Miners striking in the “Krasnopilska” Mine have been joined by female colleagues
They took this step in protest at the inaction of the local authorities in paying them the wages owed for ten months work
A long and squalid wrangle over Artist Unions property
With property rights weakly protected in Ukraine, there are all too many conflicts between the authorities and individuals, civic organizations, creative unions, etc. These can be won, but perseverance is needed
No need to cancel wedding plans if you refuse to undergo a voluntary medical examination
Concern had been expressed by many members of the public, as well as human rights organizations, that while undoubtedly those planning to have children should undergo such check ups, any mandatory examination would violate peoples rights.
In the 2007 Index of Economic Freedom Ukraine drops 15 places
"Corruption is a major problem throughout the civil service, particularly for a European nation, and the bureaucracys inefficiency makes many commercial operations difficult.”
Church calls on authorities to ratify international conventions protecting migrant workers
A member of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Churchs “Justice and Peace” Commission stressed that it was vital to pay attention to the factors contributing to migration from Ukraine, these including corruption, bureaucracy, unemployment and poverty
The President ignores UHHRU call to veto law jeopardizing property rights
The reconstruction of residential areas (micro-districts) from the obsolete housing fund is to take place. Whether individuals property rights may be violated has proven a secondary consideration
6 thousand miners on strike in Donetsk
While the outstanding wages have been paid, the miners have other demands including independent status and the restoration of subsidies withdrawn in December
UHHRU call for the Presidents veto on a law which could endanger property rights
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union is convinced that the law fails to provide sufficient guarantees for citizens rights to property and housing, and that it also has a number of shortcomings which will make it difficult to apply
Long road to justice
Two women, helped by the Kherson regional branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine, have achieved victory in the European Court of Human Rights. The author points out how very frustrating it is that it was necessary to call in international arbiters to prove that a person must be paid for his or her work.
Nearly half a million children work In Ukraine
More than 456 thousand children in Ukraine are working, mainly in the illegal sectors of the economy. This is firstly in begging, but also pornography and sexual exploitation.
Internet Association calls for a veto on changes to the law on telecommunications
It considers that by reducing the list of generally available services, including fixed telephone inter-city and international connections, which are subject to state regulation, the law will narrow the rights of those on low incomes or with special social needs
Appeal from the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union concerning Reform of the System of Social Subsidies
Without reform of the system of state subsidies, the rise in tariffs will lead to at least a 10 – 20% increase in poverty among the population
Media Trade Union steps up support for journalists in the regions
Increased activity in the regions will include helping to create small trade union offices which journalists can approach for assistance and reaching agreements with local law clinics on providing legal help to journalists in difficult situations
Kharkiv journalists to argue over their jobs and press freedom in court
A representative claims that the journalists have been experiencing pressure and the owner owner has for several months been ignoring their calls to sign principles on editorial policy and a labour contract
Dnipropetrovsk trade unions propose public hearings in parliament over decent wages
They believe that existing legislation leaves too much scope for abuse by employers
Statement from the Journalist Initiative “ANTIRUIN”
As the reconstruction work still continues in the centre of Lviv, journalists have rallied to call for an end to this barbarism and to use all means in their power to inform Ukrainians and the world community of what is happening
The MIA has taken on board the UHHRU s calls for a simpler procedure for registering cars
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union had pointed out that vehicle registration on the basis of registration at ones place of residence infringes certain constitutional rights.
My legal wrangle with the municipal enterprise “Kharkiv Heating Network”
Dickens "Bleak House" in a modern Ukrainian setting: it would be humourous if the winter didnt get bitterly cold without heating!