USAID launches human rights project



Why the Number of Life-Term Prisoners in Ukraine is Bigger than in Russia?

About a year ago the national mass-media made public disclosure of absolutely inconceivable comparable figures revealing the number of life-termers in Ukraine and Russia. As it turned out, Ukraine has drawn ahead of its North – Eastern neighbour with the number of 1,845 life-term prisoners versus 1,841 lifers in Russia.


USAID launches human rights project

USAID launched today a new activity addressing human rights issues in Ukraine, implemented by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU). The project seeks to empower human rights activists as they monitor and report on human rights violations in Ukraine; to provide strategic litigation in human rights cases; to raise human rights awareness among citizens; and to strengthen the Chernihiv Educational Human Rights House.


Human Rights Activists Call to Determine the Legal Status of Volunteer Battalions

Members of volunteer battalions, after the end of military operations, risk becoming defendants in cases. Indeed, their status depends entirely on the position which the authority takes up regarding them. To avoid this danger, rights advocates propose to consider the issue of legalization of battalions by law.


War – is not a Reason for Dictatorship: Human Rights Activists Warn of Danger Due to the “Laws of August 12”

Human rights activists affirm that a set of laws and draft bills, which were adopted on August 12, are potentially dangerous for the citizens of Ukraine and violate national and international statutory regulations.


The Harmony of Mr. Teriokhin. Is it Due to the Rights of Crimean Immigrants?

An interesting metamorphosis undergoes with the draft law ¹ 4032à “On creation of a free economic zone of Crimea and the peculiarities of conducting economic activity on the temporary occupied territory of Ukraine” (, which, we hope, has no chance of becoming the Law in the current form.


Defenders of the Park Named After M. Horkyi Can Be Compensated for Kharkiv Police Inaction

The Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine (VASU) has found that the materials of the case of police inaction during the beating of activists in the Park named after M. Horkyi contain no evidence of lawful actions of policemen.


Human Rights Activists Demand from Ukrainian Border Guards to Comply with the Law

In the Crimean Field Mission on Human Rights, the reception of the Centre for Civic Education "Almenda", the reception of Crimea SOS, and other public organizations obtain numerous complaints of citizens of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC), perturbed by the actions of Ukrainian border guards. We are talking about the “special attitude”, shown by the border guards to the citizens of the Crimea and Sevastopol when crossing the administrative border of the ARC.


Ukrainian Military Men, the Case of Whom is on the Priority Consideration by the European Court, were Released from Captivity

The soldiers who were captured and for whom the application was filed to the European Court of Human Rights were released. This has now become known to the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU).
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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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