Chornobyl clean-up workers: reduction of disability status for social protest?
An apparent attempt to forcibly subject active members of the former Chornobyl clean-up workers movement to medical examination, and possibly reduce their disability status, is yet another of the worrying means used against those asserting their rights
Can you really achieve nothing by protesting?
The Centre for Society Research has noted some of the victories over recent months achieved by protesters. Some concessions over social payments must however be set against worrying uses of, for example, criminal investigations and the police
War against Corruption lost from the outset
Oleh Yeltso examines the new State anti-corruption programme which allocates less than 100 million EUR for all effots against corruption over 4 years, and allocates almost all the money to one ministry for an at very least non-transparent purpose
About-face by Constitutional Court on social payments
Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has declared it constitutional for the Cabinet of Ministers to be allowed to determine the size of social payments depending on the financial resources available.
Analyst: New Law will assist illegal seizures and Yanukovych with Mezhyhirya
Roman Kuybida, Deputy Head of the Centre for Political and Legal Reform, believes that Law No. 9635, just adopted, on Procedure for Court Proceedings makes it possible to ensure possession of property received through dubious court rulings
Verkhovna Rada extends moratorium on sale of agricultural land
Human rights defenders have reported that these moratoriums leave owners of small amounts of land deprived of the possibility of disposing of their property, while there are shadow set ups for selling or changing the designated purpose of the land
Chornobyl’s Ongoing Victims
The recent efforts by the government to win over some members of the former Chernobyl clean-up workers’ movement and to marginalize others have coincided with worrying use of the police in Kharkiv against certain “dissident voices” within the movement
Chornobyl activists questioned all day, summoned for Saturday
The leader of the Kharkiv former Chornobyl clean-up workers, Vladimir Proskurin believes the police actions were aimed at stopping him attending the Chornobyl Union of Ukraine conference and opposing the leadership of a person seen by many as selling out the protest movement
Another Chornobyl clean-up activist detained
Another leader of the Kharkiv former Chornobyl clean-up workers, Petro Prokopenko has been detained while attending the NGO Chornobyl Union of Ukraine conference and is being brought to Kharkiv. The police statement claiming that Vladimir Proskurin has been released is not correct.
Cynical measures against former Chornobyl clean-up workers in Kharkiv
Kharkiv former Chornobyl clean-up workers active in the protests against cuts and non-payment of social benefits have received summonses from the Kharkiv Regional MIA CID as witnesses in a criminal investigation. With no grounds whatsoever in law one has been forcibly taken in for questioning
Social benefits protests meet with carrot and baton
The Centre for Society Research has analyzed the protests over the last 2 weeks over reduction or non-payment of social benefits and what they show about the tactics being used by the authorities
Donetsk: Police again forcibly dismantle protesters’ tent
There were five men inside when the officers brought the tent down exactly two weeks after a protester died minutes after a similar storm and forced dismantling of a tent in which former Chornobyl clean-up workers were holding a hunger strike protest
Donetsk Authorities make offers to some in order to stop the protests
Some of the former Chornobyl clean-up workers in Donetsk who have been on hunger strike in protest at the cutting of their pensions have decided to suspend their protest in return for two months pension
Prosecutor finds no crime in death of Donetsk hunger striker Gennady Konoplyov
The Donetsk Regional Prosecutor asserts that no cause and effect link between the actions of the MIA, Emergencies Ministry or doctors and the death of Gennady Konoplyov has been found, and that the forcible dismantling of the tent Mr Konoplyov and others were in was entirely lawful .
10 Chornobyl clean-up protesters taken to hospital
One of the protesters has told reporters that they are not planning to stop their hunger strike and that more and more people are coming to support them. At present in the Mariyinsky Park about 30 former Chornobyl clean-up workers are on hunger strike
Do the Elderly have access to the justice system?
The Sociological Laboratory of the Kherson Regional Branch of the Committee of Voters recently carried out research to find out whether the justice system in Ukraine is available to the elderly
Report on the Donetsk Events: Police have not proven their innocence
The report on the events which culminated in the death of protester Gennady Konoplyov who was on hunger strike in solidarity with former Chornobyl clean-up workers points to clear infringements of the right to peaceful assembly and to the near for a thorough investigation by the MIA with public participation
Chornobyl clean-up workers set up tent camp protest in Lviv
Former Chornobyl clean-up workers have set up tents outside the Lviv Regional Office of thel Pension Fund. They are demanding payment of their pensions in full and the dismissal of the Head of the Regional Office
Peaceful protesters outside the Cabinet of Ministers get another police visitation
The police have for the second time drawn up protocols on administrative offences against the former Chernobyl clean-up workers on hunger strike near the Cabinet of Ministers’ building in Kyiv
GRECO calls for improved anti-corruption legislation and greater transparency of political funding.
The Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption warns that determined action in the area of political financing is clearly required in order to foster citizens’ trust in Ukraine’s democratic system, its politicians and political parties