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30.10.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia ‘sells’ plundered Ukrainian heritage in occupied Crimea

The world-famous Massandra Winery in occupied Crimea is due to be privatized and sold by the end of 2020, with this only one of many parts of Ukraine’s heritage in Crimea that the Russian occupiers are treating as bounty and selling | detail

30.10.2020     News from the CIS countries

Six-year sentence in Russia for exposing FSB trick to imprison young Putin critics

A Russian court has sentenced Pavel Rebrovsky to six years’ imprisonment after the young man found the courage to retract false testimony given under pressure and to reveal the truth about one of the FSB’s most cynical attacks on young people with opposition views. | detail

29.10.2020     Court practices

Head of Ukraine’s Constitutional Court concealed illegal purchase of land in Russian-occupied Crimea

A day after Ukraine’s Constitutional Court [CCU] issued a shocking judgement that seriously obstructs efforts to fight corruption, investigative journalists have reported a highly incriminating land purchase in 2018 which CCU President Oleksandr Tupytsky illegally concealed | detail

29.10.2020     The right to a fair trial

Dangerous offensive against lawyer defending Crimean Tatar political prisoners

The formal complaint aimed at getting disciplinary measures brought against Lilya Hemedzhi, and potentially stripping her of her licence, is an attack on all lawyers who properly defend their clients in the political trials that Russia has brought to occupied Crimea . | detail

28.10.2020     Court practices

Ukraine’s Constitutional Court rules against fighting corruption and European integration

Ukraine’s Constitutional Court appears to have again struck a blow against efforts to properly fight corruption | detail

28.10.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

The final brutality in Russia’s war against Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea

Dying alone, because Russia’s FSB has imprisoned their sons without any crime | detail

27.10.2020     The right to a fair trial

Viktor Lozinsky, the ex-MP convicted of murder, wins in local elections in Ukraine

While popular support for a person convicted of murder is certainly baffling, other questions are at least as pertinent, not least how Viktor Lozinsky was freed after serving a very small part of his sentence. His case contrasts dramatically to those of a number of prisoners whose life sentences arouse well-founded doubts | detail

27.10.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Crimean activist sentenced for “Down with the Putin police regime!” & social media posts

Valery Bolshakov, a left-wing activist from Russian-occupied Sevastopol, has received a two and a half year suspended sentence, with a two-year trial period, for a picket and speech under the slogan ‘Down with the Putin police regime!’ in which he called for “the dictatorship of the proletariat” | detail

26.10.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Kremlin hostages’ lives in danger while Russia exploits Covid-19 to further restrict their rights

At least 10 cells in the appallingly overcrowded SIZO [remand prison] in occupied Simferopol are ‘under quarantine’ with this almost certainly meaning that prisoners have been infected with Covid-19 | detail

26.10.2020     The right to a fair trial

Ukrainian life sentence – because they needed to arrest somebody

14 years after a Lviv schoolgirl was killed when a bomb exploded under a local politician’s car, an innocent man is serving a life sentence for the crime, and at least two of the men involved in convicting him have received promotions in post-Maidan Ukraine | detail

23.10.2020     The right to liberty and security

Crimean Tatar political prisoner Medzhit Ablyamitov’s mother has died two months after his arrest

Asiye Ablyamitova died alone on 25 October, without her son, Medzhit, who had returned to occupied Crimea to care for her and who is now facing a 15-year sentence on grotesquely fabricated charges | detail

23.10.2020     The right to a fair trial

Zelensky’s ‘survey – legally questionable and cynically populist

Ukrainians will be asked to do two things on 25 October: to vote in local elections and to take part in a highly dubious ‘questionnaire’ initiated by President Zelensky with five unrelated questions | detail

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07.10.2020     Implementation of European Law

ECHR issues crucial judgement against Russia over secret witnesses used to jail Crimean Tatar political prisoners

The European Court of Human Rights has found that Russia violated the right to a fair trial of three men because of the unwarranted use of ‘secret witnesses’ to convict them | detail

06.10.2020     The right to a fair trial

International human rights defenders find critical failings in Italy’s trial & 24-year sentence of Ukrainian soldier Markiv

The independent investigation has highlighted such critical issues as the failure to consider the legal status of the military conflict in Donbas in May 2014 and legitimate doubts about much of the testimony which formed the grounds for the shocking 24-year sentence imposed on Markiv | detail

25.09.2020     Implementation of European Law

Perpetrators of Crimes Against Prisoners in Eastern Ukraine Must be Held Accountable

FIDH and its partner organisation in Ukraine, the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG), submitted a 100-page Article 15 Communication to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the crimes committed against detainees trapped in prisons seized and controlled by anti-government forces in Eastern Ukraine. | detail

25.09.2020     Implementation of European Law

Accountability for Crimes Committed in Eastern Ukraine: Q&A on FIDH-KHPG’s Article 15 Communication to the ICC

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its partner organisation in Ukraine the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG) submitted to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) an Article 15 Communication on war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in prisons seized and controlled by anti-government forces in Eastern Ukraine. On this occasion, our organisations publish a Q&A addressing the reasons behind this submission, the main findings and our main requests. | detail

21.09.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia will imprison all Crimean Solidarity journalists & activists if Ukrainians and the West let it

Any silence from western countries, the Ukrainian Diaspora and from human rights and journalist organizations will be taken by Russia as a carte blanche for further persecution. | detail

17.09.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Acquittal and monstrous sentences in Russia’s offensive against Crimean Tatar civic journalists & activists

f Russia was hoping through the wonderful acquittal of Ernes Ametov to prove that these are real ‘trials’ before independent courts, there is no chance. All eight civic journalists and activists have long been recognized as political prisoners, and all should have been acquitted. | detail

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