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29.10.2018 , Natalya Natalina

This week the Security Service of Ukraine made another "sensational" exposure of a "FSB agent" in Ukraine. According to the special services, this "FSB agent" is the well-known public figure Timofey Nagorny. The resonating character of this case against the background of news about another increase in gas tariffs is already not that surprising. In four years Ukrainian society has got used to continuous the "exposures" of so-called "agents of the Kremlin" in the person of journalists, public figures, and even politicians of the first echelon. подробнее

27.09.2018 , Natalya Natalina

A bill that has already been registered in the Verkhovna Rada, which gives the authorities considerable tools to put pressure on, and to even close, independent TV and radio companies on the eve of elections of 2019, has gone virtually unnoticed against the background of the loud statements of president Petro Poroshenko about the need to adopt the law "On agents of the Kremlin" during his speech in parliament on September 20th. подробнее

"Everyone is guaranteed the right to freedom of thought and speech and to express their views and beliefs. Everyone has the right to freely collect, store, use, and disseminate information orally, in writing, or in any other way of one’s choosing.”

Article 34 of the Constitution of Ukraine, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The right to freedom of worldview

"Everyone has the right to freedom of worldview and religion. This right includes the freedom to profess or not profess any religion, to freely practice religious cults and ritual ceremonies alone or collectively, to conduct religious activities ... The church and religious organizations in Ukraine are separated from the state, and schools are separate from the church. No religion can be recognized by the state as mandatory."

Article 35 of the Constitution of Ukraine, Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The right to freedom of association

"Citizens have the right to freedom of association in political parties and public organizations for the exercise and protection of their rights and freedoms and for the satisfaction of political, economic, social, cultural, and other interests.”

Article 36 of the Constitution of Ukraine; Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Article 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The right to freedom of assembly

"Citizens have the right to assemble peacefully, without weapons, and to hold meetings, rallies, campaigns, and demonstrations that gave notice in advance to the Executive authorities or local bodies of self-governance."

Article 39 of the Constitution of Ukraine; Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The right to participate in political life

"Citizens have the right to take part in the management of state affairs, in all-Ukrainian and local referendums, to freely elect and be elected to bodies of state power and bodies of local self-governance. Citizens enjoy equal access to public service, as well as to service in local bodies of self-governance.”

Article 38 of the Constitution of Ukraine, Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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