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Parliament refused to postpone consideration of language draft bills

Posted by the Editor on May 24, 2012


News / 24 May 2012 | 18:15

Parliament refused to postpone consideration of language draft bills

Parliament refused to postpone consideration of language draft bills

MPs of Ukraine failed to pass the resolution on postponing the consideration of the draft bill “On state language policy” with only one vote in favour, ForUm correspondent reports.

The MPs have started to consider every draft bill on language policy separately. There are total of five draft bills on language issue, registered in the parliament.

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Faction leaders failed to agree on language issue

Posted by the Editor on May 24, 2012


News / 24 May 2012 | 18:00

Faction leaders failed to agree on language issue

Faction leaders failed to agree on language issue

Heads of parliamentary factions have failed to agree on the draft bill on language policy, ForUm correspondent reports.

Speaker Volodymyr Lytyvn has announced several variants of the solution. “The first suggestion is to vote for the pack of draft bills, and if it is not supported to vote for postponement of consideration. The second proposition is to vote for every rat bill on language issue, and if none of them is passed to send them to the relevant committee, where the experts will work out a single draft bill. The third variant is to consider referendum on this issue,” Lytyvn said.

The opposition in its turn has demanded to withdraw all draft bill on language issue and do not submit them for consideration ever again.

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President: Pressure on business is crime against country and society

Posted by the Editor on May 24, 2012


News / 24 May 2012 | 17:35

President: Pressure on business is crime against country and society

President: Pressure on business is crime against country and society

Law enforcement and control agencies must not interfere with business and civil society development or with the work of local self-government, President Viktor Yanukovych said at today’s meeting of the Council of Regions, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

The President said that the pressure of control agencies on business and local self-governments does harm and reduces public confidence in the authorities. “As we are implementing deep reforms, such actions are provocative and a crime not only against the law, but against the country and the society,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

The President drew Prosecutor General’s attention to the need to analyze the complaints and appeals coming from small and medium businesses about control agencies’ pressure, and conduct a meeting with regional governors to discuss this issue.

According to the President, law enforcement and control agencies’ top ranking officers also should go to the regions of Ukraine to conduct field studies of the problem and inform the President on the work performed. “It should be done in a short time, any violations must be put an end to immediately, and the perpetrators must be punished. I would like to also appeal to the Prosecutor General to make sure this work is organized wisely, without going too far,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

The President also instructed bringing law enforcement and control agencies’ internal regulations and procedure guidelines in line with the existing deregulation legislation.

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German doctor: Tymoshenko’s treatment will take time

Posted by the Editor on May 24, 2012


News / 24 May 2012 | 17:20

German doctor: Tymoshenko's treatment will take time

German doctor: Tymoshenko’s treatment will take time

Severity of illness of former PM Yulia Tymoshenko requires long-term treatment, German doctor currently supervising Tymoshenko Anette Rajsgauer told a briefing in front of the Kharkiv “Ukrzaliznitsya” hospital.

The doctor noted certain improvements in Tymoshenko’s recovery, but said the illness is severe. According to Dr. Rajsgauer, it is not possible to predict exactly when Tymoshenko will be able to move independently.

The doctor informed that Tymoshenko has not started the principal medication treatment yet, but refused to speak about the diagnosis referring to the agreement with Tymoshenko to keep the information reserved.

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Ukrainian scientists rally for government support

Posted by the Editor on May 24, 2012


News / 24 May 2012 | 17:01

Ukrainian scientists rally for government support

Ukrainian scientists rally for government support

Some 1,000 representatives of Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences have picketed the government building in Kyiv, demanding more financial support for their work.

The protesters held placards saying “When scientists are hungry, countries collapse,” “Scientists are beggars,” and “Saving on your science leads to feeding someone else’s economy.”

The picketers blocked several central streets, slowing traffic for several hours, RFE/RL reports.

The protesters say scientists in Ukraine continue leaving the country — many for the United States and Russia — due to low salaries and insufficient state support.

According to the chairman of the academy’s unions, Anatoliy Shyrokov, the government’s allocations to researchers this year were tens of millions of dollars short of what the academy had requested.

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Opposition managed to knock the majority and blocked the rostrum

Posted by the Editor on May 24, 2012


News / 24 May 2012 | 16:45

Opposition managed to knock the majority and blocked the rostrum

Opposition managed to knock the majority and blocked the rostrum

Speaker of the parliament Volodymyr Lytyvn opened today’s evening session without scandals and so far the situation in the hall was quiet. Even the protesters outside the parliament decreased in number.

However, some time after the opposition hung out a banner with caricatures on the power representatives and with the inscription “Destruction of state language is the destruction of Motherland”, ForUm correspondent reports.

While speaker Lytyvn and his first deputy were sitting on their working places, some opposition members rushed to the parliamentary rostrum. MPs of the majority tried to stop the attackers, but failed, and the opposition MPs have managed to block the rostrum.

Lytyvn has announced a break and invited the faction leaders for a conciliatory board meeting.

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European parliament adopts resolution on Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on May 24, 2012


News / 24 May 2012 | 16:30

European parliament adopts resolution on Ukraine

European parliament adopts resolution on Ukraine

In its resolution adopted on May 24 the European Parliament has called on the Ukrainian authorities to release “figures imprisoned on political grounds.”

The EP “reaffirms its concerns about the judicial proceedings against former and current high government officials, which were not conducted in accordance with European standards of fairness, impartiality, transparency and independence, and called on the Ukrainian authorities to distinguish between political and criminal responsibility and to change the existing criminal penal code accordingly.”

In this respect the resolution notes that stresses that the democratic struggle for political decisions must take place in parliament, with participation by voters in free elections, and must not be destroyed by personally or politically motivated acts of criminal prosecution and manipulated judgments in the criminal courts.

The resolution “stresses that the current problems in relations between Ukraine and the European Union can only be solved on the basis of a clear willingness on the part of the Ukrainian authorities to carry out and implement the necessary reforms, in particular of the legal and judicial system, with the aim of full adherence to the principles of democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, minority rights and the rule of law.”

In this respect the EP “calls on the Ukrainian authorities to clarify the situation of prisoners sentenced on politically motivated grounds before the start of the election campaign”, meaning the unconditional immediate release of all prisoners sentenced on politically motivated grounds, including leaders of the opposition.

Going in details, the EP “condemns the use of force by prison guards against Yulia Tymoshenko, and recalls the obligation of Ukraine to examine promptly and impartially any complaints of torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.” The EP also urges the Ukrainian authorities to ensure full respect for the right of all prisoners sentenced on politically motivated grounds, including Ms Tymoshenko, Mr Lutsenko and Mr Ivashchenko, to adequate medical assistance in an appropriate institution, for their right of unrestricted access to their lawyers and for the right to be visited by relatives and other people such as the EU ambassador.

The resolution calls on the Ukrainian authorities to guarantee the impartiality and transparency of the cassation process in Ms Tymoshenko’s case, which should take place in line with the fair and just legal standards and practices common in Europe.

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Trial on Oksana Makar case will be closed for public

Posted by the Editor on May 24, 2012


News / 24 May 2012 | 16:01

Trial on Oksana Makar case will be closed for public

Trial on Oksana Makar case will be closed for public

Trial against three men, residents of Mykolayv city, accused of rape and murder of Oksana Makar, will be closed for public.

During the preliminary hearings the defense team of the accused motioned for closed trial and the court, consisting of three presiding judges, agreed with the appeal.

The first hearing is scheduled for June 12.

As reported, interior minister of Ukraine Vitaly Zakharchenko declared that the trial on such infamous crime should be open to public.  

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