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Our indicators of the legal assistance for July-December 2020:

Public reception office of KHPG provided 1212 consultations, worked on 62 proceedings in the courts, including 15 new proceedings, completed 18 cases, won 10. Prepared 5 applications to the European Court under Article 6 para.1 of the Convention.

Strategic Litigations Center of KHPG worked on 136 cases in the domestic courts, including 61 new cases, won 13 cases. It worked on 34 cases in the European Court, including 22 new cases. 7 cases were won, 3 communications with the Court, 1 communication with Committee of Ministers of CoE, 22 new applications to the Court and 1 application under the Rule 39 of the Rules of Court were carried out

News

Russian occupiers of Crimea puts 66-year-old Ukrainian on trial for ‘state treason’

25.02.2021
The country which invaded and annexed Ukrainian Crimea is illegally applying the norm in its criminal code on ‘state treason’ in its trial of 66-year-old Halyna Dovhopola

Protests throughout Ukraine following 7-year sentence against civic activist Serhiy Sternenko

24.02.2021
The trial of Odesa civic activist Serhiy Sternenko and the 7-year sentence just passed have been vehemently condemned by former Kremlin hostages, human rights defenders and prominent civic activists

Russia uses same fake witnesses in multiple ‘trials’ of Crimean Tatar political prisoners

23.02.2021
A ‘secret prosecution witness’ in Russia’s latest trial of Crimean Tatars was outed on 17 February as a person whom the FSB have already used to imprison other civic activists and journalists and who has a vested interest in doing what the FSB demand

Will anyone answer for the killings on Maidan?

22.02.2021
Three of the only five men whose trial over the killings on 20 February 2014 was coming to an end are now in hiding, with the trial of the remaining two men only just beginning again

Ukraine imposes sanctions on pro-Russian MP Medvedchuk & his wife. What about criminal proceedings?

22.02.2021
Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council has voted to impose sanctions against 19 companies and eight individuals, including controversial pro-Russian politician and MP Viktor Medvedchuk and his businesswoman wife, Oksana Marchenko

Threats against Crimean political prisoner sentenced to 14 years for pleading innocent

19.02.2021
Russian prison authorities are effectively threatening reprisals against Oleksiy Bessarabov because he is refusing to hand over the Ukrainian government’s grant to him as a political prisoner in order to pay a preposterous fine

First sentence in Russia against activist from an ‘undesirable organization’

19.02.2021
41-year-old Anastasia Shevchenko, who has spent over 2 years under house arrest, was the first person to face criminal charges for peaceful activism as a member of Open Russia

Belarusian Journalists Handed "Absurd" Prison Sentences For Live Coverage Of Anti-Government Rally

19.02.2021
Two Belsat journalists, Katsyaryna Andreyeva and Darya Chultsova have each been sentenced to two years in prison for reporting live from a rally in Minsk in November

Mass armed searches for ‘prohibited books’ and arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea

18.02.2021
The FSB and heavily armed Rosgvardia officers were clearly interested only in books, and in at least one case, claimed to find the so-called ‘prohibited literature’ that they pulled from their own bag

Russia reverts to worst Soviet times in reprisal sentence against historian of the Terror Yury Dmitriev

17.02.2021
A Russian cassation court has ignored glaring infringements of the right to a fair trial and upheld a 13-year sentence against world-renowned historian and head of the Karelia Memorial Society, Yury Dmitriev.

Analysis

So what will “New SBU” be?

Last week VRU adopted in the first reading the bill “On amending the Law of Ukraine “On the Security Service of Ukraine“ concerning the improvement for the organizational and legal grounds of activity of the Security Service of Ukraine”. Let us try to figure it out, examining the individual blocks of questions about how the “New SBU” is imagined.

What is wrong with the bill on SBU?

Essentially the bill No.3196-d legalizes its transformation into the Soviet KGB under the applause of the people who congratulate us with the long-awaited reform of the special service. Have the deputies of the Parliament read what they voted for?

On Holocaust Remembrance Day: Statement by HR of the European Union/VP Josep Borrell

We need to preserve the memory of the six million men, women and children who fell victim to the brutal murder of the Nazis. We will confront anti-Semitism and we will ensure that the vow of ‘NEVER AGAIN’ is passed on to the next generations of Europeans. This is my pledge on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed during the armed conflict in the eastern Ukraine – webinar of KHPG

We invite you to the webinar of Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG) “Results of 2020 research of KHPG concerning the crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed during the armed conflict in the eastern Ukraine in 2014-2020” – Zoom conference on 29 January between 11.00 an 13.00.

Application practice of Article 109 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine

It can be concluded that the courts corrected the total cruelty of SBU shown during the pre-trial investigation. In general, the case law was humane, if one is to be certain that the defendants sentenced to probation were not used forcibly for the exchange, meaning that the release was not caused by that very need.

Application practice of Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine

Given the case law it could be said that the statements about the mass political persecutions of the supporters of federalization, division of Ukraine and self-proclaimed “people’s republics” are groundless, although in some individual cases the criminal prosecution can be reasonably called a political one.

2020: There was no worse year in the realm of human rights after the Revolution of Dignity

I came to such regrettable conclusion analyzing the course of events of the year that has just passed. In my opinion, starting with 2015, the situation with human rights worsened year after year. It was the main reason (not yet realized!) for the devastating defeat of the ruling political forces in 2019. However, it turned out for worse – due to the winners" complete lack of understanding of the need to observe and respect human rights.

Bandera. An Invitation to a Calmer Conversation

At the moment Bandera is probably the most recognizable name in Ukrainian history. You would be hard-pressed to find a better illustration of the gap between history and myth.

Investigation of individual terrorist crimes

In 2013 there were only 4 criminal cases in the SSU proceedings concerning the terrorist acts. In 2014-2019 the investigators from SSU most often used Article 258 of the CC of Ukraine (terrorist act) and Article 258-3 of the CC of Ukraine (the creation of a terrorist group or a terrorist organization) for qualification of terrorist crimes.

A brief description of the KHPG strategic litigations in July–December 2020