Signed into Dictatorship
It is now official: the president has signed a number of bills overtly aimed at crushing peaceful protest and freedom of speech, and silencing journalists, civic activists and all active members of civil society
Legal analysis of the Jan 16 laws
This analysis of the procedural violations and infringements of Ukrainian and international legislation in the laws voted on in parliament on Jan 16 was provided to EuroMaidan SOS by a group of lawyers.
Statement from Human Rights Organizations
Law No. 3879 hastily voted on and signed on Jan 16 indicates that Ukraine has entered a period of reaction and obscurantism. This is why society will be forced to move to new forms of non-violent resistance
Yanukovych’s Dangerous Blitzkrieg
It seems likely that the president has already signed into law some of the most scandalous and disastrous bills voted on through a show of hands and multiple procedural irregularities in parliament on Thursday.
Ruling party absolves Berkut of liability for Nov 30
Among the “laws” adopted by the ruling majority during a gravely flawed parliamentary vote on Thursday was one which expands the amnesty law to cover those guilty of beating peaceful protesters and journalists on Nov 30, Dec 1 and other occasions linked with the EuroMaidan protests
Ukraine’s ruling majority slips in dangerously repressive law
A draft law “passed” in full by the ruling majority in parliament on Jan 16 criminalizes libel, labels and restricts civic associations receiving foreign grants as “foreign agents” and imposes and substantially increases liability for any forms of protest. If the president does not veto the bill, it will set Ukraine’s democracy back by years.
Peaceful protest in Kyiv and Mezhyhirya banned
Two months after Viktor Yanukovych “applauded” EuroMaidan protests, courts have once again come up with blanket bans of peaceful protest in central Kyiv, and near the president’s highly controversial residence at Mezhyhirya
Courts strip AutoMaidan activists of their licences without any grounds
AutoMaidan activists warn of their intention to apply to the European Court of Human Rights if courts continue to strip them of their driving licences for taking part in the car procession to the president’s residence at Mezhyhirya on Jan 29.
Students protest repressive checks connected with support for EuroMaidan
Students from the Kyiv National University have declared a hunger strike demanding that the state inspectorate of educational institutions terminate its unscheduled checks
Imitating Response to Attack on Freedom of Conscience
If Viktor Yanukovych’s official response to the pressure on the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and its clergy was supposed to reduce the negative fallout, it failed
Video found which shows Berkut beating up Yury Lutsenko
Journalists have found video footage which gives the lie to Interior Ministry claims and shows clearly that it was Berkut riot police who beat and seriously injured former Interior Minister and political prisoner Yury Lutsenko
Police doctor media videos to incriminate opposition
In its presentation to foreign diplomats on Jan 13 the Interior Ministry used its video footage as well as that of other media, editing the material as it pleased and adding its own additional text in an attempt to incriminate the opposition.
Repression over AutoMaidan hits even those who weren’t there
Serhiy Lukyanchuk, a driver who was not even on the AutoMaidan car procession to the president’s controversial and much guarded residence at Mezhyhirya on Dec 29 has been stripped of his licence for 3 months
Journalists summoned to traffic police over protest at Mezhyhirya
More journalists who took part in a picket of the president’s highly controversial residence at Mezhyhirya on Dec 29 have received summonses to the traffic police.
Culture Ministry threatens Church over prayers on Maidan
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church notes that for the first time in independent Ukraine the Church has been threatened with loss of its legal status
Donbas farmers complain of pressure over their support of EuroMaidan
Farmers from Donetsk who have sent money and food for the Kyiv EuroMaidan have faced questioning from the tax police and accuse the authorities of pressure
Yanukovych’s mysterious guards at Mezhyhirya
During the AutoMaidan car rally protest to Mezhyhirya, the president’s controversial residence was guarded by Berkut officers and a secretive police unit hiding any means of identification
EuroMaidan Forum takes place under siege in Kharkiv
The concluding session of a EuroMaidan Forum took place on Sunday at the Kharkiv Human Rights Group premises following major problems with finding a location and protecting around 200 participants
Faceless Berkut riot police beat up Yury Lutsenko and others
Lutsenko lost consciousness after being brutally beaten when he tried to intervene to prevent bloodshed in the conflict which arose after the verdict was announced in the gravely flawed “Vasylkiv terrorist” trial