Inept lies after Ukraine illegally hands journalist & Erdogan critic over to Turkey
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office has shifted from total denial of any part in handing journalist Yusuf Inan over to Turkey on July 12, to claims that this was an extradition in full accordance with Ukrainian law. There are strong grounds for believing that the latter is also not true, and that Inan was given no chance to appeal against his enforced return to a country where he faces imprisonment on questionable charges
Police suspected of involvement in horrific acid attack on Ukrainian civic activist Kateryna Handziuk
Handziuk, a well-known civic activist and assistant to the Mayor of Kherson, remains in the Kyiv hospital to which she was airlifted a day after sulphuric acid was hurled at her on July 31, leaving her with second and third degree burns over 30% of her upper body
Savage attack on Kherson civic activist known for scathing criticism of police corruption
Civic activist Kateryna Handziuk is in hospital after being sprayed with acid on 31 July by a young man who was lying in wait for her near her home. Doctors report that she has burns to 30% of her face, head and upper part of the body. This is the latest of several attacks on civic activists over recent months. In most, if not all, cases, the culprits have not been found.
‘Preliminary’ terrorization of civic activists and lawyers in occupied Crimea
Gulsum Alieva is the latest of a number of Crimean civic activists and lawyers who are facing so-called ‘pre-criminal investigation checks, aimed at silencing dissident voices in occupied Crimea or forcing those targeted into exile
Flats for Treason in Russian-occupied Crimea
Anybody wondering how repressive regimes find the ‘judges’, ‘prosecutors’ and ‘police’ needed for politically-motivated arrests and trials, should look to Crimea under Russian occupation. Although Moscow sent in Viktor Palagin and other Russians with a track record in repression to take up top posts in the FSB [security service], it also applied various ‘incentives’ to encourage Crimeans to switch allegiance. One of the most corrupting of such incentives is housing.
Persecutor of well-known Ukrainian rights activist could get top anti-corruption post
Human rights activists have publicly expressed outrage that Dmytro Rudenko is being considered for the post of head of the Vinnytsa Department of the State Bureau of Investigations. The SBI is still being set up and staffed, but its main task will be to investigate crimes committed by high-level officials, making any appointment of people like Rudenko seem quite inconceivable.
Police, who watched on as homes were destroyed by Loschchynivka mob, now deny there were riots
Almost two years after violent anti-Roma riots in Loshchynivka (Odesa oblast) made world headlines, the police are ignoring hard evidence of who was to blame and essentially denying that there were riots at all
Ukrainian neo-Nazi C14, known for racist and homophobic attacks, gets public funding for ‘patriotic education’
‘C14’, a neo-Nazi group involved over recent months in anti-Roma, homophobic and other attacks in Ukraine, has become one of the recipients of Ministry of Youth and Sport grants, together with an organization linked to the far-right Svoboda party.
Sharp rise in far-right violence in Ukraine with police failing to react adequately
Police in Ukraine are unacceptably passive both during violent confrontations provoked by members of certain far-right extremist groups, and in investigating unlawful activities. There is a disturbing failure to properly investigate and prosecute even in cases where serious injuries have been inflicted. The resulting sense of impunity is among reasons suggested for an alarming rise in unlawful activities by certain far-right extremist organizations in a new report published by Freedom House Ukraine Far-right Extremism as a Threat to Ukrainian Democracy.
If Ukraine foiled a plan to kill Russian Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko, why the indignation?
The news on 30 May that Arkady Babchenko had not been killed was greeted with incredulous joy and then a wide range of reactions, some apparently lacking in any logic
Ukrainian prosecutor accused of brutal attack on Roma hate crime lawyer
Andriy Mukha, the lawyer representing victims of a fatal attack on Roma residents in Vilshany (Kharkiv oblast) has himself been badly beaten up in his office by men who, he says, were led by a local prosecutor. A criminal investigation has been launched, and though Mukha was alone at the time, the assailants did not wear masks and there appears to be CCTV video footage.
Appalling images from neo-Nazi C14 attack on Kyiv Roma camp force police to retract denial
Video footage and witness accounts of the violent dispersal of a Roma camp on Lysa Hora by neo-Nazi C14 thugs emerged on 25 April which were in stark contrast to the version of events presented by the Head of the Kyiv Police, Andriy Kryshchenko. By evening on 25 April, the police finally announced that a criminal investigation had been initiated after days of implausible denial.
No more than 3% of police torture cases in Ukraine reach the courts
Two and a half thousand Ukrainians who sought help from medical institutions in 2017 reported that their injuries had been caused by police officers. While the number of such cases is on the rise, the number of criminal proceedings initiated by the prosecutor’s office has decreased
Ukrainian ‘C14’ Neo-Nazis openly offer to act as thugs for money
Ukraine’s far-right ‘C14’ organization is trying to entice ‘donors’ by offering to make trouble for the latter’s ‘enemies’. The advertisement on their Facebook page may not break the law, but is certainly alarming from an organization which at least one Kyiv local authority is using to help ‘keep the peace’.
Ukraine carries out Russian-style raid of Islamic Cultural Centre
Said Ismagilov, Mufti of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine, has accused Ukraine’s enforcement bodies of multiple infringements during an early-morning search of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Kyiv. Ukraine is using methods, he says, which are disturbingly similar to those applied in Russian-occupied Crimea
Ukrainian police violently dispersed protesters without any court order
It is becoming increasingly clear that there was no legal justification for the dispersal of a tent camp of protesters from outside the Verkhovna Rada on 3 March and the detaining of over 100 activists. The Head of the Human Rights Ombudsperson’s Secretariat also reports that the nature of the bodily injuries sustained during the dispersal suggests that the police used excessive force.
Ukraine Police accused of attacks on journalists leaving one hospitalized
One journalist was hospitalized with chemical burns after the dispersal on March 3 by Ukraine’s ‘new police’ of the protest camps outside parliament. Two other members of the press also complain of ill-treatment from officers in helmets, who they say were not wearing any insignia to enable individual identification. .
Bitter questions as Ukraine’s leaders wax rhetorical about Maidan
On this fourth anniversary of the bloodiest days of Euromaidan, only one person is serving a real sentence for crimes against Maidan activists, and virtually all of the investigations are facing sabotage. Euromaidan SOS founder, Oleksandra Matviychuk is not alone in finding the breast-beating pathos and empty promises from Ukraine’s leaders obscene.
Neo-Nazi Azov fighter granted Ukrainian citizenship linked with police and far-right vigilantes
Ukraine’s Interior Minister and other top officials were swift to distance themselves from the far-right vigilantes who held a frightening oath-giving ceremony on Jan 28. Both this and the public outcry were cheering. The same cannot be said for information linking yet another person holding a police post with the far-right groups behind these so-called ‘natsionalni druzhyny’.
Far-right vigilantes imposing ‘Ukrainian order’ are strange partners for Ukraine’s National Police
So-called ‘National Militia Units’ are promising to ’establish Ukrainian order” on the streets of Kyiv, seemingly in cooperation with Ukraine’s National Police. Assurances from the Interior Ministry cannot allay concerns about police collaboration with an organization which has on many occasions demonstrated intolerance towards ethnic minorities, as well as to people whose sexual orientation, political or other beliefs they view with antagonism.