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Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) may take control of Ukrainian segment of the Internet

Posted by the Editor on May 27, 2006


News / 27 May 2006 | 15:56

Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) may take control of Ukrainian segment of the Internet

Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) may take control of Ukrainian segment of the Internet

The Head of the SBU Special Telecommunication Systems and Information Protection Kostyantyn Boyko reckons it is necessary to introduce regulations within the Ukrainian segment of the World Wide Web. He initiates such innovation in order to avoid the threat to the national safety of Ukraine.

“If a precedent happens, we will be responsible for it. Anyway we will realise the necessity of some regulations over the Internet. I suppose, the rules of game should be settle right now. Particularly, we should address the virtual activity licensing,” stressed Boyko.

According Boyko, if the office information-technical equipment is connected to the Internet it means that anyone may access to all e-documents. “Thereby, a person may steal and publish confidential information. Moreover, one can provoke a faulty operation of the strategic objects via the Wide World Web,” emphasised Boyko.

“Nuclear power plants, energy sector, transport -all these are connected to the Internet, any attack on these objects may cause destroying consequences. That is why I reckon the Internet really threatens economic welfare and population’s safety,” concluded Boyko.

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OSCE holds human trafficking counteraction traininigs in Ukraine

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News / 27 May 2006 | 14:36

OSCE holds human trafficking counteraction traininigs in Ukraine

OSCE holds human trafficking counteraction traininigs in Ukraine

A five-day OSCE training course conducted by international and local experts for Ukrainian judges on how to combat trafficking in human beings was completed on may 26 in Kyiv, OSCE press release says.

The goal of the course was to support the prosecution of cases related to human trafficking as well as to improve the protection and compensation for its victims. Topics addressed included, among other issues, information about the consequences of human trafficking, regulations on international co-operation in criminal matters, the needs of trafficking victims, the prevention of secondary victimization and the rights of victims.

“Judges play a key role in the effective fight against human trafficking,” said Begona Pineiro Costas, Anti-Trafficking Programme Officer at OSCE Project Co-ordinator’s office in Ukraine.

“Not only are they instrumental in the prosecution of the perpetrators of this heinous crime, but they also play an important role in protecting trafficked persons as victims or as witnesses in criminal proceedings. They can make sure that no further damage – physical or psychological – is caused to them,” she said.

Iryna Voityuk, Rector of the Academy of Judges of Ukraine, added: “The fight against trafficking in human beings, one of the worst crimes of our times, requires the improvement of both pre-trial and court investigative procedures, based on national experience and European standards.”

Using a “train-the-trainers” methodology to develop the capacities of the future trainers, the course also looked at several case studies. The course was conducted by experts from the Academy of Judges and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, a judge from the Criminal Court of Italy, a local non-governmental organization representative and a psychiatrist.
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Upon completion of the course, the trainees will be invited to hold two-day anti-trafficking training classes in several regions of Ukraine. These regional training sessions will be for judges from local and appeal courts and are designed to strengthen their capacities to better address cases of human trafficking.

The course was jointly organized by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator and the Ukrainian Academy of Judges. This activity is financed by voluntary contributions from the governments of Austria and France.

For PDF attachments or links to sources of further information, please visit: http://www.osce.org/item/19244.html

For further information contact:

Volker Frobarth – Senior Project Officer
Striletska 16
01054 Kyiv, Ukraine
Tel.: +38 044 492 0382(office)
E-mail: volker.frobarth@osce.org

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Upon completion of the course, the trainees will be invited to hold two-day anti-trafficking training classes in several regions of Ukraine. These regional training sessions will be for judges from local and appeal courts and are designed to strengthen their capacities to better address cases of human trafficking.

The course was jointly organized by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator and the Ukrainian Academy of Judges. This activity is financed by voluntary contributions from the governments of Austria and France.

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President of Ukraine marked the anniversary of the National Bank of Ukraine

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News / 27 May 2006 | 13:19

President of Ukraine marked the anniversary of the National Bank of Ukraine

President of Ukraine marked the anniversary of the National Bank of Ukraine

May 26, Victor Yushchenko has taken part in a ceremony to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the National Bank of Ukraine.

In his speech, the Head of State said the National Bank had repeatedly displayed its maturity and competence in ensuring the stability of the national currency and strengthening the banking system, the president press office informed.

“We can now say the National Bank controls the banking market and that we have the developed banking system,” he said.

The President thanked Ukrainian bankers for “never causing banking crises.” “If we look at our neighbors, we shall see there is no country that has not been affected by a deep crisis,” he said, adding that “although this fact has not yet been appreciated, it is one of the merits of those who represent the National Bank.”

Remembering the 1990’s, when Ukraine’s banking sector was being created, the Chief of State said “the people trusted no banks then.” But we had to introduce currency reforms and were that anchor that helped the market move, he added.

Victor Yushchenko said the history of the National Bank was “colossally wonderful, with thousands of people having contributed to it, which really makes us all proud.” He also characterized the time he worked at this bank as “precious.”

The President said the National Bank had always employed patriotic people. Then he honored many gifted bankers and particularly Volodymyr Matviyenko and Vadym Hetman, who was “a brilliant personality and endowed the whole banking systemof Ukraine with new values.” Mr. Yushchenko also praised Volodymyr Stelmakh, NBU Chairman, as a ” person that came to the bank at the right time and has always represented it professionally.”

Then the President thanked those present for helping develop the country and said “the National Bank will continue to be the leader of changes awaiting Ukraine.” He also presented state awards to prominent bankers.

Oleh Rybachuk, Secretariat Chief of Staff, Leonid Chernovetsky, Kyiv Mayor, and Oleksandr Suhonyako, President of the Association of Ukrainian Banks, attended the ceremony.

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