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On refugees

How could Ukraine forcibly return a Maidan activist to Russia?

28.09.16 | Halya Coynash
Sergei Anisiforov has just had the latest application for asylum rejected by the Ukrainian Migration Service despite different courts agreeing that the Russian would be in danger if forced to return. Ukraine’s Migration Service, most incredibly, appears to still be collaborating with the Russian authorities.
The right to life

Russia brings enforced disappearances to occupied Crimea

28.09.16 | Halya Coynash
Civic activists held a vigil outside the Russian embassy in Kyiv on Sept 27, demanding to know the whereabouts of 19-year-old Islyam Dzhepparov and his cousin, brazenly abducted exactly two years ago, civic activist Ervin Ibragimov and many others who have disappeared since Russia invaded and annexed Crimea
Civic society

Social Services Threatened as Charities Face Eviction

28.09.16
Station Kharkiv, one of the city’s largest volunteer organizations, is facing the loss of its offices after donors told the organization that they could no longer provide sufficient funds to cover the rent of the premises.
Freedom of expression

Russia brings Stalin era denunciations to occupied Crimea

27.09.16 | Halya Coynash
Political prisoners, punitive psychiatry, censorship and a Stalinist-era culture of denunciations, this is what Russia brought with its invasion and annexation of Crimea. Fear of being reported to the occupation authorities by neighbours or colleagues had long been a reality. Now one Yalta lawyer has been ‘denounced’ by local council members, including somebody he had considered a friend for 20 years
Law enforcement agencies

Interior Minister accused of hate speech against those forced to flee Donbas

27.09.16 | Halya Coynash
Vostok-SOS and other civic organizations have reacted with anger to remarks made on Friday by Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s Interior Minister regarding Ukrainians displaced by the fighting in Donbas
Law enforcement agencies

Fighting corruption the Ukrainian way: new elements

26.09.16 | Yevhen Zakharov
Overview of the activities of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and of the difficulties it encounters when carrying out its functions
Freedom of conscience and religion

Prosecutor demands harsher sentence for Crimean Tatar political prisoner

26.09.16 | Halya Coynash
There are absolutely no grounds, but the case against Ruslan Zeitullayev; Ferat Saifullayev; Rustem Vaitov and Nuri Primov now looks bad for the prosecutor, since even the court in Rostov could not ignore the lack of any evidence to back the charges and passed the minimum sentences possible.
News from the CIS countries

Russian arrested, fined for reading aloud the Constitution

26.09.16 | Halya Coynash
Viktor Kapitonov has received a huge fine after being detained on Sept. 12 outside the State Duma for reading out Russia’s Constitution, a document supposedly of direct force which guarantees the right to freedom of peaceful assembly.
Terrorism

Executed and tortured in Donbass

26.09.16 | Hennadii Shcherbak, Roman Yatsynych, CO “Mirniy Bereg” (“Shore of Peace”)

Arbitrary and extrajudicial killings, torture, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary detentions.

Terrorism

Human Rights Violations in the so-called LNR and DNR: legislation and Practice

26.09.16 | Yevgeniy Zakharov

Since there are no prospects for an early end to the occupation of Donbas territories, it is necessary to examine the social reality that has emerged in the LNR and the DNR and, in particular, the human rights situation, both at the normative level and in practice.

The right to life

Destructions in Donbas. Scale, attempts at reconstruction and perspectives for redress for victims

26.09.16 | Yurii Aseev, Yana Smelianskaia

In March 2014, Eastern regions of Ukraine became an arena of the Russian secret services’ "Russian Spring" plan, aiming to pull a large part of Ukrainian territories out of Ukrainian jurisdiction. These actions were supported by a wide information campaign in the Russian Federation. As a result of resistance from the Ukrainian state and its society, the plan was disrupted, but on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR) were created, and the confrontation escalated into an armed conflict.

We remember

Roma Victims Remembered at Babyn Yar

25.09.16
As the 75th anniversary approaches of the massacre of 33 thousand Ukrainian Jews at Babyn Yar, Ukraine’s religious leaders have joined in a memorial service for the Nazis’ Roma victims killed at what was then a ravine on the outskirts of Kyiv
Deported peoples

New Wave of Repression Feared after Crimean Tatar Mejlis Ban Comes into Force

23.09.16 | Halya Coynash
Ukrainian parliamentarians and international organizations have been urged to keep Russian-occupied Crimea on the agenda and warned that a new escalation in repression against Crimean Tatars is probable once the ban on the Crimean Tatar Mejlis or representative assembly comes into effect
Freedom of expression

No Mercy for Crimean Journalist Facing 5-Year Sentence for Opposing Russian Occupation

23.09.16 | Halya Coynash
Mykola Semena, a 66-year-old Crimean journalist has been refused permission to travel to Kyiv for an urgently needed operation following a spinal injury. Without the operation, Semena could face irreparable damage to his health, making him an invalid.
Freedom of expression

Pro-Russian propagandist Graham Phillips should be delighted by the calls to take away his passport

23.09.16 | Halya Coynash
However reprehensible pro-Russian propagandist Graham Phillips’ behaviour is, the calls to strip him of his travel documents seem misguided, which is probably why Russian propaganda media are eagerly reporting them. It is authoritarian states who restrict their own citizens from travelling abroad

  

Articles

Crimean Tatars sentenced for kitchen chat in Russian-occupied Crimean ‘conveyor belt trial’

Halya Coynash
The sentences could have been much worse which is the only positive thing to say about the conviction on Wednesday of four Crimean Tatars on trumped up charges. The men’s defiant T-shirts and taped mouths said it all.

Umerov Released: Only Russia’s Persecution Showed Pathology

Halya Coynash
What Russia was hoping to achieve by risking Umerov’s life and resorting to punitive psychiatry remains unclear. Presumably not the actual result, namely to highlight the Soviet-style repression unleashed since Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea

Russia resurrects Soviet repression, punitive psychiatry in occupied Crimea

Halya Coynash
25 years since the coup which led to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has returned to the punitive psychiatry, politically motivated trials of dissidents, rights violations and virulent propaganda of Soviet times. Nowhere is this seen more dramatically than in Ukrainian Crimea, invaded and annexed in early 2014.

Send a Sunflower for Independence Day to Russia’s Ukrainian Hostages

Halya Coynash
Ukraine is celebrating 25 years of Independence on August 24. The anniversary is poignant for so many reasons, but must be particularly painful for those Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea. Please show them solidarity with a breath of Ukraine – a sunflower!

Terror on a Conveyor Belt in Russian-occupied Crimea

Halya Coynash
The 14 Crimean Muslims now facing huge sentences in Russian-occupied Crimea for unproven involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine include rights activists or people active in their communities, and the prosecutions seem clearly intended as a form of intimidation.

Russia moves to silence imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader

Halya Coynash
Russia’s most openly lawless prosecution since occupying Crimea has descended to a new low with the refusal to allow Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz to even attend his own court hearings and the unfounded decision to separate the proceedings into two trials.

Alternative report on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by Ukraine

Prepared by Anti-Discrimination Centre “Memorial” and Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group for the 90th session of the UN CERD, 2016