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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.
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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.
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The Fifth East-European NPM Conference in Lviv, UA on November 13-14, 2014

20.11.14 | KhISR

Traditionally the Conference was organized by Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches in cooperation with Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights and with financial support of OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine. This time the conference gathered about 50 delegates from Great Britain, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Georgia, Kazakhstan and of course from Ukraine. The representatives of Prosecutor Generals Office of Ukraine, Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Ministry of Interior of Ukraine, Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine, Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine, State Migration Service of Ukraine, State Court Administration of Ukraine as well as civil activists, which actively take a part in custodial settings visiting, responded to the invitation to participate in the conference.

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The Fourth East European Conference on National Preventive Mechanisms

21.11.12 | Mary Kolokolova

On November 15-16th, 2012 in Odessa the Fourth East European Conference on National Preventive Mechanisms Against Tortures and Ill-treatment was held by Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches with support of OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine and with organizational assistance of Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches held two national trainings on the monitoring of ill-treatment in custodial settings

27.09.12 | KhISR
On September 17-19th and 20-22nd, 2012 in Sudak, Crimea Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches held two national trainings on the monitoring of ill-treatment in non-liberty places. Trainings were due to support of OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, International Renaissance Foundation and Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights. About 30 representatives of non-governmental organizations from different regions of Ukraine (Crimea, Vinnytsia, Volyn, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Kyiv, Odessa, Kharkiv, Kherson, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi regions) took a part in trainings. Alongside with NGO activists there were Representatives of the Ukrainian Ombudsman.
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Preventing Torture, Upholding Dignity: from Pledges to Actions

21.11.11 | Denys Kobzin
On November 10-11th, 2011 the global Forum of the Association for Prevention of Torture Preventing Torture, Upholding Dignity: from Pledges to Actions held in Geneva. Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches represented Ukrainian experience in this sphere due to invitation of event arranging committee. We should thank the organizers of the Forum and highly appreciate the enormous work, which they have done, gathering over 300 participants from all over the world. Organizers of the Forum have successfully solved all logistical issues and allowed participants to meet, to speak out and to discuss issues about visiting of custodial institutions.
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Visiting Temporary Holding Facilities and Special Premises of Chop and Mukachevo Border Detachments on 19-20 of July 2011

03.08.11 | A. Chernousov, transl by M. Kolokolova
On invitation of International Organization for Migration representatives of KhISR took a part in monitoring visit to temporary holding facilities of Chop and Mukachevo Border Detachments on 19-20 July 2011 within the project Support to implementation of the EC readmission agreement with the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine: facilitation of assisted voluntary return and reintegration (SIREADA). Monitoring places of detention and combating ill-treatment and torture in places of detention of irregular migrants became the main accent of our participation. The delegation is also included representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, General Consulate of Hungary in Uzhgorod, Embassy of Canada, British Embassy, the State Migration Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service (SBGS) of Ukraine, Transcarpathian Regional Administrative Court, the Prosecutors Office of Transcarpathian Region, Charitable Foundation "Caritas", NGO Nika.
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The conference within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme "Combating Ill-treatment and Impunity"

07.06.11 | 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.
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Launching the Project "Inventory list of detention places as necessary precondition of NPM designation in Ukraine"

08.02.11 | Andrew Chernousov, Svetlana Shcherban
Ukraine has ratified the Optional Protocol to UN Convention Against Torture on June 21 2006. Since that date the State has to designate/establish or appoint a National Preventive Mechanism(s) against torture and ill-treatment. Proposed by the OPCAT system is basically concentrated on the prevention of torture and ill-treatment rather than on investigation and reaction on the given facts. The Protocol is based on the statement: the more transparent custody the less occurrence of torture and ill-treatment.
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