Within the framework of Ukrainian Center for Law and Justice we provide pro bono services to the ones in need of legal support who cannot afford to pay for it. This is the way we want to fight against injustice in this world and to support those in need of legal protection. Moreover, we take part in litigation pertaining to freedom of conscious and freedom of religious activity.
Sviatoshino District in the City of Kiev State Tax Administration’s decision to exclude International Charity Foundation “RUKA DOPOMOGY” from the list of non-profit organizations was based on the allegation that the bylaws of ICF “RUKA DOPOMOGY” did not, to the mind of the Tax Administration officers’, comply with Ukraine’s legislation.
The lawyers from our Center appealed this unlawful decision of the Tax Administration. The court of first appearance and the appellate court granted the claims of ICF “RUKA DOPOMOGY” and reversed Tax Administration’s decision on excluding the International Charity Foundation from the list of non-profit organizations.
Upon court litigation ICF “RUKA DOPOMOGY” finally obtained the reference of inclusion into the list of non-profit organizations.
City on the Hill
The religious community of Evangelical Christian Church “City on the Hill” was illegally denied statute registration by Kyiv City State Administration. Lawyers of our Center prepared a lawsuit and represented the community’s interests in court. As a result Kyiv City Administrative Court of Appeal cancelled the wrongful order of Kyiv City State Administration and obliged KCSA to register the statute of the religious community. Though it took over one year of litigation, justice prevailed.
At times when an orphan gets to a child-care institution without appropriate papers the child loses his or her opportunity to fully enjoy all the benefits provided by legislation. Our lawyers were involved in the process of restoring documents for such children from Komarivka irphanage in Chernihiv Region.
Unlawfully Convicted and Rehabilitated
Back in the Soviet Union times Viktor Burdeinyi was unlawfully convicted for sharing the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, and served his sentence. After the downfall of the Soviet Union he was vindicated by the Supreme Court of Ukraine, however he was no able to receive the legally provided monetary compensation. Upon consultancy with the lawyers of our firm Viktor received a clear vision of his legal rights. A lawsuit was prepared and our legal advisers represented his interests in courts of different instances. Eventually court ruled in favor of Mr. Burdeinyi, and the compensation was paid in full.
Vira Ohorodnyk’s husband passed away before he was able to receive inheritance left after his relative’s demise. Mrs. Ohorodnyk was at risk of losing her right of inheritance due to her inability to afford a legal counselor. The Center’s law specialists took up the task of representing her interests before the court. As a result Mrs. Ohorodnyk obtained her title for an apartment in Kyiv.
Evicted from Apartment
At the age of 70 Volodymyr Kravchuk found himself in a very tight spot. Taking advantage of his ignorance in legal issues, his grandson devised notary documents and tried to evict him from his apartment. With no other place to live Volodymyr was looking in the face of homelessness. Our lawyers helped Volodymyr with his legal claim and offered him proper presentation in court. As a result justice prevailed and Volodymyr retained his right to live in the apartment.
Serhii Komendant committed a robbery, however later he turned himself in to the authorities and even assisted in investigation. Nevertheless, the investigator qualified his actions erroneously and incriminated plunder instead of robbery. Lawyers of the Center joined to defend Mr. Komendant. Court of first appearance convicted him of preconceived plunder committed by an organized group and he sentenced him to 7 years’ imprisonment. Our lawyers appealed, however the Appellate Court sustained the verdict and declined the appeal. After the second appeal the Supreme Court of Ukraine satisfied it changing the verdict of the court of the first appearance from plunder to robbery with punishment of 4 years’ imprisonment.
While serving his sentence, Mr. Comendant repented before God and accepted Jesus Christ into his heart. Due to the fact that the Supreme Court reduced the punishment to 4 years, Serhii Komendant was able to take advantage of the Law of Ukraine “On Amnesty”, and was released after 2 years in prison.
We are confident that God used this situation in order to bring Serhii to Himself, since he was released almost immediately after he repented in prison, having served only 2 years instead of 7. Also Serhii reimbursed all the damages to the victim of his crime.
The Kyiv City Department of Justice unlawfully denied registration to the non-governmental organization “The Navigators”. Lawyers of the Center challenged the unlawful decision in court. The NGO was eventually registered, however the litigation continues. The goal of the latter is to reinforce it to the state officials that it is illegal to break Ukrainian Law, and that the Center’s lawyers are ready to protect the rights guaranteed by the Constitution of Ukraine and the rest of its legislation.