On May 16, 2019, at the National Prosecution Academy of Ukraine was held the I International Scientific and Practical Conference ,,Human Rights Protection: International and Ukrainian Experiences“, it was organized jointly with the Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, the Secretariat of Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, European Union Advisory Mission in Ukraine and for the Association of Ukrainian human rights monitors on Law Enforcement.
This event is dedicated to the Day of Science in Ukraine, which is celebrated this year on May, 18. On this occasion guests and employees of the Academy were awarded by the Diplomas and Certificate of Appreciation of the National Prosecution Academy of Ukraine.
The first vice-rector on education-methodological and scientific work Doctor of Law, Senior Researcher, Doctor Habilitatus of Legal Sciences (Polish Republic) Sergii Mincheno opened the Conference. He emphasized that the observance of human and civil rights and freedoms is a top priority for each state. That is why the chosen topic of this Scientific and Practical Conference is a good opportunity to discuss the problematic issues of ensuring human rights that do not lose their relevance.
The Executive Director for Association of Ukrainian human rights monitors on Law Enforcement Vadim Pivovarov addressed his congratulations to all the participants of the Conference, he has noticed that this event is a great opportunity to exchange experience in the field of human rights protection, especially with the international experts.
The chief specialist of the Legal Expertise Department of Procedural Legislation of the Office of the Monitoring of procedural rights of the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Tetyana Muzychenko emphasized the relevance of the Conference topic chosen in the context of the military conflict in eastern Ukraine, and also focused on the issues of ensuring human rights and freedoms and citizen in the context of the reforms being carried out in Ukraine during her welcoming report.
Guests of honor – Director of the Eastern European Development Agency, President of the European Institute of Continuous Training Josef Zatko and Senior Adviser on Prosecution (organized crime) of the European Union Advisory Mission Carolina Rius Alarcó in their reports repeatedly noted that the prosecutor’s office is one of the elements of the system of protection of human rights and freedoms in the state, and its main task should be precisely the protection of human and civil rights and freedoms.
Mr. Josef Zatko during the speech also expressed his gratitude to the Academy administration for the invitation and cooperation also, taking advantage of the opportunity, congratulated the first vice-rector on education-methodological and scientific work Sergii Mincheno on the Day of Science in Ukraine and handed him the Diploma and the corresponding medal and awarded him with the title of Professor honoris causa of the Institute of Continuing Training.
The conference participants listened with great interest Doctor of Law, Professor, Associate Member of the National Academy of the Legal Sciences of Ukraine, Merited Lawyer of Ukraine Vasyl Maliareno’s report. Professor noted that “the introduction of a bicameral parliament on a reasonable basis is a reliable key to the elimination of the crisis in Ukraine, the key to the realization of human rights and freedoms.”
A lively discussion among the participants of the Conference was made by the Head of the Department of Criminal Law, Criminology and Judicial Institute of the Institute of State and Law of V.M. Koretsky National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Law, Professor, academician NAfLS of Ukraine, Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine Oleksandr Kostenko, during which he noted that “the phenomenon of abuse of human rights is becoming increasingly evident in the world. The evolution of our ideas about the essence of human rights is quite natural, and it is actualized for us as a challenge of modern times. The answer to this challenge should be the search for a new, more sophisticated human rights concept that would exclude the use of human rights from the standpoint of arbitrariness and illusions, and in particular the phenomenon of human rights abuses».
The Conference has gathered many participants together, among them were well-known lawyers and scholars, including, Doctor of Law, Associate Professor, Merited Lawyer of Ukraine Oleksandr Drozdov, Doctor of Law, Professor, Merited Lawyer of Ukraine Anton Monaieno, , Doctor of Law, Professor Nataliia Yarmysh, Doctor of Law, Associate Professor Nelia Lisova, Doctor of Law, Associate Professor Oleh Baulin, Doctor of Law, Associate Professor Mykola Armanov, Doctor of Law Ihor Pylypenko, Mykhailo Kameniev, Yevheniia Chuprynska, Valentyna Korzh.
The event was held in an open and constructive atmosphere, which contributed to a detailed exchange of views and experiences, in particular on the need to address the problem issues related to the violation of human rights in the context of their non-compliance, non-fulfillment, neglect, etc.