Human rights defence
The newspaper ‘Day in the framework of the project ‘Public forum appealed to the readers asking them to answer the following questions:Do you know of any concrete case when civil rights were protected in Ukraine? Who assisted in the process? How realistic would it be to turn similar processes into a full-scale phenomenon? What is the role of public organizations in the legal education of citizens and in the protection of their rights? To which degree does the state machine count with public organizations, how important is their role in the society? Which human rights are abused in Ukraine most of all? Violation of human rights is mainly due to the public apathy: what can activate the public interest to this problem?
If I were asked which events of 1998 I consider principal, I would answer that it was a year of repressions against opposition press. There are many examples, but I will list the loudest: the publication of Pravda Ukrainy is suspended and Aleksandr Gorobets, the editor-in-chief, is under investigation on the charge of rape, Vseukrainskiye vedomosti stopped to exist, the court ruled to close Politika and issued the warrant to arrest Oleg Liashko, the editor-in-chief, since he did not come to the court that considered the case of libel and misuse of position on the side of the editor. Let us recollect what has happened with Politika and its editor-in-chief.