NB: The article was published in “Dzerkalo tyzhnya. Ukraine” newspaper No. 15 (April 22-April 27).
Many documents have been adopted in Ukraine to raise level of human rights protection and improve respective norms of the Constitution.
The list includes law on access to public information; on free legal assistance; on advocacy; on public associations; on the national preventive mechanism (empowers the public to control places of detention); the Criminal Procedural Code, which helped to adjust Ukrainian system of criminal justice in accordance with European standards.
Victory of the Revolution of Dignity provided great possibilities for further consolidation of constitutional rights of citizens in their relations with the state. This position is also proven by analysis of the National Human Rights Strategy and the Judicial System, Legal Procedure and Related Legal Institutions Reform Strategy for 2015-2020. Those documents have been signed into law by the President and the Parliament has developed detailed action plans on implementation of those strategic documents.
Though, analyzing vast changes to the legislation that occurred during last three years, it becomes clear that authorities have turned all those strategies into “useless scrap of paper” paying no attention even to the Constitution requirements (especially its second section on human rights and freedoms).
There is a timeline of cases, when authorities neglected Constitutional rights and freedoms. Continue reading “Oleksandr Banchuk: The Freedom we lose (Dzerkalo tyzhnya, No. 15)”