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HUMAN RIGHTS

Despite ambitions, Ukrainian police reform struggles

12.12.17 | hromadske.ua
In 2015, Ukraine established a new National Police force to replace the countrys old, corrupt Soviet-style Militia. The move was part of the countrys reform efforts after the 2013-2014 Euromaidan Revolution. Today, however, reformers are calling into the question the progress and efficacy of the law enforcement reform.To discuss the challenges facing Ukrainian police reform, Hromadske spoke with Denys Kobzin, Director of the Kharkhiv Institute of Social Research.
English

SAFETY AND SECURITY OF RESIDENTS OF DONETSK AND LUHANSK REGIONS: CURRENT SITUATION, FACTORS, SPECIAL ASPECTS

07.12.17

In view of the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine, analysis of the security situation in local communities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions is indeed relevant. This paper brings to attention of its readers the results of the annual monitoring study covering such matters as trust in state institutions, assessment of their performance, constituents of sense of security and dynamics thereof, day-to-day problems of locals influencing that feeling, and the readiness of the population itself to stand out to secure order in their residential area.
The report may prove helpful for law enforcers, security forces, the military, social activists and everybody, who concerns about the peace saving in Ukraine.

English

Human rights defenders are anxious about low level of Roma rights protection from the police side

06.11.17

Media conference on Roma rights protection in Ukraine was conducted on November 1 at 2 p.m. at press – center «Kharkiv Today» (Myronosytska Str., 8) Unfortunately, problems such as discrimination, stereotyped attitudes and low level of Roma tolerance from the side of the population and on the part of the state agencies continue to be relevant in Ukraine. This is especially noticeable in the interaction with police agencies. At the end of last year, with the support of the European Roma Rights Center, Kharkiv Institute for Social Research conducted a study that was dedicated to this particular issue.

EVENTS

Draft laws 6674&6675 is an attack on independency of civil society organizations in Ukraine

12.07.17 | KHISR
Draft laws 6674&6675 is an attack on independency of civil society organizations in Ukraine On July 10, 2017, the Administration of the President of Ukraine submitted to the Verkhovna Rada draft Laws of Ukraine No. 6674 "On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine for providing public information on financing of the activities of civil society organizations and the use of international technical assistance" (http://w1.c1.rada.gov.ua/pls/zweb2/webproc4_1?pf3511=62214) and No. 6675 "On amending certain legislative acts concerning public information openness for the society the financing of the activities of civil society organizations and the use of international technical assistance" (http://w1.c1.rada.gov.ua/pls/zweb2/webproc4_1?pf3511=62215). Draft laws can be voted in the first reading or immediately in general. We note with indignation that these draft laws are an unconcealed attempt to strengthen the states influence on an active and independent public sector in the state through the creation of additional reporting for all civil society organizations that "receive financial and other resources and services provided on a gratuitous and irrevocable basis with the use of tax exemptions or tax-free regime". In fact, the mentioned bills make the subject of increased state regulation of those who do not receive funds from the budget, provides an injection into the Ukrainian economy at the expense of taxes, is independent of the state, and remains one of the few levers of checks and balances in society.
EVENTS

OPEN STATEMENT of UKRAINIAN NGOs Draft laws 6674&6675 is an attack on independency of civil society organizations in Ukraine

12.07.17 | KHISR
Draft laws 6674&6675 is an attack on independency of civil society organizations in Ukraine On July 10, 2017, the Administration of the President of Ukraine submitted to the Verkhovna Rada draft Laws of Ukraine No. 6674 "On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine for providing public information on financing of the activities of civil society organizations and the use of international technical assistance" (http://w1.c1.rada.gov.ua/pls/zweb2/webproc4_1?pf3511=62214) and No. 6675 "On amending certain legislative acts concerning public information openness for the society the financing of the activities of civil society organizations and the use of international technical assistance" (http://w1.c1.rada.gov.ua/pls/zweb2/webproc4_1?pf3511=62215). Draft laws can be voted in the first reading or immediately in general. We note with indignation that these draft laws are an unconcealed attempt to strengthen the state’s influence on an active and independent public sector in the state through the creation of additional reporting for all civil society organizations that "receive financial and other resources and services provided on a gratuitous and irrevocable basis with the use of tax exemptions or tax-free regime". In fact, the mentioned bills make the subject of increased state regulation of those who do not receive funds from the budget, provides an injection into the Ukrainian economy at the expense of taxes, is independent of the state, and remains one of the few levers of checks and balances in society.
HUMAN RIGHTS

