THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND OPINION IN UKRAINE: THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES

According to the results of monitoring in April-August 2018, the human rights platform «Uspishna Varta» recorded 99 violations of political rights and freedoms. From these, 62 cases (63%) were related to the violation of the right to freedom of speech and opinion.

28% of all recorded violations of political rights and freedoms involved right-wing radical organizations, primarily C14, “National Druzhina”, “Bratstvo”, “Right Sector”, etc. In general, the collective actions of law enforcement agencies (SBU, the Prosecutor General’s office, the State Border Service, and the National Police) led to the violation of political rights and freedoms in 26% of recorded cases.

41% of the recorded cases (40) violated the rights of journalists – both Ukrainian and foreign; in addition, the rights of some media companies were also violated (15 cases, 16%). Among the categories of persons whose rights are violated it is also necessary to mention political parties and/ or individual politicians (mainly the left-wing ideological agenda), as well as public activists (13% and 10% of the recorded facts, respectively).


THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND OPINION IN UKRAINE: THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES


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