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Interethnic relations

Ethnic raids in the Crimea

22.11.14
The occupation ‘authorities’ in the Crimea have now resorted to armed raids of markets and cafes in Simferopol with people obviously targeted by officers from the ’department for countering extremism’ because of ‘non-Slavonic appearance’
We remember

Mustafa Dzhemiliev: The sacrifice was not in vain

22.11.14
"The Heavenly Hundred through their deaths prevented the death of many other people. And Ukraine took a step forward. Thanks to such acts society consolidate and a nation emerges. Please note how we have united, regardless of origin or faith. We all say that we are Ukrainians"
News from the CIS countries

Russian soldiers’ deaths in Ukraine: A web of lies and fake social network pages

21.11.14 | Halya Coynash
The Russian authorities are still citing the state secrets act or medical confidentiality to avoid telling the truth about soldiers, some conscripts, killed in fighting in Ukraine. They have even tried to pretend that the Pskov paratroopers killed are still alive, with fake VKontakte social network entries
Politics and human rights

One in Five Ukrainians took part in EuroMaidan

21.11.14
If overall throughout the country 37.9% of respondents viewed Euromaidan as a conscious struggle by citizens who had united to defend their rights, this was as high as 70% in the West of Ukraine, and only 3.2% in Donbas
The right to life

Russian military presence reported in latest UN report

21.11.14
Over 4,300 people were killed between mid-April and Nov 18 in eastern Ukraine, with almost one thousand wounded. 957 deaths have been recorded since the ‘ceasefire’ supposedly came into force
Deported peoples

Continuing attack on Crimean Tatar Mejlis and Crimea Foundation

20.11.14
A court in Simferopol has imposed massive fines on the Crimea Foundation and its director in what the latter calls the latest step in a politically-motivated attack aimed at destroying the Foundation.
Politics and human rights

Lustration law to face Constitutional Court scrutiny

20.11.14
Supporters of the recent lustration law have slammed the decision by Ukraine’s Supreme Court to seek judgment on the law’s constitutionality. Their suspicions as to the motives of those courts which oppose the law may be shared, however so too are concerns about the law in question
On refugees

Law on Internally Displaced Persons finally passed into Law

20.11.14
President Poroshenko has signed a law regulating the status and rights of people forced to leave their homes in the Crimea or Donbas. The law was long overdue even when adopted by parliament on Oct 20 and a month later the delay was simply incomprehensible
Interethnic relations

Foul Desecration of Monument at Babyn Yar

19.11.14 | Halya Coynash
This attack at the site of a terrible Nazi crime comes just days after prominent Ukrainian Jewish organizations warned of the need for vigilance, calm and unity in the face of a dishonest propaganda campaign around anti-Semitism in Ukraine and likely attempts at provocation
On refugees

Donbas Ukrainians feel betrayed

19.11.14 | Halya Coynash
The Ukrainian government has issued a blow to people living in areas under the control of Kremlin-backed militants.  That at least is how many view measures which could leave some of the most vulnerable people in Donbas without pensions, or access to hospitals, etc.
Penal institutions

Brutal beating of Berdychiv prisoners

19.11.14
There is an ominous sense of déjà vu about reports that prisoners at a Ukrainian corrective colony have been beaten during a ‘search’ only weeks after reports that 20 prisoners had gone on hunger strike in protest at conditions and treatment.
Politics and human rights

Putin’s Media Cocoon, Spun with German Help

18.11.14 | Halya Coynash
Vladimir Putin’s early departure from G20 probably made sense. At home both his press service and the media have ensured that most Russians learn nothing of his humiliation in Brisbane. They hear plenty, however, of a German TV interview that provided exactly the gentle uncritical questions Putin has come to expect.
News from the CIS countries

Most Russians believe information war is against Russia

18.11.14
Around 80% of Russians believe that Ukraine on the one hand, and the USA and western countries on the other are waging an information war against Russia. Only 12% often read information which gives a version of events in Ukraine which differs greatly from that on Russian television and other federal media
We remember, Human Rights Violations associated with EuroMaidan

In Ukraine, Grief, Pride, and Anger as Families remember Euromaidan Dead

18.11.14 | Clare Bigg
Millions of Ukrainians will be honouring the more than 110 EuroMaidan activists who lost their lives in the protests that began a year ago this week

  

Articles

Ukrainian Citizens and Russia’s Political Prisoners

Halya Coynash
In a letter otherwise devoid of real content*, Russia’s Prosecutor General has inadvertently admitted that Oleg Sentsov and three other Crimean opponents of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea are Ukrainian citizens

Nadiya Savchenko: I’m sick of Russia and your lying courts

Halya Coynash
Nadiya Savchenko was finally taken to the Basmanny Court in Moscow on Friday and expressed her full contempt of both the Russian media and ‘courts’. In fact, however, Friday’s court hearing did bring one surprise – an impeccably law-based decision.

A Lustration Law for the Record – and the Elections

Halya Coynash
The farcical nature of Ukraine’s new Law on Cleaning up the Government was seen within hours of the law coming into force. The list made public of the first 36 heads to roll was like a modern public execution – of suspected witches rather than of known criminals.

Human rights in Ukraine in March – August 2014: general trends

Yevhen Zakharov
Brief analysis of the human rights situation in Ukraine following the Revolution of Dignity

Targeting the Crimean Tatar Mejlis as pro-Russian euphoria fades in Crimea

Halya Coynash
Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov recently asserted that the Crimean Tatar people have received what they couldn’t have dreamt of within Ukraine”. Lavrov was unusually close to the truth since in their worst nightmares Crimean Tatars could not have imagined the violations of their rights seen since Russia annexed their homeland.

Tortured by Kremlin-backed militants

Halya Coynash
Assertions that the men whose bodies have been brought to a Zaporizhya morgue suffered horrific torture are corroborated not only by the harrowing photos, but by tales of soldiers or civilians held captive by militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic..

If Russia is not at war, then who is in those freshly-dug graves?

Halya Coynash
Russians are also now asking hard-hitting questions as macabre efforts continue in Pskov and other parts of Russia to conceal the death or injury of a large number of soldiers sent to fight Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine