10.07.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

“Crimea is our land. We did not give it to Russia, nor did we sell it” Powerful final court address by Crimean Tatar human rights defender

The judges on 25 June who confirmed horrific sentences against Emir-Usein Kuku, Crimean Tatar human rights activist and Amnesty International prisoner of conscience and five other Ukrainian political prisoners were almost certainly following directives ‘from above’. So too, however, were the Soviet NKVD who took part in executing so-called ‘enemies of the people’ | detail

10.07.2020     Freedom of movement

Russia is committing a war crime by deporting Ukrainians from occupied Crimea

Ukrainians living in their own native Crimea face all kinds of restrictions and discrimination if they have not taken Russian citizenship, and can, and often do, find themselves deported from their homeland | detail

09.07.2020     Victims of political repression

Why expel Russians ‘planning crimes for the Kremlin’ when Russia holds so many Ukrainian political prisoners?

There is bemused indignation among relatives of the Kremlin’s many Ukrainian political prisoners at police reports that two Russians working for the FSB and believed to have been planning to commit grave crimes in Ukraine have merely been deported from the country | detail

09.07.2020     The right to liberty and security

Russia uses torture by Donbas militants to fabricate a new Ukrainian ‘spying trial’

Eight months after human rights NGOs declared Oleksandr Marchenko a political prisoner, Russia is dragging out his secret ‘trial’, while also refusing to allow the Ukrainian General Consul in Rostov to visit him | detail

08.07.2020     News from the CIS countries

Russian prosecutor demands 15-year sentence against historian of the Terror Yuri Dmitriev

Russia’s cynical rerun of its trial of world-renowned historian of the Soviet Terror, Yuri Dmitriev, is coming to an end with the prosecutor on 7 July demanding a 15-year sentence in a maximum security prison | detail

08.07.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Blind man among those arrested for Russia’s conveyor belt of terror in occupied Crimea

Seven men were arrested in occupied Crimea on 7 July 2020 in Russia’s new fabricated ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir’ case, with the FSB having reached new depths and arrested a man who is totally blind | detail

08.07.2020     News from the CIS countries

Memorial: Yuri Dmitriev is innocent and should be freed

The second trial is coming to an end of Yuri Dmitriev, historian and head of the Karelian Memorial Society, our friend and colleague. | detail

07.07.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

New illegal excavations at Chersonese in occupied Crimea as Russia tries to rewrite history

The Russian occupation authorities have resumed illegal excavations at Tauric Chersonese near Sevastopol, the site of an ancient city which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List | detail

07.07.2020     The right to liberty and security

Russia secretly imprisons Ukrainian footballer for 9 months, then charges him with ‘spying’ for Ukraine

News only emerged of the arrest of 53-year-old former footballer Vasyl Vasylenko on 6 July 2020, nine months after he was arrested in Moscow | detail

06.07.2020     News from the CIS countries

Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva convicted on ‘terrorism’ charge for criticizing state terror

“I am not afraid of criticizing the state. I am not afraid of criticizing the law enforcement system, and of telling the FSB that they are at times wrong. Because I know that it will really get frightening if I don’t say this, if nobody says it” - from Svetlana Prokopyeva’s final address to a Russian court | detail

03.07.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia begins ‘trial’ of Crimean Tatar leader for crossing a non-existent state border

The ‘trial’ on charges of surreal lawlessness has (almost) begun in occupied Crimea of veteran Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP, Mustafa Dzhemilev | detail

03.07.2020     News from the CIS countries

Covid-19 outbreak in Russian prison where Ihor Kiyashko was jailed after seeking medication for his son

Ihor Kiyashko, a Ukrainian lawyer imprisoned in Russia on bizarre ‘spying’ charges, has been placed in a prison medical unit with potentially serious health issues, including thrombophlebitis, a blood clotting disorder which has developed in the appalling conditions of Russian prisons and high blood pressure | detail


06.07.2020     The right to a fair trial

Ukraine taken to European Court over Sheremet murder trial by press conference

Andriy Antonenko asserts that his right to a fair trial has been gravely violated, among other things by the public pronouncements made at a press briefing attended by the President, Prosecutor General, Interior Minister and Head of Police | detail

26.06.2020     Against torture and ill-treatment

Ukrainians’ tolerance towards unlawful violence is increasing – human rights protectors

The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is celebrated annually on June 26, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1997 “with the aim of full eradication of torture and provision of effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and Punishment that came into force on 26 June 1987“. | detail

26.06.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Huge sentences upheld for defending human rights and integrity in Russian-occupied Crimea

A Russian court has refused to revoke horrific sentences against Crimean Tatar human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku and five other Ukrainian Muslims despite the lack of any crime and a record-breaking number of falsifications | detail

05.06.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Six-year sentence for worship in dramatic escalation of religious persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea

In a shocking escalation of repression in occupied Crimea, a Russian-controlled court has revoked the fine imposed upon Ukrainian Jehovah’s Witness Artem Gerasimov and sentenced him to six years’ imprisonment | detail

02.06.2020     Freedom of conscience and religion

“Mama, have they come to kill us?” Russia’s new-old terror and deportation of Crimean Tatars

Uzeir and his brother, Teymur Abdullayev, were among five Crimean Tatars arrested on 12 October 2016 on charges relating solely to their faith, and deported to Russian prisons, where they are held to this day. | detail


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