Mass detention of Crimean Tatars travelling to political trial in Russia
This was a brazen act of racial profiling by the Russian occupation regime against Crimean Tatars in the latter’s own homeland
Most Ukrainians say their language is an important aspect of Ukraine’s independence
In all parts of the country, a significant majority said that the leaders of the country and civil servants should speak Ukrainian in working hours, and that most education should be in Ukrainian
Appallingly racist attempt to evict Ukrainian Roma community from village in Kharkiv oblast
An incident involving members of a single Roma family was used to fire up a huge crowd and provoke demands that all of the Roma community in Andriyivka be evicted
Pro-Kremlin ‘Ukrainian’ propaganda media created in occupied Crimea as smoke screen for court at the Hague
The new ‘media’ are in the Ukrainian language, but strictly pro-Moscow in content, and seem an obvious, though primitive, attempt to fool the UN’s International Court of Justice
Statement of Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group and ADC Memorial
Ukraine: Report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an opportunity to assess the situation of Roma people and find effective ways to respond to hate crimes.
Criminal investigation initiated after Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk orders forced eviction of Roma
There has been outrage in Ukraine after Ruslan Martsinkiv, the Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, was heard on video demanding to know why the Roma from Ivano-Frankivsk have not been moved to Zakarpattia and ordering that those who refused to go “be packed and taken away”.
Ukrainian authorities copy Russia and carry out raid outside Kyiv Mosque
The Ukrainian authorities have once again copied the worst behaviour of the Russian occupation regime in Crimea, and have most cynically chosen to do so on Friday, a special day of prayer for Muslims
Memorandum of the “Art of Tolerance” Platform
We, representatives of independent non-governmental organizations, foundations and private companies in the field of culture, education, information and human rights from different countries of Europe and the world create the international platform "Art of Tolerance" as an independent cultural, educational and human rights defending initiative of civic organizations.
Court in Ukraine quashes Lviv Council’s Russian language ‘moratorium’
The Lviv Regional Council had imposed a “moratorium on the public use of Russian-language cultural products throughout the Lviv Oblast until the full cessation of the occupation of Ukraine’s territory”.
Ukrainian MP introduces Russian-style law criminalizing ‘propaganda of homosexuality’
MP Oleksandr Vilkul, a former Deputy Prime Minister during the Yanukovych regime, has proposed imposing administrative and criminal liability to so-called ‘propaganda of single-sex relations’.
The only ‘Ukrainian school’ left in occupied Crimea teaches in Russian
A year after the International Court of Justice at the Hague ordered Russia “to ensure availability of education in the Ukrainian language” in occupied Crimea, the only remaining ‘Ukrainian school’ does not have a single class taught in Ukrainian
Another Roma camp attacked and burned down in Ukraine, with police seeing only ‘hooliganism’
A permanent Roma settlement in Rudne, near Lviv, was burned down on 9 May, leaving a number of families homeless. It was the second attack on a Ukrainian Roma camp in less than a month, although this time nobody has publicly admitted to carrying it out.. While Ukraine’s Human Rights Ombudsperson clearly views this as a hate crime, and witnesses speak of a crowd of around 30 young masked thugs, the police have thus far only initiated an investigation into suspected ‘hooliganism’.
Ukrainian neo-Nazi C14 vigilantes drive out Roma families, burn their camp
The far-right C14 organization has carried out an operation, possibly in cooperation with a Kyiv district administration, which resulted in Roma families being forced to flee their camp on Lysa Hora in Kyiv
Russia flouts Hague Court order to reinstate the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and education in Ukrainian in occupied Crimea
It is exactly a year since the UN’s International Court of Justice ordered Russia to withdraw its extraordinary ban of the Mejlis, or self-governing body of the Crimean Tatar people, and to ensure education in Ukrainian in occupied Crimea.
Ukraine’s Ombudsman takes unprecedented and contentious step in defence of LGBT rights
Ukraine’s Anti-Discrimination Ombudsperson has set an important, though controversial, precedent by demanding that a petition purporting to ‘defend family values’ be removed from the President’s official website as in violation of the rights of sexual minorities and inciting discrimination. The petition in question “asked for measures to be taken to stop propaganda of homosexuality and made some highly contentious assertions
Russia intimidates parents to push Ukrainian out of schools in occupied Crimea
Despite an apparently clear commitment, Russia has done nothing to comply with the demands issued by the UN International Court of Justice back in April 2017. The Crimean Tatar Mejlis remains banned, and the situation with the Ukrainian language, especially in Crimean schools is, if anything, more catastrophic.
European Parliament urges sanctions over persecution of Crimean Tatar leaders, other victims of repression & discrimination in Russian-occupied Crimea
The European Parliament has demanded that Russia stop its persecution of Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians in occupied Crimea and called on the European Court of Human Rights to give priority status to applications from Crimeans seeking redress
In Ukraine, Childrens Book Featuring Lesbian Parents Met With Threats, Fears Of Violence
A book highlighting different types of families, including one headed by a lesbian couple, has been pulled from a large book fair in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv over fears of possible violence.
Crippling fine imposed on Crimean Tatar woman for comment on Putin quote
“You have no rights” is what the mother of a young Crimean Tatar woman was told when Russian enforcement officers arrived to search their home. This, it was claimed, was because the young woman, Zarema* from Bakhchysarai had “behaved badly to the Russian-speaking population”.
Crimean Tatar Mejlis ban challenged after UN Court’s damning ruling on Russia
Representatives of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis have lodged a formal application asking for a review of Russia’s ban of this self-governing body of the main indigenous people of Crimea which the UN International Court of Justice has agreed is discriminatory