Safety and security of residents of Donetsk, Lugansk and Odessa Regions: current situation, factors and special aspects

01.03.16 | KhISR
Analysis of safety and security situation of residents of Donetsk, Lugansk and Odessa Regions is extremely important and urgent in conditions of contemporary Ukraine. Readers are proposed results of the social research where are considered isssues of confidence to public institutions, evaluation of thier work; components of safety feeling; everyday residents problems, which are influencing the feeling and also readiness of the population to participate in law enforcing in their own residence area.
PUBLICATIONS

Annual Report 2016

03.04.17 | KHISR

Today KhISR has 18 years of experience, more than 50 completed projects, about 30 studies, organized more than 60 workshops and training sessions and about 40 own publications. The Institute has 12 employees, including 2 Full Doctors and 4 PhDs; interviewers network all over Ukraine (about 125 people). The organization hosts more than 30 interns each year.

English

Social Protection in the Town of Chuhuiv: The Results of a Sociological Survey

27.02.17

Analysis of the existing social protection system on the community level is particularly important in the wake of decentralization effort and the reform of social services underway in Ukraine. This publication presents an overview of problems in regulatory framework, a review of statistical data as well as the findings of the sociological survey of the social services sector in the town of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv Region.
The report may prove helpful for social staff, sociologists, public activists and all other interested parties.

 


ASSESSMENT OF POLICING IN KHARKIV AND KHARKIV REGION: CITIZENS PERCEPTION

KhISR

This study is an independent assessment of the current policing situation in Kharkiv and Kharkiv Region and confidence in the police conducted by Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches supported by Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group.

Using Public Opinion for Evaluation of Police Performance

National Survey Report

Our national survey report "Using Public Opinion for Evaluation of Police Performance" is now available in English.

Study of legal problem of Roma people in Transcarpathia and Cherkasy Regions of Ukraine

Svitlana Shcherban
Conducted researches in Ukraine demonstrated that discriminatory practices are purely distributed and actual towards particular ethnic groups. One of the most vulnerable stigmatized categories are Roma people, because most of them faced their rights violations are unable either to formulate their problems nor to protect their rights. In spite of the declared democratization processes in Ukrinae we still experiencing massive violations of Romas rights, neglecting human rights standards, humiliation of human dignity.

The conference within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme "Combating Ill-treatment and Impunity"

Maria Kolokolova
On June 2-3, 2011 the International Conference devoted discussion of the issues of developing effective complaints systems in line with European standards was held in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Conference was organized by the Council of Europe within Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe Combating ill-treatment and impunity in South Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine, in cooperation with the Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches.

SUMMARY OF THE RESEARCH MONITORING OF UNLAWFUL VIOLENCE IN MILITIA - 2010

Denys Kobzin, Andrew Chernousov
In the previous edition of the Monitoring of unlawful violence in militia - 2009 weve ascertained that Ukraine has made a number of sufficient steps forward in the direction of improving standards of human rights protection. But to our deepest regret finalizing results of year 2010, we should admit absence of any promotion of declared changes and the beginning of the dangerous reverse action.

Deaths in militia (police) custody: what to do?

Andrew Chernousov, translated by Maria Kolokolova
Deaths in militia (police) custody: what to do? For the last year the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine became a some sort of record holder: under its jurisdiction more then 50 Ukrainians DIED. Of course not all deaths were caused by militiamen, but in significant number of cases they were involved. Igor Indylo, Myhailo Stadnyk, Dmytro Yashchuk, Olexandr Razumenko this list may be continued, but all these names are combined by one disaster they DIED in militia stations