login | registration | forgot the password
today 05.03.2015 04:32
(by Kyiv time)

navigation

Kharkiv Human Rights Group Social Networking



News from partners

news
News from the CIS countries

Putin’s Verdict: Nadiya Savchenko to remain imprisoned

05.03.15 | Halya Coynash
If some still doubt that Vladimir Putin himself ordered Boris Nemtsov’s murder, nobody seriously questions that it is he alone who will decide whether Nadiya Savchenko is released. And he who will bear full responsibility if this woman “who doesn’t break, and doesn’t look like a person who could break” dies in Russian detention
The right to a fair trial

Arrest allowed of 3 high-profile judges

05.03.15
Parliament has removed immunity from three Pechersky District Court judges, all well-known for their role in at least one high-profile case during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych. Serhiy Vovk and OksanaTsarevych were both involved in the 4-year- politically motivated sentence passed on former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko
Freedom of expression

Why is Facebook Still Blocking Those Fighting Propaganda?

05.03.15
Facebook did it again on Wednesday and blocked a vital source of information about pro-Russian propaganda, hate speech and Internet troll activity in Polish, especially material supporting Russian aggression in Ukraine. 
News from the CIS countries

Polish Film Academy Demand Release of Oleg Sentsov

04.03.15 | 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. .
The right to life

Reshat Ametov, Russian Occupation’s First Victim: No Answers, No Justice

04.03.15 | Halya Coynash
It is exactly a year since Crimean Tatar Reshat Ametov, 39-year-old father of three young children, was abducted by pro-Russian paramilitaries. His badly mutilated body was found almost two weeks later. Despite video footage showing his abduction from outside the parliament buildings in Simferopol where he was holding a lone protest against Russian occupation, no arrests have been made
News from the CIS countries

Russia’s Milestones Are Gravestones

04.03.15
When Boris Nemtsov was gunned down on a bridge near the Kremlin on February 27, the opposition figure joined a grim list of prominent Russians killed in the Vladimir Putin era.
The right to a fair trial

Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s hostage son to be tried by jury in Russia

03.03.15 | Halya Coynash
A Krasnodar court has allowed an application from Khaiser Dzhemiliev’s lawyers and appointed trial by jury, with the preliminary hearing scheduled for March 3. While it was difficult to expect justice from an ordinary Russian court, Khaiser is held illegally in Russian detention, and should not be tried there at all
Victims of political repression

Perm-36 Gulag Museum of Soviet Repression forced to close

03.03.15
The museum at the site of the particularly harsh labour camp where Ukrainian poet Vasyl Stus died, has played a vital role in informing the public about Soviet repression, but openness about the dark aspects of Russian and Soviet past has been increasingly frowned upon under President Vladimir Putin.
Freedom of expression

Scandalous bill proposing criminal liability for criticism of authorities withdrawn

03.03.15
There had been outcry from media representatives about the "legally illiterate" draft bill tabled recently which was seriously proposing to defend ‘the authority of the country’ by criminalizing criticism.
News from the CIS countries

Propaganda that Kills

02.03.15 | Halya Coynash
Russia’s Investigative Committee and pro-Kremlin media have again collaborated over the detention of a Ukrainian MP and attempt to use Odessa 2 May ‘massacre propaganda’ to distract attention from the political murder of Putin’s main opponent Boris Nemtsov
On refugees

Kyrgyz journalist persecuted for supporting Maidan refused asylum in Ukraine

02.03.15
Ilya Lukash, a Kyrgyz national of Ukrainian descent, who organized pro-EuroMaidan demonstrations in Kyrgystan and fled persecution to Ukraine at the beginning of March 2014 has been refused asylum.
News from the CIS countries

Putin’s own Human Rights Council calls for Nadiya Savchenko’s release

01.03.15 | Halya Coynash
The words below were first posted under a different title, prompted by the proven futility of appealing to humanity from Russia’s leaders. It should nonetheless be recorded that Vladimir Putin is ignoring his own Human Rights Council in risking Nadiya Savchenko’s life
News from the CIS countries, We remember

Boris Nemtsov: Yes, I’m afraid that Putin will kill me

28.02.15 | Halya Coynash
Boris Nemtsov was murdered 2 weeks after he told a Russian newspaper that, like his mother, he was afraid that Vladimir Putin would have him killed. His was one of the few public voices of sanity in Russia, unafraid to speak out and even make a film about the war Putin has launched against Ukraine.
Politics and human rights

Bitter Crimean Anniversary – Victims of Russian Annexation

27.02.15 | 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
Freedom of expression

Why did Facebook block a Russian Propaganda Watchdog?

27.02.15 | Halya Coynash
The near closure of an important Polish initiative countering pro-Russian propaganda this week should serve as a salutary lesson, not least for Facebook, whose complaints system proved unprepared for a well-coordinated attempt to remove a social network resource exposing inconvenient truths

  

Articles

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

Nadiya Savchenko: “I won’t see the Spring, nor the Sun”

Halya Coynash
After 73 days on hunger strike, Nadiya Savchenko is reported to be experiencing kidney and gall bladder problems, Germany, while admitting that two German doctors examined Savchenko on Feb 15, is still saying nothing about what they found.

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 Chyyhoz, 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

Report on the human rights mission to the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts

Lyudmila Klochko, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group [KHPG], together with the German NGO ‘European Exchange’ and representatives of NGOs from the Russian Federation and Germany with the support of the German Foreign Ministry, carried out an international mission to monitor human rights in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts on territory which is back under Ukrainian control.

Russian secret trial to convict opponents of Crimean annexation

Halya Coynash
More details have emerged of the secrecy behind the closed trial of Gennady Afanasyev whose testimony is the only ‘evidence’ in the ‘Crimean terrorist plot’ case and may be used to get renowned Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and left-wing activist Oleksandr Kolchenko 20 year sentences

European-style Police Force: Strategy for Reform

Oleh Martynenko, Yevhen Zakharov
For the first time in 18 years the government has adopted a package of proposals for reforming the Interior Ministry, and most importantly a Police Reform Development Strategy written by human rights activists