Report submitted by Ukraine

The report deals with education on a few occasions, namely concerning police training in Human Rights (points 106-111)

26. National legislation and the regulating of ethnic issues in education are formulated pursuant to international norms and the recommendations contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Frame Convention on Protection of National Minorities, the European Charter of Regional Languages or Minority Languages, The Hague recommendations on the rights of national minorities to education, and other documents.

31. The requirements of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child are reflected in the Law of Ukraine “On the Protection of the Child”, which sets protecting the rights of children to life, health, education, social security and all-around development as a national priority.

35. Throughout 2007 the Ministry of Education and Science, educational administrations, and educational institutions devoted increased attention to the prevention of cruelty, violence, neglect and homelessness among children.

42. As of 1 January 2008, 1,548 teenagers who should have been attending school were not. To reinforce the right of a child to education, prosecutor issued almost 2,000 orders and petitions and challenged over 1,300 illegal acts. As a result of prosecutor interventions, almost 3,000 officials were charged and 4 million UAH in scholarships, assistance and other payments were paid over to pupils and students.

92. In December, 2005 the Ministry of Internal Affaires established the Community Council, which is responsible for the protection of human rights. The council consists of a number of groups working in different areas involving human rights: detentions and investigation; election campaigns; prevention of domestic violence, including cruelty to children and human trafficking; refugees and immigrants; protection of privacy; racism and xenophobia; narcotic use prevention; legal and social protection of Ministry staff; gender A/HRC/WG.6/2/UKR/1 Page 12 equality within the Ministry; and education in human rights. In June, 2007, similar councils were established in each region of Ukraine. The councils include representatives of international, Ukrainian national and regional organizations, educational institutions, and mass media.


106. Serious attention is now being directed to studying human rights issues in the education and trainings of police officers.

107. Eight new disciplines related to human rights have been introduced at the BA and MA level in institutions of higher learning within the police system.

108. In 2006-2007 the OSCE together with Kharkiv Institute of Social Studies and the International Renaissance Foundation conducted training for upgrading the effectiveness of community councils and over 110 qualified members of mobile groups were prepared.

109. In 2007, Amnesty International was involved in the training of 700 police officers on dealing with hate crimes. Practical training in applying decisions of the European Court of Human Right was held together with OSCE for lecturers and MA students in educational institutions of Ministry of Internal Affaires.

110. Human rights issues are studied in secondary schools as part of the regular curriculum and are supplemented with optional courses and electives. A course entitled “Basic Law” is now obligatory and human rights are included in the program.

111. Profile education provides additional opportunities in legal and civil education, particularly in social sciences and the humanities, combining history, law, philosophy, and economics. Lectures on human rights are given courses like “Practical law”, “We are Citizens”, and “Civil Education”. The optional course “Human Rights” is recommended for senior professional schools. The optional course “Learning Humanitarian Law” has been taught in Ukraine since 2000 and has among its priorities the protection of human rights.

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