Human Rights Activists Have Inspected Border Crossing Points and Points of Documents Reception and Processing for Passes Issue in the ATO Zone (REPORT)

Let us bring to your attention the analytical report on the results of UHHRU monitoring visit to border crossing points and points of documents reception and processing for passes issue in the ATO zone.


Human Rights Organisations Call on Deputies to Ensure Implementation of European Court Decisions

Ukraine is the European champion by the number of complaints filed with the European Court of Human Rights. The main reason for such an enormous number is non-implementation or improper implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights at the national level.


Lustration in Ukraine: Political Cleansing or a Tool of Revenge?

History is in the making in Ukraine. Since December 2013 Ukraine lived through a revolution, occupation of a part of its territory, anti-terrorist military campaign, economic turmoil and a socio-political crisis. The government of Ukraine assumes that corrupt and disloyal political elites are to be at least partially blamed for the situation in this Eastern European state. According to the authorities some of those who were instrumental supporters of the previous non-democratic regime are still occupying certain positions in the country’s administration.


Why Ukraine should refrain from pursuing the Chairman of the Constitutional Court

On 18 June, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) expressed concern over the attempt to subject the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) to prosecution after the interrogation of the Constitutional Court Justices and the seizure of documents from the CCU earlier this year.


Is there an intention to remove a norm that promotes transparency and openness from the Penal Code?

Having analyzed the Draft Law of Ukraine "On amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine concerning the enforcement of criminal penalties and the implementation of prisoners’ rights", which had been published by the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine on its website for public discussion, we have reached the conclusion that, despite the presence in its content of regulations required for the functioning of probation and ensuring individual rights of prisoners, at the same time the Draft Law contains a large amount of regressive norms from the perspective of human rights standards.


Last speech of Intigam Aliyev in the court

My distinguished lawyers touched upon the legal aspects of the criminal case launched against me with false accusations. I would like in my turn talk about the motives behind the criminal persecution, in other words, draw attention to real reasons of my arrest.


PrivatBank was forcing a man to pay void loan debt in the amount of UAH 100,000

Kyiv public counseling office of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has compelled withdrawal of lawsuit for the redemption of the non-existent loan. PrivatBank has made two attempts to charge the loan and the related interest from the person, who had not contracted any loans with the bank.


A man allowed filing an appeal in exchange for freedom

Ruslan Yakovenko shall receive more than UAH 71 thousand from the state for two extra weeks staying in Kyiv Pretrial Detention Centre and the ultimatum that has been actually delivered to him there: “He should either file an appeal from a judgement, and remain behind the bars, or reject the appeal, and then he will be released”.
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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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