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07.04.2020     Elections

Poland’s PiS government pushes through illegal elections by post to retain power amid Covid-19 pandemic

Poland’s ruling party has voted to allow the presidential elections, which were scheduled for 10 May, to be held by postal vote, despite the pandemic and the obvious violation of fundamental principles of democratic elections | detail

07.04.2020     The right to liberty and security

Ukrainian jailed in fast-track political trial in Russian-occupied Crimea

It is likely that Denis Kashuk agreed to plead guilty after threats that his mother and other members of the family would be arrested | detail

06.04.2020     Politics and human rights

Russia rages as plans for legitimizing its proxy Donbas “republics” are foiled

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has condemned Ukraine, Germany and France for thwarting its attempts to foist direct dialogue with occupied Donbas on Kyiv, with Moscow treated as a mere ‘observer’ | detail

06.04.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Violent arrest, criminal charges for inconvenient information about COVID-19 in occupied Crimea & Russia

Warnings that a new criminal norm could be used to silence those telling the truth about the coronavirus pandemic were effectively confirmed by the behaviour of enforcement officers in Russia and occupied Crimea in the first days of April | detail

03.04.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Crimean Tatar journalist Remzi Bekirov faces 20-year sentence for reporting repression

Remzi Bekirov annoyed the Russian FSB by reporting on political persecution in Crimea. and they came for him also | detail

03.04.2020     News from the CIS countries

Historian of the Soviet Terror dies in a Russian Prison

Sergei Koltyrin has died in a prison hospital in Russia, less than a year after being sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment on dubious charges | detail

02.04.2020     Politics and human rights

Ukrainian whistle-blower MP faces criminal probe after reporting high-level corruption

First reports had seemed like an early April Fool’s Day joke, but, unfortunately, proved to be true – the criminal investigation launched was over MP Geo Leros’ publication of incriminating recordings, rather than the apparent corruption that the recordings showed | detail

02.04.2020     Human Rights Violations associated with EuroMaidan

Beaten and jailed Maidan activist Mykola Pasichnyk dies, with justice denied to the end

78-year-old Mykola Pasichnyck died on 26 March 2020, six years after he was beaten on Maidan by Berkut special force officers and then remanded in custody, charged with attacking those same well-trained officers, some 40 years his junior. | detail

01.04.2020     The right to liberty and security

61-year-old Crimean activist jailed for his pro-Ukraine views to go on trial in Russia

The trial is shortly to begin in Russia of 61-year-old Ukrainian Oleh Prykhodko on charges almost certainly linked with his pro-Ukrainian views and unconcealed opposition to Russian occupation | detail

01.04.2020     The right to liberty and security

5 years of torment for mother of Ukrainian POW seized by Russian-controlled Luhansk militants

Roman Onishchuk was taken prisoner by militants of the Russian proxy ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ in June 2015, and there has been virtually no information about him since | detail

31.03.2020     Social and economic rights

Ukraine’s Parliament abolishes agricultural land moratorium

The move was a condition for continued cooperation with the International Monetary Fund and widely advocated by, among others, human rights groups, but also very widely opposed | detail

31.03.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Crimean Tatar human rights activist faces 20-year sentence for refusing to be silenced

Riza Izetov is one of the 23 Crimean Tatar civic activists and journalists seized by the Russian FSB on 27 March 2019 and imprisoned on fabricated ‘terrorism’ charges | detail

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03.04.2020     Penal institutions

About coronavirus in correctional colonies in Ukraine

The outbreak of disease among convicts will be very ripping. It will not be a small fire that can be controlled, and not even a blaze in the house. It will be a great tragedy – a huge fire of the highest degree of danger that will capture everyone. | detail

27.03.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

25 Crimean Tatar activists charged with trying to violently overthrow Russia through their words

Six years after Russia invaded and annexed Ukrainian Crimea, its FSB has charged 25 Crimean Tatar political prisoners with “planning a violent seizure of power and change in Russia’s constitutional order” | detail

24.03.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia brings show trials by quota and nationality to occupied Crimea

One of the Stalinist echoes in Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea has been seen in the use of political trials in which the choice of ‘defendants’ appears to be entirely arbitrary. | detail

06.03.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Jehovah’s Witness sentenced to 6 years for praying at home in Russian-occupied Crimea

Serhiy Filatov has become the first Ukrainian Jehovah’s Witness to be imprisoned for practising his faith in Russian-occupied Crimea. He was found to have prayed, together with others, in his own home, which the Russian-controlled prosecutor and court chose to view as “undermining constitutional order and state security”. | detail

26.02.2020     Victims of political repression

Crimean Tatars proved Crimea did not ask for Russian annexation – and have paid a huge price

It is impossible to overstate the vital role that Crimean Tatars played in upholding Ukraine’s territorial integrity on 26 February 2014, and in preventing Russia from achieving a coup without the open use of soldiers | detail

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