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President awarded and congratulated women

Posted by the Editor on March 8, 2006


News / 8 March 2006 | 16:20

President awarded and congratulated women

President awarded and congratulated women

In Mariinsky Palace, President Victor Yushchenko, Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov, Secretariat Chief of Staff Oleh Rybachuk and Culture Council Member Vyacheslav Bryukhovetsky took part in a ceremony to decorate Ukraine’s eminent women. They were rewarded for an outstanding contribution to cultural and social development, self-denying work and motherly loyalty.

Addressing those present, the Chief of State said women played an important role in all aspects of our country’s life and cited a few famous names.

“Ukraine is proud of its women,” he said, President’s press office reported.

The President congratulated all ladies on International Women’s Day and wished them happiness and welfare.

Following the ceremony, a new variety of tulip, Victor Yushchenko, was presented by Dutch breeders. This flower with orange petals began to bloom six weeks ago. Its official certificate says, “This variety of tulip is orange and reminds us of the Orange Revolution.” Among other personalities honored to have a personal flower are: George Bush, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein, Diana Ross, Queen Elisabeth II and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Frank Timmerman, Director of the Innovatory Tulips Company, said this flower was a token of respect for the president and his nation and was meant to inspire Ukrainians on their way to democracy.

The Head of State appreciated this gesture: “This is not only the manmade creation but also the means to support Ukraine.”

Kateryna and Vitalina Yushchenko attended the ceremony.

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International Women’s Day – Red card to forced prostitution

Posted by the Editor on March 8, 2006


News / 8 March 2006 | 12:42

International Women's Day - Red card to forced prostitution

International Women’s Day – Red card to forced prostitution

Strasbourg, 07.03.2006 – With a view to tomorrow’s International Women’s Day, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly President René van der Linden today urged the organisation’s member states as well as the European Community to adhere to the Convention on action against trafficking in human beings. “Whilst fully supporting all current initiatives for a ‘red card to forced prostitution’, I hope we can avoid yellow cards for our member states for not having taken the necessary legal action to prevent trafficking in general, and forced prostitution in particular,” he said.

Mr van der Linden stressed that after drugs and arms, trafficking in human beings represents the third most lucrative criminal business. Estimates of the number of victims vary from 120 000 to 500 000. “In Europe, trafficking in human beings is above all synonymous with forced prostitution. This form of modern-day slavery replaces chains by rape, psychological terror and complete dependence through the deprivation of the women’s personal and civil identity. These are unbearable facts. Forced prostitution is a crime and a blatant violation of human rights,” Mr van der Linden said.

“On the occasion of this year’s World Cup in Germany, a strong temporary rise in the demand for sexual services is expected. This represents a considerable risk of an increase in forced prostitution,” he added.

“The Council of Europe Convention on action against trafficking in human beings offers the necessary legal means to prosecute traffickers, to better protect victims, safeguard their rights and to fight trafficking. It was opened for signature on 16 May 2005, but has so far been signed by only 25 out of the 46 member states and not ratified by any member state. It is high time to take resolute action. As the organiser of the World Cup, Germany could take the lead and set an example by ratifying the Convention,” René van der Linden concluded.

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President presides over NSDCU meeting

Posted by the Editor on March 8, 2006


News / 8 March 2006 | 10:30

President presides over NSDCU meeting

President presides over NSDCU meeting

Victor Yushchenko presided over a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. Its Secretary, Anatoly Kinakh, presented conceptual fundamentals to reform Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies, which had been formulated by international experts representing the National Commission for the Promotion of Democracy and Rule of Law and American Bar Association. One of the most important reforms is to establish a national service of investigation. Mr. Kinakh said the approval of the concept “will allow us to confidently start to reform the law enforcement system and create favorable conditions for developing Ukraine as a legal and democratic state.”

The President said the law enforcement system should be profoundly reformed and pointed out that Ukrainians still distrusted militia officers. Yushchenko opined that the system remained too politicized and lacked transparency.He said most of the letters he received from the citizens of Ukraine concerned the inability of these agencies to preserve law and order.

“You must explain the logic of government to the people,” he said and added that reforms in law enforcement agencies were tremendously important for Ukraine’s national security.

