Freedom of Assembly

Ukraine President Should Resign; Sanctions Warranted if More Violence Against Protesters, Press

Dec 10th, 2013 | By

Washington December 9, 2013 Further use of force by Ukrainian authorities should lead to the immediate imposition of targeted sanctions by the United States and European Union against Ukrainian officials responsible for such actions, Freedom House said today. Freedom House also calls on President Viktor Yanukovych to offer his resignation as a way to trigger…

Ukraine’s Revolution – Sunday December 8, 2013

Dec 9th, 2013 | By

Given the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the destruction of the statue of Lenin in Kyiv today that I have been reading on Facebook, I realize that this note may not be received well by all. My thoughts may be particularly controversial to friends from outside Ukraine. Before I get into details, let me state outright:…

NATO Foreign Ministers’ statement on Ukraine

Dec 5th, 2013 | By

03 Dec. 2013 The North Atlantic Council discussed the developments in Ukraine. We follow closely the situation in the country. We condemn the use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrators in Ukraine. We call on all parties to refrain from provocations and violence. We urge Ukraine, as the holder of the Chairmanship in Office of…

US Calls on Ukraine to Listen to Its People

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

Reuters December 03, 2013 BRUSSELS — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Ukrainian government on Tuesday to “listen to the voices of its people” after President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to spurn an agreement with the European Union sparked days of massive protests. Kerry said Ukrainians had demonstrated “in unbelievable numbers” their support of…

Why did Ukraine’s Yanukovych give in to Russian pressure on EU deal?

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

Summary: Despite the desire held by many Ukrainians to be more aligned with the European Union, Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych was swayed by pressure from Russia’s Vladimir Putin to reject a free trade agreement. Judy Woodruff talks to Steven Pifer of the Brookings Institution about Yanukovych’s options for the current crisis. This interview aired on…

During #Euromaidan City Mayor of Kharkiv Unlawfully Bans All Public Assemblies

Nov 25th, 2013 | By
Euromaidan action in Kharkiv, 24 November. Photo by Alona Sokolynska

The mayor of Kharkiv Gennadiy Kernes had signed the order №76/1 banning the mass assemblies in the city motivating it by the increase of number of flu and other respiratory illnesses.

State of (un)Freedom of Assembly in Ukraine in 2012

Jun 14th, 2013 | By

This year we surveyed 567 local councils of Ukraine – all administrative centers and cities. 492 councils responded. The survey was conducted during the January – March 2013.

Human Rights Activists Appeal to Members of Parliament to Defend the Freedom of Assembly

Jun 12th, 2013 | By
Respect the Constitution of Ukraine - slogan says. Citizens are protesting against interference of police into peaceful assembly in Kharkiv.

Freedom of assembly is essential for a democratic society. The freedom of every individual to express his or her opinion directly and openly ensures pluralism of views opinion pluralism and is indispensable for an open society that we seek Ukraine to become.

Maps of (un)Freedom of Assembly in Ukraine

May 27th, 2013 | By

“Maidan Monitoring” Information Center presented the results of monitoring of observance of the right to peaceful assembly by the Ukrainian government authorities.

Two members of Democratic Alliance detained for holding peaceful rallies near Mezhyhirya

Apr 14th, 2013 | By

Over the two days two members of Democratic Alliance – the Chairman Vasyl Gatsko and the Head of Kyiv city branch Maksym Panov, were sentenced to 5 and 7 days of administrative detention for holding demonstrations near Mezhyhirya, the residence and office of President Yanukovych.