Position of OPORA on draft laws #9081, #9081-1, #9081-2
In our opinion, the requirements of the proportionality test (“three-part test”) and judicial control are mutually causal. For example, with a casual approach, the imposition of restrictions for the exercise of human rights requires an assessment of its legality by a court, with the possible application of the sanction.
OPORA Hereby Expresses Solidarity With the Civil Society Sector of Georgia in Relation to the Intention of Their Authorities to Adopt the Law “On Foreign Agents”
The pro-government Georgian parliamentary group “Power of the People” has developed and registered in the Georgian parliament two draft laws under a shared provisional name “On Foreign Agents”. The initiatives stipulate that all non-governmental organizations and media funded from abroad must register with the State Registry Service as foreign agents. The Georgian Dream party supported the initiative. Nearly 400 Georgian NGOs and the parliamentary opposition sharply criticized both versions ...
Appeal to Ramstein Participants to Provide Ukraine with Mdern Western Tanks
Ukrainian civil society organizations call on Western decision-makers to unite and provide Ukraine with modern Western tanks during the next Rammstein meeting on January 20. Ukraine is constantly suffering from massive Russian attacks on civilian facilities and energy infrastructure. There is a clear pattern of Russian treatment of residents in the occupied towns, which are visible after the liberation: torture prisons, numerous war crimes, kids abducted and deported to Russia and others. Rus...
OPORA's Position on the Draft Law “On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on the Consequences of the Court Decision to Ban a Political Party for the Status of Local Councilors”
On May, 3, 2022, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on the Prohibition of Political Parties", where in sub-paragraph 1 of para 2 of the Final Provisions, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine was set to submit for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a draft Law of Ukraine on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on the Consequences of a Court Decision to Ban a Political Party for the Status of Loc...
Appeal to Western decision-makers to prevent a massive humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine
The International Center for Ukrainian Victory (ICUV) and member CSOs call on Western decision-makers to prevent a massive humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine from happening.
OPORA's Statement on Intensification of the Activities on Conducting the Illegal Referendums in the Occupied Territories
On September 19, 2022, the Russian occupation troops and administration intensified their activities to initiate illegal referendums due on September 23–27, 2022, in the occupied territories. In the Kremlin's view, a fake referendum would create “legal grounds” for Russia to annex these territories. The acceleration of the related processes is directly linked to the successful counter-offensive effort of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kharkiv region and in the South. It is also related to th...
Joint Letter by Ukrainian NGOs
In three weeks, the European Council will consider granting Ukraine EU candidate status. Many in the EU underestimate the importance of this step. Those promoting its postponement are well heard; however, this will harm both Ukraine and the EU itself. We explain why it will slow down the post-war reforms in Ukraine; undermine democracy in other countries, including Western Balkans; increase the EU budget's burden, and push for new instability in Europe.
OPORA's Commentary About the Prospects of an All-Ukrainian Referendum on the Possible Peace Agreement Between Ukraine and russia: Legal and Socio-Political Context
The President of Ukraine may proclaim an all-Ukrainian referendum on a security agreement solely on the people's initiative and only if at least 3 million signatures are collected to support it, in two-thirds of Ukraine's Oblasts. The current initiative of the government complies with the provisions of the law on the possibility of bringing a question of national importance to a referendum initiated by the Ukrainian people. Neither the Head of State, nor the Verkhovna Rada have the legal capa...
Appeal regarding the immutability of the selected Ukrainian course towards democracy, the rule of law and human rights
Some of the experts and politicians outside of Ukraine begin to voice statements that Ukraine must accept the compromises which favor Russia in order to avoid even more casualties. The authors of these statements also echo the Russian narrative, that Russia is only worried about its own safety in the region.