To save budget funds, victims of the Chornobyl disaster in Chernihiv were unlawfully deprived of their rights
Family members of ATO participants are not paying for housing and communal services in Chernihiv region
IOM and U.S. helping to protect victims of trafficking in Chernihiv Region
A courtroom equipped with technical facilities for the remote broadcasting of victims’ and witnesses’ testimonies was inaugurated in May 2011 in the Chernihiv Region Court of Appeals. In addition, a specially outfitted separate room for persons being held in connection with a crime during court proceedings was opened. The installed equipment enables the complete separation of witnesses and victims from other court process participants in criminal cases related to human trafficking and other grievous crimes. This technical innovation is a huge step forward: at present, the majority of victims and witnesses of crimes related to human trafficking do not cooperate with law enforcement due to fear for their personal safety.
Counter-Racism Programs in Ukraine Defend Refugees
The ABA ROLI-supported counter-racism programs continue to help refugees and foreigners assert their rights.
Early 2011, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) awarded advocacy grants to seven Ukrainian non-governmental organizations as part of its program to combat xenophobia and racism. The ABA ROLI-supported programs—some of which are in full swing while others are coming to a close—have been successful.
In June 2011, a Palestinian national sought assistance from one of the grantees, the Chernihiv Public Committee for Human Rights Protection. Staff at the Chernihiv City Hospital refused him emergency medical assistance despite his refugee status, which would qualify him for the medical service. The committee filed an official complaint with the local public health department. Subsequent negotiations enabled the man to be admitted and treated at the hospital, with the Red Cross covering his expenses.
Legal Assistance for Victims of Racism and Hate Crimes
Chernihiv Public Committee for Human Rights Protection continues activity on giving legal aid to victims of hate crimes and violence.
The program goal is to protect the victims of racism and hate crimes, prevention of such crimes by giving free legal aid and other assistance to the vulnerable groups in Chernihiv Region as well as to the foreigners detained in the “Rozsudiv” Migrants Accommodation Center in Chernihiv Region. For this purpose there will be carried out a number of human rights, education and information actions with the participation of the representatives of interested parties: minorities, refugees, migrants, policemen and border guards, NGO activists and wide sections of the population.
Volyn border guards, policemen and judges get trained to respect for human rights of migrants and asylum seekers
On 6-8 October, 2010, a series of trainings on the theme “Protection of Migrants’ and Asylum Seekers’ Rights. EU-Ukraine Readmission Agreement Implementation” for border guards, policemen and judges held in Volyn Region of Ukraine.
The following themes were highlighted: rights of migrants detained for violation of migration law (right to an effective remedy, interpreter’s assistance and right to appeal decision of authorities); international and national standards of treatment of illegal migrants; legal and institutional base on readmission in Ukraine and EU countries’ experience; problem of ill-treatment in the context of combating irregular migration and counter-traffcking; respect for human rights in the activity of law enforcement agencies, etc.
Preventing Ill-Treatment of Migrants in the context of EU-Ukraine Readmission Agreement Implementation
Chernihiv Public Committee of Human Rights Protection launches new project “Advocacy Campaigning for Prevention of Human Rights Abuses of Irregular Migrants and Persons being in Readmission Procedure in Ukrainian Detention Facilities”.
The process of counteracting illegal migration is connected with the necessity to keep detained illegal migrants in closed facilities in custody (as a rule, in the temporary accommodation centers for the foreigners and stateless persons). Sometimes it leads to violation of human rights, and in some cases, to inhuman or degrading treatment of migrants. Until recently, this problem was exclusively connected with the migrants detained on the territory of Ukraine. But a new page in the issues of respect of human rights of detained irregular migrants was opened by Ukraine on January 1, 2010 when the readmission agreement between the EU and Ukraine has come into effect.
Chernihiv Court revokes curfew for minors
The Desnyansky District Court in Chernihiv ruled that a curfew for minors was unlawful and that the Chernihiv Regional Council had violated citizens’ constitutional right to freedom of movement.
The Decision of the Council “On restricting children’s presence in recreational establishments, public eating places, computer clubs, on the streets and other public places” from 24 December 2009 in prohibiting children under the age of 14 from being on the street and other public places without their parents after 22.00, and from 14 to 16 — after 23.00, was declared unlawful.
Nazi maniac killed three persons in Chernihiv, Ukraine, on the day of 121st anniversary of Hitler
The press managed to learn the details of commission of crimes and detention of Chernihiv (Ukraine) maniac-Nazi schizophrenic, who in the evening of April 20, 2010, on the day of 121st anniversary of Hitler, killed with a shovel three elderly people (60-80 years). Another victim, a man aged 45, a former military man, beat off the maniac. He is alive, although his head is injured. The source, close to the investigative operational group from the central office of the Interior Ministry, told about it, writes Segodnya.
EU invests improvement of Rozsudiv migrants detention centre in Chernihiv region of Ukraine
The European Union has recently invested EUR 140 000 for further improvement of two existing detention centres in Rozsudiv (Chernihiv oblast) and Zhuravichi (Volyn oblast).
In both centres modern perimeter security systems were installed. In addition, Rozsudiv DC received power stabilizators to eliminate problems with electricity supply and to ensure optimal functioning of the provided security equipment. Zhuravichi DC received tourniquet system with registration cards for migrants, electronic door locking system, security window tapes and bars for dormitories.