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Summary of the research Survey of public opinion as an evaluation tool of militia efficiency in Kharkiv City-2010

08.02.11 | Andrew Chernousov
Summary of the research Survey of public opinion as an evaluation tool of militia efficiency in Kharkiv City-2010 This regional study is a response to one of the biggest challenges in Ukraines law enforcement of today, videlicet: development of new methods for evaluating the performance of law enforcement. This is related to the fact that many negative practices in the police force arise of the need to meet the targets set for crime detection rates or, conversely, to retain the number of reported crimes. That is why one of the objectives of the study was to develop an alternative method of evaluation, rather than to take a direct measurement of the police performance.


08.02.11 | Denys Kobzin
For the research weve selected 5 regions, which are structurally represented different parts of Ukraine: Lviv, Kharkiv, Poltava, Kiev and Crimea. In each region in the course of mass survey were conducted 600 face-to-face interviews in randomized sample. Thus, in Donetsk Region the survey was conducted in Regional centre, 5 other Regional Cities, one settlement and three villages; in Kiev Region in Kiev, four cities of the Region, one settlement and 4 villages; in Lviv in Regional Centre, three Regional Cities, one settlement and 11 villages; in Odessa in the Regional Centre, three Regional Cities, one settlement and 9 villages; in Kharkiv in the Regional Center, three Regional cities, one settlement and six villages. Viewing purposes and goals, characteristics of the research object, in the given sociological survey was used two-level sampling with use of systematic sampling on the first stage and randomized sampling on the second stage. On the first step of sampling from general population, represented by lists of addresses of households by using the systematic selection were selected 180 starting points of respondents. These starting points were the beginning for the respondent chain consisting of 5 addresses. On the second step of the sampling (selecting respondents in households) was used procedure of randomized sampling the nearest birthday in the household. Parameters of the sample as a whole reflect the model of general population and meet requirements of representativeness. Sampling error is not exceeding 0,5%. This gives us an opportunity to spread all conclusions of the research to the whole general population with an error of 0,5%. All research data were mathematically processed with use of statistic package of SPSS (ver.13.0).



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.


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