USAID New Justice Program Supports the All-Ukrainian Law Week

The Tenth All-Ukrainian Law Week began today. It is intended to facilitate an increase in the public conscience and awareness of legal matters. The USAID New Justice Program supports the Ministry and Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision with holding a number of events as part of this large-scale occurrence.

The All-Ukrainian Law Week, which was initiated in December 2008, is conducted every year in a week that falls on the Human Rights Day, December 10th. The Human Rights Day was established at the Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly on December 4, 1950 to honor the UN General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation two years earlier of the Universal Declaration of Human rights, the first global enunciation of human rights. The year of 2018 marks the 70-year anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

At the opening ceremony, USAID Regional Mission Director to Ukraine Susan K. Fritz emphasized the importance of raising legal awareness and improving access to free legal aid as a prerequisite for building a justice system that responds to public demands. “USAID appreciates its strong partnership with the Ministry of Justice and our joint efforts to develop an open and fair justice system for Ukraine that is centered on human rights and the rule of law.”

“The ultimate objective the All-Ukrainian Law Week, which has been celebrated in Ukraine for ten consecutive years, is to bring up a new generation of Ukrainians for whom rights and liberties constitute a fundamental value of social relationships rather than are an empty phrase”, underscored First Deputy Minister of Justice Olena Sukmanova. She mentioned that the Ministry of Justice implements a number of projects helping people to gain the legal knowledge and skills they need. “The I HAVE A RIGHT! national public awareness project has been implemented since June 2017. As a part of it, the Ministry of Justice launched such projects as #ЧужихДітейНеБуває, #СтопНасильство, #СтопБулінг, #МаскиШоуСтоп», Right for Enforcing Court Judgments, Counteracting Bribery in Universities, just to name a few”, said Olena Sukmanova.

Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court Stanislav Shevchuk stressed that ensuring and guaranteeing human rights are our common goal. “The future of our state, a strong state resting upon rule of law principles, depends on each of us and, first and foremost, on the level of legal education”, pointed out Stanislav Schevchuk.

As a part of the All-Ukrainian Law Week, the USAID New Justice Program will support an International Legal Competition named after V. Koretsky on December 12-13, 2018. The Young Legal Professional of the Year Contest, which is organized by the Coordination Council of Young Legal Professionals under umbrella of the Ministry of Justice, will be held on December 14, 2018. In addition, the Legal Professionals – to the Society Exhibition-Forum and the Justice Territory Legal Quest will be conducted in the Ukrainian House and Exhibition Center on December 16, 2018.

Beside the All-Ukrainian Law Week, the USAID New Justice Program supports the I HAVE A RIGHT Project aimed at increasing people’s awareness of their rights and protection of such rights.

Follow the link to the website of the Ministry of Justice to find more information about the All-Ukrainian Law Week program.