The Chief of State urged them to formulate a specific plan to introduce efficient reforms. He also remarked that the reform would help more rationally use budget funds. The President then stressed that it would be successful if law enforcement agencies were aware of the necessity to rebuild the sector.

 
Yushchenko asked them to improve the presented concept within fifteen days and said he wanted to see a detailed description of measures in each department.
 
“I want to see an action plan for each law enforcement department,” he said, President’s press office reported.

Then they discussed ways to preserve stability on the domestic oil market and focused their attention on finding mechanisms to promote investment and prevent oil monopolies.

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President of Ukraine presided over NSDCU meeting

Posted by the Editor on March 8, 2006


News / 8 March 2006 | 10:04

President of Ukraine presided over NSDCU meeting

President of Ukraine presided over NSDCU meeting

Victor Yushchenko presided over a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. Its Secretary, Anatoly Kinakh, presented conceptual fundamentals to reform Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies, which had been formulated by international experts representing the National Commission for the Promotion of Democracy and Rule of Law and American Bar Association. One of the most important reforms is to establish a national service of investigation. Mr. Kinakh said the approval of the concept “will allow us to confidently start to reform the law enforcement system and create favorable conditions for developing Ukraine as a legal and democratic state.”

The President said the law enforcement system should be profoundly reformed and pointed out that Ukrainians still distrusted militia officers. Yushchenko opined that the system remained too politicized and lacked transparency.He said most of the letters he received from the citizens of Ukraine concerned the inability of these agencies to preserve law and order, the President press office reports.

“You must explain the logic of government to the people,” he said and added that reforms in law enforcement agencies were tremendously important for Ukraine’s national security.

The Chief of State urged them to formulate a specific plan to introduce efficient reforms. He also remarked thatthe reform would help more rationally use budget funds. The President then stressed that it would be successful if law enforcement agencies were aware of the necessity to rebuild the sector.

 
Yushchenko asked them to improve the presented concept within fifteen days and said he wanted to see a detailed description of measures in each department.
 
“I want to see an action plan for each law enforcement department,”he said.

Then they discussed ways to preserve stability on the domestic oil market and focused their attention on finding mechanisms to promote investment and prevent oil monopolies.

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Arson attack at editor’s home appears linked to her work

Posted by the Editor on March 8, 2006


News / 8 March 2006 | 10:00

Arson attack at editor's home appears linked to her work

Arson attack at editor’s home appears linked to her work

An arson attack at the home of leading journalist Lilia Budjurova, editor of the weekly Pervaya Krimskaya, was most likely linked to her work, said Reporters Without Borders, urging the authorities to take the professional lead into account, Reporters Without Border informed.

The attack on the home of Budjurova, who chairs Crimea’s Association of Independent Journalists, was made overnight on 28 February-1st March 2006, in Simferopol, capital of the autonomous republic of Crimea.

Fire broke out at around 1am, after petrol was thrown in front of the garage on the ground floor of her home. The journalist was at work and her car was not inside. Members of her family, woken by the smell of smoke, managed to put out the fire before it destroyed the house.

Budjurova said on the phone that one of her family looked out of a window and saw two men running away.

In the latest issue of the newspaper, which has a circulation of 32,000, it carried the list of candidates to parliamentary elections in Crimea on 26 March, having previously had problems with Ukrainian courts. Budjurova said she was convinced that publication of the list obtained from the interior ministry, was behind the arson attack.

“I am certain that the fire is linked to my professional work,” she told Reporters Without Borders. “I am not a businesswoman and I have neither enemies nor personal problems. On the other hand we were the only ones to carry that list.”

“I don’t know if the fire was meant to intimidate me or to really threaten my life, but the smoke it produced could have had tragic consequences for members of my family who were in the house,” she said.

Budjurova is a prominent journalist in Ukraine and an activist for journalists’ rights, particularly in Crimea. She protested about the imprisonment in June 2005 of editor of the weekly Yevpatoriskaya Nedelia, Volodymyr Lutiev, for which stance she received telephone threats.

President Viktor Yuschchenko told interior minister Yuri Lutsenko that he would take personal charge of the case.

“Acts of intimidation are frequent in Ukraine, particularly during election campaigns,” the press freedom organisation said. “It seems that Lilia Budjurova may have paid for her investigative work. We urge the authorities to investigate this case and to take the professional lead into account”.

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