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Władysław Bartoszewski: A Life as Testimony to the Truth

“There was one choice: either I accept what I regard as evil, or I refuse to accept it. No other”. Władysław Bartoszewski, Polish historian and public figure, one of the Righteous of the Nations bore testimony to the truth in his works and in his life and his passing is a great loss not only for Poland>
Prohibition of discrimination

Deportation & discrimination in Occupied Crimea, while EU sanctions remain on paper

24.04.15 | Halya Coynash
Moscow’s claim that it needed to annex Crimea to protect ethnic Russians was never proven. What has been demonstrated, and soon, is that ethnic Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars and all Crimeans who remain Ukrainian nationals face serious discrimination.
The right to liberty and security

Plans to abolish right of release on bail in certain cases condemned

Human rights groups have issued an open appeal in connection with legislative initiatives proposing to abolish the option of bail as a restraint measure.
The right to life

Crimean court passes 2-year sentence on murderer of Ukrainian Soldier

The Russian soldier who shot Stanislav Karachevsky in cold blood on April 6, 2014 has reportedly been sentenced to 2 years imprisonment. He had never been taken into custody and had continued his military service.
Freedom of expression, Deported peoples

Cameraman for silenced Crimean Tatar channel jailed over coverage of pre-annexation protest

23.04.15 | Halya Coynash
The arrest of TV ATR cameraman Eskender Nebiyev is the latest in a ‘case’, breaching both Russian and international law, where the occupation regime is clearly targeting Crimean Tatars, including Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar representative assembly.
Environmental rights

Fears on the eve of Chornobyl anniversary: is nuclear power in Ukraine safe?

23.04.15 | Motria Caudill
Despite Ukraine’s tragic experiences with nuclear power, there are legitimate reasons why it is an attractive energy source for this struggling country. But a recent study raises concerns about the safety of nuclear reactors operated beyond their design lifetime.
News from the CIS countries

Second sentence passed in Crimean ‘terrorist’ trial of opponents of annexation

22.04.15 | Halya Coynash
Oleksy Chirniy, who ‘confessed’ and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution has received a 7-year sentence. The final indictments against Crimean film director Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko have, as expected, proven devoid of any elements of ‘terrorism’, yet both men are facing likely maximum sentences as punishment for refusing to ‘cooperate’
Freedom of conscience and religion

Faith under Fire and FSB Surveillance in Crimea

22.04.15 | Halya Coynash
A year after Russia annexed Crimea, almost all faiths are experiencing serious pressure from the occupation regime, with the regulations on Russian re-registration and restrictions on Ukrainian nationals serving to drive many out and / or prevent them from functioning legally.
Social and economic rights

It’s Tax Time In Ukraine, And Financial Discrepancies Suggest Corruption Endures

22.04.15 | Katya Gorchinskaya
The gaps between officials’ incomes and their assets are a painful reminder of the deep-rooted corruption and insider deals that continue to plague Ukrainian politics, despite being the main cause of two revolutions
Deported peoples

Cameraman for Silenced Crimean Tatar TV ATR Detained in Crimea

21.04.15 | Halya Coynash
Eskender Nebiyev, cameraman for ATR, the Crimean Tatar TV channel which Russia recently forced off air in Russian-occupied Crimea, is reported to have been detained on Monday after a search was carried out of his home. Initial reports suggest that he may be the latest person targeted in the notorious ’Feb 26, 2014 case’ involving a pre-annexation demonstration
The right to a fair trial

Court ACQUITS Roman Landik: he attacked a young woman ’in self-defence’

21.04.15 | Halya Coynash
Four years after Ukraine was rocked by video images of Party of the Regions deputy Roman Landik beating up a young woman in a restaurant, a Luhansk court has decided that Landik was ‘defending himself’ and totally acquitted him.
The right to liberty and security

Crimean rights activist detained

Emir-Usein Kuku, member of the Contact Group on Human Rights has been taken away after police arrived at his home in Yalta on Monday morning. He was read a decision stating that he is suspected of “inciting hatred or enmity, and also denigrating human dignity”.
The right to life

Who wants to turn Kyiv into another Donetsk?

20.04.15 | Halya Coynash
While the western media present any talk of Russian involvement in the killing of journalist Oles Buzina and politician Oleh Kalashnikov as the ‘Kyiv version’, like the ‘Kremlin version’ of Boris Nemtsov’s murder, it is by no means only Ukrainian politicians who are expressing concerns which if warranted would have seriously frightening implications.
The right to a fair trial

Crimean Show Trial of Kyiv Maidan Activist Begins

20.04.15 | Halya Coynash
The trial is beginning in Russian-occupied Crimea of a Ukrainian citizen accused of slightly injuring another Ukrainian citizen during the EuroMaidan protests in Ukraine’s capital city before Russia annexed Crimea. The ‘investigators’ even used Olexandr Kostenko’s Ukrainian citizenship as the pretext for holding him in custody.
Deported peoples

See who you recognize, we’ll arrest them (Crimean ‘Feb 26’ arrests continue)

The interrogations are proving as surreal as everything else in the so-called ‘Feb 26’ case where the occupation regime is prosecuting people under Russian law over a pre-annexation demonstration which took place under Ukrainian law. Another person has just been remanded in custody, and more arrests are unfortunately likely



Crimean Tatar TV silenced, searches and arrests continue

Halya Coynash
ATR was forced off air on Tuesday night after Russia effectively refused to re-register this unique television channel and other Crimean Tatar media. Hundreds gathered outside the studio, many obviously distressed. The police were present, openly videoing the crowd and 8 people are due in court after being detained making a video in support of ATR

Crimean survey removed after majority vote against annexation

Halya Coynash
If the survey that appeared on the pro-Russian Krymskaya Pravda website was real, then were a referendum to now be held on the status of Crimea, 61% of the respondents would vote for greater autonomy within Ukraine, and only 19% would vote to join Russia. It is a big ‘if’, with Krymskaya Pravda now claiming that the survey was the “latest provocation by enemies of Crimea”.

Nadiya Savchenko: “I’m learning to change tactics”

Halya Coynash
On Nadiya Savchenko’s letter explaining her change in tactics and partial termination of her hunger strike

Polish Film Academy Demand Release of Oleg Sentsov

Halya Coynash
In a wonderful show of solidarity, members of the Polish Film Academy have called on Russia to release Crimean film director Oleg Sentsov and have promised not to abandon their Ukrainian colleague. .

Bitter Crimean Anniversary – Victims of Russian Annexation

Halya Coynash
It is exactly one year since Russian forces seized control of government buildings and airports in Crimea and organized the events leading swiftly to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. It was a year that saw murder and disappearances, Soviet-style bans and deportation, as well as persecution of all who oppose Russia’s occupation

Odessa May 2 trial turns into farce as Russia continues ‘massacre’ propaganda

Halya Coynash
Whatever the reasons for delays and flaws in investigating and prosecuting crimes related to the disturbances, fire and deaths on May 2, 2014 in Odessa, procrastination serves only the interests of Russian propaganda’s ‘massacre’ claims

Crimean Tatar leader arrested in new wave of repression

Halya Coynash
The arrest of Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Mejlis, on suspicion of ‘organizing and taking part in mass disturbances’ is of unprecedented cynicism. There is not only video footage demonstrating his innocence, but the charges are under Russian legislation which not even Russia would claim was in force on Feb 26, 2014