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.
Ukraine: FIDH and partners welcome ICC’s long-awaited move toward investigating atrocities
On 11 December 2020, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced that her Office closed the six-year preliminary examination into international crimes committed in Ukraine and was ready to request the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber’s authorisation to open an investigation.
Forcibly disappeared Crimean Tatar activist ‘summoned’ to appear at Russia’s grotesque trial of Mustafa Dzhemilev
A Russian-controlled court in Armyansk has ordered that Ervin Ibragimov be forcibly brought to the court to give testimony, four years after the Crimean Tatar activist was abducted by men in Russian road patrol uniform and disappeared without trace
Opinion on the political motives of criminal persecution and violation of human rights in the case of Sergiy Pashinsky
The aggregate analysis of the facts of the case indicates that the political motivation of Pashinsky’s persecution is caused by illegitimate considerations of the social and political nature of the high state officials.
Russia foists negotiations with Donbas proxies on Ukraine via fake Minsk Agreement roadmap
Both Russia and Ukraine have presented Minsk Agreement ‘roadmaps’ that seem theoretical and doomed, not least because Vladimir Putin has no interest in peace for Donbas
Human Rights Agenda calls on the government to return to legal means of leaving the constitutional crisis
Once again Ukraine ended up in a constitutional crisis aggravated by the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and the Draft Law introduced in response by the President .
Ukraine’s government steals money allocated for Kremlin hostages
Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has quietly ‘reallocated’ funding set aside for supporting the ever-mounting number of Kremlin hostages and their families, in a move that they probably hoped would pass unnoticed
Putin’s Russian passport aggression against Ukraine fizzles in occupied Donbas
According to a study carried out by the Donetsk Information Institute, the number of Ukrainians in occupied Donbas who have taken Russian citizenship is far lower than predicted by Moscow and its puppet ’republics’
Russian proxy Donetsk ‘republic’ tries to eliminate use of Ukrainian passports
A new ‘decree’ issued in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ will lead to Ukrainian internal passports being invalidated, with this almost certainly the aim
Russia’s fake ‘Ukrainian fascist’ returns to Ukraine to fight against ‘fratricidal’ war in Donbas
Edward Kovalenko has returned to the Kherson oblast seven months after his release was demanded by the Russian-controlled militants in Donbas as part of the 29 December exchange of prisoners
Far-right French politicians enter Crimea illegally to rubberstamp fake Putin and occupation forever vote
If far-right French politician Thierry Mariani publicly denied the Holocaust, he would have long been removed from the EU’s European Endowment for Democracy. Why is his public support for Russia’s occupation of Crimea and denial of human rights crimes not regarded as a problem?
Return to Yanukovych’s selective justice condemned as thousands protest plan to arrest Poroshenko
Former Soviet dissidents have added their voices to a strong statement protesting at the ever-increasing criminal prosecutions brought against former President Petro Poroshenko.
Russia caught lying to OSCE about ‘persecution’ of Russian-speakers in Ukraine
Russia really should avoid citing authoritative Ukrainian public opinion pollsters when lying about the language situation in Ukraine
Questions to Zelensky if ex-President Poroshenko really is remanded in custody
With at least 17 criminal investigations announced against former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko since Volodymyr Zelensky took office, it is no easy task to concentrate on any specific charges, however the stakes this time appear to be very high
Criminal probe against Poroshenko regarding Biden tape discredits Zelensky and Ukraine
On the latest attempt to create a scandal linking Joe Biden, former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and on disturbing willingness from President Zelensky to take the nonsense seriously and suggest that Poroshenko could go on trial
Russia uses Covid-19 to try to get sanctions lifted while continuing aggression unabated
While Ukrainian soldiers are being killed, and hostages tortured in the Russian proxy Donbas ‘republics’, and repression continues unabated in occupied Crimea, Russia is actively using the coronavirus pandemic as a means of getting sanctions withdrawn
Suspected Maidan killer released, as notorious judge places activist & ex-MP under house arrest
A judge who gained notoriety under President Viktor Yanukovych for his role in political persecution has placed ex-MP, investigative journalist and Maidan activist Tetyana Chornovol under 24-hour house arrest
Chilling déjà vu in Ukraine as criminal charges brought against ex-President Poroshenko
. The most extraordinary of several criminal charges is that of “action aimed at the violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order or seizing of state power”
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’
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