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Prosecutor's Office: "We want to know all! No grounds? Who cares?"
  • Written by Roman Likhachov, lawyer, Chairman of Chuhuiv human rights group
  • Published in Success stories
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Prosecutor's Office: "We want to know all! No grounds? Who cares?"

Specialists of Chuhuiv Human Rights Group (ChHRG) forced prosecutors, who decided to facilitate their work at the expense of the staff of the Village Councils, to respect the law.

The chairman of one of the Village Councils who was tired of carrying out the illegal order of the prosecutor's office addressed Law Community Center at ChHRG. Instead of demanding obtaining certain documents within vetting procedure or criminal cases employees of public prosecutor's office decided to avoid extra burden. They just xerocopied ALL solutions of sessions of councils, executive committees, contracts and all documents given and signed in councils.

The similar lawlessness was created in Chuhuiv and Pechenezhsky districts of Kharkiv region – these are about 30 local councils with heaps of papers which anyone hardly reads.

After the numerous complaints written by Chuhuiv human rights group and consideration of the issue at the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the prosecutor's office was compelled "to give back" and to cancel the illegal order local councils carried out for over ten years (!), having spent hundreds of thousands budget funds, tons of waste paper and human resources on it.

However, to put a good face on things the staff of Chuhuiv local prosecutor's office of Kharkiv region wrote that they "reserve the right to receive information, to claim materials and their copies".

Of course, they may - but within law!

P.S. Community Law Centers are created and work in the framework of the "Legal aid to the poor and vulnerable groups” Initiative with the financial support of “Human Rights and Justice” Program Initiative of International Renaissance Foundation. You can learn more about activity of Community Law Center network, basics and principles of work on Legal Space website.

The opinion of the International Renaissance Foundation cannot coincide with the point of view of authors of publication.

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