To the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko
To the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko
To the Prosecutor of Autonomous Republic of Crimea Giunduz Mamedov
On April 13, the office of the International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS) in Kyiv was searched as part of the case on the so-called “peaceful plan of MP Artemenko” by the officials of the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. People’s Deputy Andriy Artemenko is accused of high treason under the Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. He is charged with the assistance to Russia in conducting subversive activities against Ukraine that expressed in the appeals to let Crimea in long-term lease to the Russian Federation and thereby to legitimize temporary occupation. In the basis of the “peaceful plan” of MP Artemenko, as it stated in a court order for search conduction, there is a plan“Ideas for the conflict settlement in Donbas” authored by Vasyl Filipchuk.
Not sharing the views of MP Artemenko on “peaceful settlement” ways, we state the illegality of accusations of high treason for the presentation of any ideas, including ideas on peaceful settlement.
We are outraged by the search in the analytical center ICPS within the investigation on the case of high treason. These actions of the state are in violation of Article 34 of the Constitution of Ukraine, Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and also contravene the practices of the European Court of Human Rights (Zana v. Turkey (1997), Lingens v. Austria (1986), § 40; Barfod v. Denmark (1989), Wille v. Liechtenstein (1999) etc.).
The search in ICPS is not limited to the violations of the Constitution of Ukraine and international agreements. We qualify the following actions of the state as the offensive against key freedom – expression of views - as an attempt to monopolize the market of ideas and to enforce a state doctrine to the society as the only possible under the pain of prosecution of those who offer other approaches, in especially serious crimes – high treason. Disproportionate state interference in the activities of think tanks is purely obscurantist attempt to establish a monopoly on the truth.
ICPS activities by their nature are research and scientific ones. Ukraine declares its desire to become a fully legitimate member of the EU but violates a fundamental principle of the European Union, enshrined in Article 13 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2000), according to which, the arts and scientific research shall be free of constraint. Instead, it is the doctrine of "Russkiy mir" which can be characterized by the state monopoly on the truth, restrictions on freedom of expression, persecution for beliefs. Our war with Russia is primarily a war of values. These actions of the state are the value-based defeat, surrender of public interest and “high treason” in the long run. We cannot fight against “Russkiy mir” by means of “Russkiy mir”.
We demand to stop the persecution of the think tank ICPS and immediately return everything that was seized during the search.
We consider this incident as a manifestation of general trends on violating the balance between national security and human rights for the benefit of national security by the Security Service of Ukraine and prosecuting authorities. And we want to remind once again that a political regime which violates human rights is doomed to failure.
Arkadiy Bushchenko, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union
Yevhen Zakharov, Director of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group
The Divine Comedy of Ukrainian politics continues
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ICPS in Global Go to Think Tank Index 2017
International Centre for Policy Studies was included into the Global Go to Think Tank 2017 Index report on research and analytic centers. “Think Tanks and Civil Society Program (TTCSP)” of the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania is engaged in conducting researches on the role which political institutions play in civil society in the whole world. The given program supports the database and network of more than 7500 analytic centers in 181 countries. TTCSP annually releases the Global Go to Think Tank Index report which provides the indices of the leading world analytic centers in different categories. This ranking aims to increase ability and effectiveness of analytic centers as well as the public’s awareness about important role of analytic centers throughout the whole world. In 2018 the 11th publication of the Global Go to Think Tanks can be considered primarily as the recognition of important achievements of the global think tanks and the performance of development trends. According to the results of the above mentioned rankings process the International centre for Policy Studies has been ranked the 34th in the category “Top Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe”, therefore winning 6 positions for 2 years. Also the ICPS was ranked 112 in the category “Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tank” and improved the position it held the previous year.
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ICPS OFFICIAL STATEMENT
On April 13, 2017 the office of the International Center for Policy Studies was searched. At about 16.00 unknown persons who introduce themselves as investigators of the prosecutor's office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the officials of the Security Service of Ukraine entered the office with the aim to hand suspicion to Vasyl Filipchuk and to carry out the search in the office. For more than 5 hours, employees were limited in movement and forbidden to use any means of communication. Physical violence was committed against Vasyl Filipchuk which was fixed by respective photo evidence. The entrance to the office space was blocked, investigators refused to pass defenders, lawyers, police and even emergency doctors. According to the investigators, the search was made within the criminal case of “Artemenko”as they consider that ICPS helped the People`s Deputy to elaborate “peaceful plan” of the conflict settlement. WE STRESS that neither ICPS nor experts have been involved in such elaboration of “peaceful plan” or had any personal contacts with the People`s Deputy Andriy Artemenko. ICPS is working for a long time on finding possible ways of peaceful settlement in Eastern Ukraine with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation. All activities within the project “Modelling of the Minsk agreements implementation and support of strategic advisors to the Ministry of Temporary Occupied Territories and IDPs” were PUBLIC, and analytical materials are in open access on the official website of the Center. Ukrainian MPs and the Deputy Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs Georgiy Tuka were involved in pubic consultations. ICPS has always maintained and continues maintaining state position to preserve the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine! ICPS continues current project activities and is committed to its obligations in cooperation with its partners. We consider such actions as unprecedented pressure on civil society and disgrace of judicial system in Ukraine. We call on colleagues from the civil sector, representatives of diplomatic corps and entire international community todemand that persecution of independent analytical centers must be stopped!
ICPS in the Global Go To Think Tank Index
ICPS was included to the World Index ranking think tanks on the results of 2016. According to preliminary ranking in the category of leading think tanks in Central and Eastern Europe - we took 33th place, adding seven positions for two years. The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. Often referred to as the “think tanks’ think tank,” TTCSP examines the evolving role and character of public policy research organizations. The 2016 edition of the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report marks the 10th anniverary of the report. Highlights of think tanks in the world: There are 1931 think tanks in North America (Mexico, Canada and US) of which 1835 are in the United States There are 1770 think tanks in Europe Close to 55 percent of all think tanks are in North America and Europe 90.5 percent of think tanks were created since 1951 The number of think tanks in the US has more than doubled since 1980 31 percent of think tanks were created between 1981 to 1990 The End of Post WWII consensus & Challenge to the Welfare State contributed to the growth of think tanks on the left and the right of the political spectrum Most of the think tanks that have come into existence in the United States since the 1970s are specialized for a particular regional or functional area About one quarter of U.S. think tanks (approximately 400 institutions) are located in Washington, DC More than half the think tanks are university affiliated The rate of establishment of think tanks has declined over the last 12 years in the United States and Europe Top Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe: