Initiatives of Youth Groups

 

After the schools for young activists their participants carried out projects, held actions and campaigns in support of human rights. Bellow is a brief description of the mentioned projects results.

The Thirty-Second of May

Such a title was given to the Third Night Festival of Social Films for Youth, which was held in Luhans’k. The Film Festival was dedicated to the International Children’s Day. The initiators of the Festival engaged film-makers in order to pay the attention of the society towards the violation of children’s rights and to the mechanisms of their protection, to involve young people in the activity of non-governmental organizations that work in the sphere of children’s rights protection, and to pay the attention of the society towards the problem of refugee children and of those children, who seek shelter in Ukraine.

All-Ukrainian Action on the Commemoration of the Victims of Ukrainian Law Enforcement Officers

On June 25, on the eve of the UN International Day against Torture, activists from Kyiv and six other regions of Ukraine erected improvised commemorative steles in front of the buildings of the law enforcementagencies of Ukraine (the Ministry of Interior and regional departments), and laid red flowers at the foot of the steles. In such a way the community honored the victims of tortures executed by law enforcement agents. The victims of tortures and their relatives also joined the action. The participants of the action publicly handed over the petition with their demands on the efficient investigation of the cases of tortures to the executive personnel of the law enforcement bodies.

Judicial Protection of an Access to Drug Stores of Persons with Disabilities

Legal actions within the framework of this project are the first step in a strategic suit aimed at the ensuring of a free access to drug stores of persons with disabilities and the representatives of limited mobility groups. The results of activities carried out in Dnipropetrovs’k may be applied by any person in Ukraine, because they constitute a particular algorithm. This includes a statement of claim template and recommendations regarding actions that can be undertaken by activists in other regions of Ukraine.

Your RightsKnow and Use Them

In consequence of information and educational actions of activists from Kharkiv, there were developed informational materials to easily explain what can be done in cases of illicit actions of law enforcement agencies. Information materials were distributed during the actions, which were joined by the victims of illegal detentions. The activities were held as a response to a number of events connected with illegal actions or acts of omission of the representatives of state authorities, which duty is to defend the law. These events include the murder of a young student Ihor Indylo in one of the departments of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine in May 2010 and a number of incidents involving activists, who defended GorkyiPark in Kharkiv etc.

According to initiators of the actions, the information about human rights and the mechanisms of their protection should be clear to any person. It should not be spread solely through official sources.  Only in such a case the knowledge rendered by means of the information may be applied on the practical level.  

Civil Campaign against the Curfew Law in Simferopol

The campaign consisted of mass actions and legal actions (the initiation of a lawsuit) aimed at the cancellation of Simferopol’ Local Council Decree that constrains children from being on the streets in the late hours of the night. The action participants expressed their own opinion about the legitimacy and reasonability of such limitations and reminded of their own views that had to be considered.  

The All-Ukrainian Action titled ‘Defend Yourself on Your Own’ or a Yellow Card to Police Officers from the Youth of Ukraine

On September 1 young activists held a widespread action titled ‘Defend Yourself on Your Own’, which was dedicated to the International Knowledge Day. The action organizers considered the action as a forced measure, a response to systematic violations of human rights by the representatives of law enforcement agencies of Ukraine. Near more than thirty educational establishments activists gave out yellow cards to youngpeople. The yellow cards contained information about the rights, which should be observed by police officers, when they detain someone. In order to attract attention, young activists held theatrical performances, street dramatized “lectures” and skits, carried out thematic activities in educational establishments etc. In many cities the actions were joined by teachers and lecturers.