On August 15, the National Agency on Corruption Prevention of Ukraine launched an online asset declaration system to facilitate the transparent reporting of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian officials of their income. However, this e-declaration system was launched after it was refused as safe and deemed noncompliant with the law.
Right to Know
As Baku proudly hosts a regional forum debating the future of internet, the authorities continue to harass local activists trying to draw attention to the country’s shocking human rights. The government of Azerbaijan should use the Regional Internet Governance Forum as an opportunity to free detained and imprisoned journalists and activists, decriminalize libel, and end “witch hunt” on human rights NGOs, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) said today.
Here is a short educational movie we sent to all members of European Parliament today. We would be grateful as usual for sharing this movie with your MPs and other people you consider influential in this case.
Major problems in practice of implementation of the Law “On access to public information” in UkraineSep 29th, 2011 | By pani
Most of legislative acts adopted by central and local governments in order to implement the law “On access to public information”, violate that law by itself and restrict the right to access the information about the government activities which is guaranteed by that law.
Citizens and organizations in Ukraine have a right to appeal to Constitutional Court for official interpretation of Constitution and laws. In 2003-2010 there were 2617 such appeals registered. 2446 were returned to senders for “revisions” and only in 32 cases they were accepted for legal proceedings (and 3 of them were closed later). Maidan got these…
The analysis of information obtained raises questions about Parliament’s spending. Due to different yearly reports format it’s impossible to tell why Parliament’s expenditures had raised 17% or 116 millions from 2009 to 2010. One of component of this raise is reconstruction of one of Parliament’s building priced 8 times higher than market prices for similar works.
The first phase of a project on ensuring the public’s right of access to information about the activities of the authorities carried out by the “Maidan” Alliance and the Civic Information and Methodology Centre “Vsesvit” [“Universe”] identified disturbing, if sometimes also absurd, discrepancies in how various State bodies interpreted the same norms of the Constitution and laws
On July 7, a representative of Maidan Alliance filed his first formal lawsuit against the President of Ukraine. This was done after the President had failed to provide a mandatory reply to a request of information regarding terms of de-classifying the so-called “secret ordinances” of the government. If the Ukrainian powers-that-be continue to ignore legitimate questions from human rights activists, they run the risk of getting a surge of lawsuits from those who supported Yushchenko at polls and on the streets.