A chapter from an annual report of humar rights organizations “Human rights in Ukraine 2012”. Authored by Natalka Zubar and Olexander Severyn, doctor of law.
Freedom of Assembly
As a result in 2012 there was not a single case of court banning the assemblies in Kherson. This city is the only regional center with zero court bans of assemblies.
Short summary of monitoring of civil freedoms in Ukraine – freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of information.
If you are a political strategist in Ukraine and you really want to divide the electorate, follow the lead of President Viktor Yanukovych and his supporting cast of MPs in the parliament, primarily from his own Party of Regions and corrupt hangers-on including the Communist Party and others whose consciences are for sale to the…
The Parliament of Ukraine adopted the bill, titled, “About the Foundations of the Policies of the State in the Sphere of Languages”, with blatant violations of the parliamentary procedure and a wave of protests swept across Ukraine. Rallies and other protest actions took place in all of the Ukrainian regional (oblast) centers. And things weren’t always peaceful – but not because of those who protested.
Our monitoring had confirmed an internationally accepted viewpoint the right to peaceful assembly as one of the most endangered political freedom in Ukraine.
For most Ukrainians “mockery of justice” is still an abstract idea they cannot relate to. Unless you cross the path of someone in power you do not need to worry about it, the logic of an average citizen goes. However, mockery of justice is getting closer and closer to everyone. For example if you are trying to organize peaceful assembly…
Seven years has passed, and I’m still trying to figure out what Ukraine has achieved in that relatively short time, though still more than a third as many years that the nation has been independent. This commentary may very well be disjointed in many ways, just as the people of Ukraine have been for so many years.
Local authorities in Ukraine have no unified approach, no common practice of implementation of the right to free assembly. When citizens are trying to implement that right the authorities often violate the Constitution of Ukraine. Unnaturally high percentage of supported lawsuits of local authorities on the restriction of right to peaceful assembly could hardly mean impartiality of courts.