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Freedom of conscience and religion

All but one faith persecuted in occupied Crimea

26.11.14
"Who could have imagined that in the 21st century in the centre of Europe we would be seeing widespread repression unleashed on the basis of religion? (Said Ismagilov, Mufti of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine)
Deported peoples

Another Arrest in Dubious ’May 3’ Case against Crimean Tatars

26.11.14
A fourth arrest on Nov 25 has heightened suspicion that Russia’s puppet regime in the Crimea is manufacturing its own Bolotnaya Square trials, like those in Russia, aimed at intimidating Crimean Tatars and silencing opposition.
News from the CIS countries

Add your Greeting to Oleksandr Kolchenko, Ukrainian Citizen and Kremlin Prisoner

25.11.14
Oleksandr [Sasha] Kolchenko is about to turn 25 in Russian detention. Please help pass birthday greetings to him and a clear message to one of Russia’s Crimean political prisoners - and to Moscow – that he is not forgotten!
News from the CIS countries

Savchenko Case: No legal grounds, no evidence and total distrust in Russian justice

25.11.14 | Halya Coynash
A deputy from the St Petersburg Legislative Assembly has condemned the political case against Nadiya Savchenko and said that it compounds total distrust in the Russian law enforcement system.
Freedom of conscience and religion

Head of a Roman Catholic church driven out of Crimea

25.11.14
As feared, it seems that the occupation regime’s demand that religious communities re-register according to Russian legislation is being used as a weapon to remove many churches that have long existed in the Crimea.
Social and economic rights

In Donbas protests against militant rule – and hunger - mounting

24.11.14 | Halya Coynash
The Kremlin-backed militants in Sverdlovsk have come up with pitiful amounts for public sector workers following the angry protests by over a thousand residents last week.
News from the CIS countries

Another Russian rights group probing Russian soldiers’ role in Ukraine under fire

24.11.14
Russia’s Justice Ministry has begun an unscheduled ‘check’ of one of Russia’s most well-known organizations, ‘For Human Rights’
The right to a fair trial

Execution for ‘Spying’, ‘Desertion’ or for a Ukrainian Flag?

24.11.14 | Halya Coynash
With rule already based on denunciations, violence, and intimidation, and with social unrest mounting, the military ‘three-man courts’ with the power to impose death sentences are another chilling reminder of the worst Soviet methods and clearly aimed at terrorising the population
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.

  

Articles

In Donbas protests against militant rule – and hunger - mounting

Halya Coynash
The Kremlin-backed militants in Sverdlovsk have come up with pitiful amounts for public sector workers following the angry protests by over a thousand residents last week.

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..