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December 2017
EU Advisory Mission Regional Presence in Odesa receives go-ahead from EU Council

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Lviv’s first bicycle patrol will bring police within arms reach of general public
EUAM donation of 30 off-road vehicles boosts police’s capacity to serve remote communities in time for harsh winter conditions

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Kharkiv Regional Parliament adopts new Community Safety Strategy developed in line with EU practices

Undermining the fight against corruption is no way to improve human rights for Ukrainians

Today, 10 December, is International Human Rights Day, marking the anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. If ever there was proof that from profound darkness and tragedy, good things can emerge, then the Universal Declaration of Human Rights might be it. The Declaration, born amid the ashes of the Second World War, is one of the great achievements of the United Nations. Its 30 articles follow on from Franklin D Roosevelt’s ‘Four Freedoms’ – freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from fear, freedom from want – that he articulated in 1941.

The Declaration enshrines the concepts of dignity, equality, respect, justice, freedom for all individuals, and covers individual rights such as the right to life, movement, security, expression, a decent standard of living, political opinion, and equality before the law – irrespective of one’s gender, religion, colour, language, nationality, race or social status.

The first 12 words of Article 1 of the Declaration are possibly the most famous words in the history of human rights, and remain as true today as they ever were. ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.’ It is a sentence both poetically beautiful and individually liberating. Now, with the Declaration about to turn 70, the Declaration’s central mantra and 30 articles should be repeated and reinforced – not just on 10 December, but 365 days a year.

In Ukraine, human rights suffered under the Yanukovych regime. Indeed, the Maidan Revolution, a mass expression of outrage over political corruption, was essentially a cry for respect of human rights. Any society that wishes to describe itself as democratic must embrace and protect human rights. Furthermore, the systemic democratic reform that Ukraine needs urgently is simply not possible without a human-rights component underpinning all facets of government and society. If this goes unfulfilled, I am sure that at some point the Ukrainian people will rise up against injustice and corruption once again.

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EUAM trains safety instructors for Ukrainian Police

Professionalism is the key!  Currently, the National Police of Ukraine is in need of 600 safety instructors and EUAM, together with the Canadian Police Mission, is happy to provide training to help ensure that objective is reached. International experts have been working hard in 2017 to train Ukrainian police officers to become more confident in their tactics and safe while in action: stopping cars, approaching people, searching buildings.

Tactical trainings were conducted in various regions of Ukraine: Lviv, Kherson, Poltava, Vinnitsa, Chernihiv. The approach taken was to train future trainers – over 100 police officers have already successfully undergone a police safety instructor course conducted by EUAM and the Canadian Police Mission. They are now ready to share their skills with their colleagues.

Activities on the horizon

  • January 17 - Mobile Unit launch in Odesa
  • January 17 - Round table with Odesa civil society on EU best practices for managing public order
  • January 18 - Round table with the National Police of Ukraine in Odesa on EU best practices for managing public order
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