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Weekly Briefer by Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Human Rights in Action Program


Lawyer vs. Client. How to Guard Against Poor Quality of Legal Services?

The problem of providing low-quality legal services has always been relevant in Ukraine. Therefore, to solve it a new law “On the Bar and Advocate’s Activity” was adopted on July 5, 2012 and a year before – the Law “On Free Legal Aid”. Despite this, the number of cases of unfair execution by the lawyers their duties before their clients starting from the banal case delay, incompetence and ending in outright fraud, did not decrease. Below you can find several aspects that attracted attention of Mariia Tsypiashchuk, a lawyer and coordinator of the Public Office of UHHRU in Rivne*.


Will Separatists Obtain Access to Personal Data of Ukrainian Volunteers?

For the second year in a row the MIA is trying to make passengers of “Ukrzaliznytsia” enter their passport details in a ticket.However the trend of this season is that not all Ukrainians but the Crimeans as well as citizens of Regions of Donetsk and Lugansk will suffer infringement of privacy. As the UHHRU found out from confidential sources, the MIA requires from “Ukrzaliznytsia” to collect information about the passengers who travel in these directions, and to transfer them.


400 Crimean Prisoners Appealed to the Ombudsman Requesting to Protect Their Right to Ukrainian Citizenship

Today we have a difficult situation with penal institutions in Crimea that is occupied by Russia. However, compared with the problems penal colonies and detention facilities in Regions of Donetsk and Lugansk are facing now under the conditions of hostilities, it looks rather different. In fact, after the annexation of the peninsula four correctional custody facilities remained and continue working in its territory, but they have a different national flag and legislation. Due to that a number of serious problems have blown up for convicts and suspects.


World Expert in the European Court Will Work with UHHRU

Team of Philip Leach, one of the most famous in the world expert in the field of the European Court, along with the lawyers of Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union will work on the matters of civic activists who have been held captive by separatists in Slovyansk. Appropriate statements of claim are already submitted to the ECHR.


The European Court Has Allowed Aviators to Strike. Are Railroad Workers, Doctors, and Civil Servants Next In Turn?

Employees of Ukrainian airlines obtained an opportunity to express indignation openly with actions of employers and to strike. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the case "Tymoshenko and others v. Ukraine" made a stand for aviators, while local servants of Themis previously thought that aviation industry is not a place for the labour rights protection. Even in connection with long term arrears of wages, inadequate working conditions, etc.


Why Do Not the Benefits for the ATO Participants Work?

Participants of the ATO are entitled to benefits. However, they cannot use them. This is evidenced by numerous applications filed by them to the legal affairs receptions of Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU).


The European Court Defended the Right of Ukrainians to Strike

Ukrainians have received authorization from the European Court to publicly express indignation at the actions of the employer. The court defended the right of “Aerosvit” employees to strike and awarded them compensation of 20 thousand EUR.
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Open appeal of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union regarding the creation of a Public Council attached to the Interior Ministry

On Sunday 27 January 2013 a general meeting was held to form a Public Council attached to the Interior Ministry. This resulted in twenty five of the 35 representatives of civic institutions allowed to the meeting, among them a member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union being elected.


Human rights organizations speak out on sentencing of Yulia Tymoshenko

Human rights organizations have on many occasions expressed concern regarding the political grounds for the criminal prosecution of former government officials. On 11 October the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv issued its verdict against Yulia Tymoshenko, sentencing her to seven years imprisonment over the signing of gas accords with Russia.


On Flagrant Violation of Freedom of Expression in Kharkiv

On 13 September 2011 three Kharkiv TV companies – ATN, Fora and ATVC – were simultaneously removed from air. All three are engaged in independent journalist activities and regularly broadcast criticism of the local authorities and various State bodies. The simultaneous silencing under various pretexts of these three TV companies makes it impossible to doubt the political commissioning of the move.
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