms with non-roadworthy vehicles trying to leave Cherkasy, Lviv and many other cities to reach the demonstration in Kyiv would be frightening were it not so entirely improbable.
Traffic police accused of preventing 140 coaches with protesters from coming to Kyiv
According to the organizers of the protest actions on Maidan Nezalezhnosti [Independence Square], the police prevented 140 coaches with people from various regions from reaching Kyiv for the protest against the Tax Code
Authorities prevent protesters against the Tax Code from reaching Kyiv
For the third time in recent months, reports are coming in of the police, tax and other regulatory bodies being used to obstruct the planned protest on 22 November against the Tax Code
MIA denies any obstruction by traffic police
The Minister of Internal Affairs has, in response to a deputys query, asserted that an official check by the MIA found that there had been no cases where the traffic people obstructed believers of the Orthodox Church under the Kyivan Patriarchate. No explanation for specific cases cited was given
Traffic police and SBU again obstructing protesters?
Ukrainians trying to reach the opposition demonstration in Kyiv report pressure from the traffic police and heightened interest from the SBU [Security Service]
How the Traffic Police do not ensure safe travelling
The traffic police have almost certainly now been used twice to deny citizens their most fundamental human rights. With local elections looming, the consequences of ignoring such violations surely do not need to be spelled out
Call for investigation into police obstruction of supporters of the Kyiv Patriarchate
The Minister of Internal Affairs should carry out a thorough check into numerous violations by the police of the rights of believers from the Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate [UOC KP) during their attempted pilgrimage to Kyiv to celebrate the Baptism of Kyivan Rus.
Administrative Court bans MIA from destroying internal passports
The Administrative Court has issued a judgment stating that “A passport is the property of a Ukrainian citizen”, and in accordance with Article 41 § 4 of the Constitution nobody can be unlawfully deprived of their right of ownership
Is Ukraine planning to extradite its own citizen?
Dont go with your internal passport and dont come back for one! Ukrainian national Viktor Kardash has run into a bizarre situation with potentially serious consequences
Why does the MIA remove and destroy citizens internal passports?
Ukrainians who leave the country permanently do not lose their citizenship. Yet according to an instruction from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, their internal passport (i.e. identity document) is taken away and destroyed
Polish court finds in favour of its border guards
The District Court in the Polish city of Zgozhelets has rejected the claim brought by Ukrainian national Irina Fris against Polish border guards and declared that her detention on 7 January this year for entering Poland without an entry visa was lawful. Irina Fris is planning to appeal