Officials to get their cut from contentious “biometric” law
The website Nashi Hroshi [Our Money] which monitors how the authorities spend taxpayers’ money reports another scandalous aspect of a law already condemned by human rights organizations
“Ukraine fatigue” is palpable in the wake of the parliamentary elections, however two more dangerous laws just signed into force make it clear that turning away cannot be an option
More questions about passports, biometric details and Hrytsak’s plans
Viktor Timoshchuk has hard-hitting questions about a law which will cost billions, with it still unclear who will pay, why there has been no tender and why so many documents need biometric chips as well as why the government wants a database with so much information about Ukrainian citizens
By bringing in a State Demographic Register, MPs want to have total biometric records on Ukrainians. Much more information will be included than Ukraine’s international commitments demand.
Ongoing passport wars
Viktor Tymoshchuk from the Centre for Political and Legal Reform gives a damning assessment of the latest bill proposing to use biometric information on 13 different types of documents
Law on Biometric Passports vetoed. What next?
The Law passed on 23 September envisaged the introduction of biometric cards for 20 types of documents. The Visa Facilitation Action Plan only requires biometric chips for passports.
Initial support in Verkhovna Rada for biometric passports
The Verkhovna Rada has passed as a base a document which would introduce biometric information in passports
UHHRU: President formalizes onslaught on freedom of information
Despite calls from human rights, media and business groups, the President yesterday signed into law the potentially disastrous Law on Personal Data Protection
Bank Association calls on President to veto Law on Personal Data Protection
The Association of Ukrainian Banks is asking President to use his power of veto over Law No. 2273 passed on 1 June this year due to its non-compliance with international standards and extremely negative consequences for the country’s economy.
UHHRU calls on the President to Veto the Bill on Personal Data Protection
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union is convinced that the bill “On Personal Data Protection” does not meet European standards and could significantly jeopardize freedom of speech in Ukraine. It can therefore not be considered to fulfil Ukraine’s international obligations.
Ministry of Transport agrees with human rights groups over named railway tickets
The First Deputy Minister says that they asked passengers and found that 80% were against the proposed change. Mr Korniyenko added that there was no ticket touting at the moment and there was no point to introducing named tickets.
Yushchenko ignores human rights activists and consents to the creation of a state special communications service
Human rights groups call for legislative amendments to protect the privacy of all citizens, and not money-wasting and futile efforts to protect an elite of civil servants and officials
Question about the refusal from identification numbers will be considered in Parliament
Soon the Parliament will consider three law drafts on the introduction of changes to the Law of Ukraine “On State register of physical persons – payers of taxes and other obligatory payments”. The drafts will concern the problem of the refusals of citizens from obtaining the identification numbers because of their religious views. The author analyzes some peculiarities of these drafts.
Round table for discussing the problems of passport system in Ukraine was held in the Committee in charge of human rights, national minorities and interethnic relations