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22.03.2019     News from the CIS countries

Russia abducts gravely ill Ukrainian student Pavlo Hryb & sentences him to 6 years on fabricated charges

The Northern Caucuses Military Court in Rostov-on-Don has taken just minutes to pass a six-year sentence on Pavlo Hryb, Russia’s youngest Ukrainian political prisoner | detail

22.03.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russian Defence Ministry wants a million children in ‘Youth Army’ by 2020

Russia’s Defence Ministry is reportedly seeking the creation of ‘Yunarmia’ [‘Youth Army’] units at all defence industry enterprises in its drive to get one million children and young people ‘enlisted’ by 2020 in a structure that has been compared to the Nazi Hitlerjugend | detail

21.03.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Armed searches and arrests of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia’s FSB have brought more persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses to occupied Crimea with at least six armed searches on 20 March and subsequent detention | detail

21.03.2019     Terrorism

14 years demanded for Brazilian Donbas fighter and star of Russian propaganda films

The trial is coming to an end of Rafael Lusvarghi, a 34-year-old Brazilian national who fought in Donbas on the side of Russian and Russian-backed militants | detail

20.03.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Crimean Tatar civic journalist faces 7-year sentence for reporting rights abuses in occupied Crimea

It is dangerous in Russian-occupied Crimea to write the truth, especially about political persecution and other rights violations.  Nariman Memedeminov has already spent a year in detention for his civic journalism and active role in the Crimean Solidarity civic initiative, and is now being deprived of an urgently-needed medical operation. | detail

20.03.2019     The right to life

Lviv teenagers on trial for fatal attack on Roma settlement

The trial has begun in Lviv of 10 young men, all but one of whom are underage, over a horrific attack on a Roma settlement on the outskirts of Lviv in which 23-year-old David Pop was stabbed to death, and four others, including his wife and a 10-year-old child, injured | detail

19.03.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Siemens collaboration with Russia helps Putin to further militarize Crimea

Mustafa Dzhemilev is convinced that Putin knows that Russia’s annexation of Crimea was a bad mistake. For the moment, however, he’s still on propaganda drives with the one for the fifth anniversary, unfortunately, aided by Germany’s Siemens | detail

19.03.2019     The right to life

Russian occupiers are doing everything to kill imprisoned Crimean Tatar amputee

As if it were not enough to effectively abduct and imprison Edem Bekirov on charges which his disability and serious illnesses make simply preposterous, Russia is now placing the 58-year-old Crimean Tatar’s life in danger through inappropriate medication and 24-hour incarceration in appalling conditions | detail

19.03.2019     News from the CIS countries

Russia: Jailing of Chechen human rights defender Oyub Titiev leaves justice in the gutter

Amnesty International: The four-year prison sentence slapped on Oyub Tititev is an affront to human rights, reason, and justice | detail

18.03.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia State Duma Speaker demands compensation from Ukraine for ‘annexing’ Crimea

Five years after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, Russian State Duma Speaker Viacheslav Volodin has claimed it was Ukraine that annexed Crimea and should pay ‘compensation’ | detail

18.03.2019     Freedom of expression

Draft law in Ukraine to criminalize ‘fake news’ condemned as censorship & attempt to silence media

The bill comes just after the adoption of an extremely dangerous law on ‘fake news’ just passed in Russia and could, human rights NGOs warn, be used as an instrument for censorship and pressure on the media | detail

18.03.2019     News from the CIS countries

Russia: Court to decide on sham case against Chechnya’s leading human rights defender Oyub Titiev

If Oyub Titiev is sent to prison, it will demonstrate the Russian authorities’ total disregard for human rights and the rule of law in Chechnya - Natalia Prilutskaya, Amnesty International’s Russia Researcher | detail

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19.02.2019     Interethnic relations

The Facts about Anti-Semitism in Ukraine that Russia doesn’t want known

There have been no acts of anti-Semitic violence in Ukraine over the last two years and relatively little anti-Semitic vandalism.  This lack of news would not be worth reporting if it wasn’t for the constant claims that the opposite is true, as well as evidence that paid provocateurs have been used to simulate hate crimes | detail

15.02.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia brings terror to more Crimean Tatar families

After the latest armed searches and arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea, three more Crimean Tatars have joined Russia’s long list of Ukrainian political prisoners and five children have been left without their fathers, bringing the number of Russia’s smallest Crimean victims to well over 100 | detail

14.02.2019     Against torture and ill-treatment

Assessment of the activity of the National Police of Ukraine by polling public opinion (summary of the national report)

The research was conducted by the Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches under a joint project with the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group “Fight against torture, ill-treatment and impunity in Ukraine” with the support of the European Union. | detail

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