Chilling Echoes: Lutsenko, Verbytsky, Portnikov
Well-known journalist and civic activist Ihor Lutsenko is alive, but badly injured after being abducted from hospital, taken to a forest outside Kyiv and beaten up. Yury Verbytsky, abducted at the same time, remains missing, while Vitaly Portnikov has left the country out of fears for his safety
Mejlis demands extraordinary session of parliament to revoke Jan 16 anti-protest laws
"Faithful to the principle of non-violence which is the basis of the Crimean Tatar national movement, [the Mejlis calls on all Ukrainian citizens, all nationalities in the Crimea to stand up in defence of civil rights and liberties.”.
Vaad Ukraine condemns efforts to use anti-Semitism for political gain
The Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine demand adequate investigation of recent anti-Semitic attacks. They warn that given overt attempts to use the topic of anti-Semitism to discredit the opposition and civil protest movement, the Jewish community should be especially vigilant.
Titushki loose in central Kyiv: Take Care and Take Photos!
EuroMaidan activists are asking all journalists and others in the centre of Kyiv during this second night of unrest to take care and to take photos. Both are needed because of large numbers of “titushki or hired thugs swarming the centre
Six Kyiv students in custody
Seven students from the Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television were detained on Monday morning when returning from Maidan Nezalezhnosti. One has been released, the others are accused of involvement in the Hrushevsky St confrontation
Stop Censorship calls for international sanctions against high-ranking officials
“Support human rights in Ukraine through real actions. We, journalists of the Stop Censorship movement, call on you to apply sanctions against those high-ranking officials responsible for unleashing violence in Ukraine”
More reports of journalists under fire
Radio Svoboda cameraman Ihor Ishakov after being detained and supposedly questioned as a witness. He and Dmytro Barkar were detained just after they videoed footage of a police officer aiming and shooting directly at them
SBU General: Police in breach of the Constitution on Hrushevsky St
The combat grenades used by police against protesters on Hrushevsky St are for use against terrorists and criminals, a former deputy head of the SBU [Security Service] says
Whether or not the disturbances on Hrushevsky St were initiated by specially commissioned provocateurs, after last week’s legislative coup, they were very widely predicted
Yevgeny Novitsky: I’m a foreign agent and I’m proud of it
Better than any legal commentary about the Russian look-alike attempt to stigmatize NGOs as “foreign agents” is this account from a father whose son’s leukemia and that suffered by other children could be treated thanks to help from abroad
Writers, journalists and activists hand themselves in
In one of a number of original protests, activists have come to a SIZO [remand prison’ to confess for the masks (saucepans and bowls…) on their heads, their car procession and other “offences” as per the new anti-protest law
Signed into Dictatorship
It is now official: the president has signed a number of bills overtly aimed at crushing peaceful protest and freedom of speech, and silencing journalists, civic activists and all active members of civil society
Legal analysis of the Jan 16 laws
This analysis of the procedural violations and infringements of Ukrainian and international legislation in the laws voted on in parliament on Jan 16 was provided to EuroMaidan SOS by a group of lawyers.
Statement from Human Rights Organizations
Law No. 3879 hastily voted on and signed on Jan 16 indicates that Ukraine has entered a period of reaction and obscurantism. This is why society will be forced to move to new forms of non-violent resistance
Yanukovych’s Dangerous Blitzkrieg
It seems likely that the president has already signed into law some of the most scandalous and disastrous bills voted on through a show of hands and multiple procedural irregularities in parliament on Thursday.
Ruling party absolves Berkut of liability for Nov 30
Among the “laws” adopted by the ruling majority during a gravely flawed parliamentary vote on Thursday was one which expands the amnesty law to cover those guilty of beating peaceful protesters and journalists on Nov 30, Dec 1 and other occasions linked with the EuroMaidan protests
Ukraine’s ruling majority slips in dangerously repressive law
A draft law “passed” in full by the ruling majority in parliament on Jan 16 criminalizes libel, labels and restricts civic associations receiving foreign grants as “foreign agents” and imposes and substantially increases liability for any forms of protest. If the president does not veto the bill, it will set Ukraine’s democracy back by years.
Peaceful protest in Kyiv and Mezhyhirya banned
Two months after Viktor Yanukovych “applauded” EuroMaidan protests, courts have once again come up with blanket bans of peaceful protest in central Kyiv, and near the president’s highly controversial residence at Mezhyhirya
Courts strip AutoMaidan activists of their licences without any grounds
AutoMaidan activists warn of their intention to apply to the European Court of Human Rights if courts continue to strip them of their driving licences for taking part in the car procession to the president’s residence at Mezhyhirya on Jan 29.