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Deported peoples

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

19.09.14 | 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.
Children’s rights

No equality of languages in the Crimea

19.09.14
Despite the assurances given by Russia when it annexed the Crimea and the fact that there are three state languages – Ukrainian, Russian and Crimean Tatar, the time assigned to each in Crimean schools is totally disproportionate
The right to liberty and security

Attack on Crimean Tatar scholar Nadir Bekir

19.09.14
The attack on Nadir Bekir and what was taken suggest that his assailants were no common thieves.
Deported peoples

Crimean Tatar Mejlis given 24 hours to leave

18.09.14 | Halya Coynash 
If any Crimean Tatar had hoped that fears about Russia’s occupation of their homeland were unfounded, hope died on Sept 17. The Mejlis has been given 24 hours to ‘vacate’ their headquarters in Simferopol. Associations with the Deportation when all Crimean Tatars were given just half an hour to prepare for exile are perhaps exaggerated, however the reminders of Soviet repression are certainly increasing by the day
The right to liberty and security

Journalist missing in Luhansk

18.09.14
Nothing has been heard from journalist Oleksandr Bilokobylsky since he set off on Sept 13 from Kharkiv to take food and medicines to relatives in Luhansk
Social and economic rights

Kremlin-backed militants continue ‘appropriating’ vehicles

18.09.14
On the same day that parliament in a secret vote passed a law giving areas controlled by pro-Russian militants special status, a Luhansk website reports another case where a car has simply been taken away by armed members of the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic
Deported peoples

Offensive against Crimean Tatars continues

18.09.14
The FSB, together with bailiffs, have arrived at the Mejlis building in Simferopol, while men waving machine guns have been carrying out more ‘searches’ of Crimean Tatar homes
Deported peoples

Armed offensive against Crimean Tatar Mejlis

17.09.14 | Halya Coynash
The 11-hour search of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis ended with the FSB removing the minutes from several meetings of the Mejlis; religious books and personal items, belonging to Mustafa Dzhemiliev. It appears that Russia and its occupation regime, having failed to ‘tame’ or at least silence the Mejlis, are now resorting to open repression
Politics and human rights

What now? Donbas and Ukraine with the ‘special status law’

17.09.14 | Halya Coynash 
Serhiy Taruta, Donetsk Governor feels that the citizens of Donbas have been sold out by the laws passed in a secret vote on Tuesday, while a constitutional expert points out that the law makes no mention of removal of Russian troops or restoration of the State border
The right to life

Remembering Georgy Gongadze and other slain journalists

17.09.14
In Kyiv on September 16 journalists, civic activists and others attended the now traditional gathering remembering slain journalist Georgy Gongadze and other journalists in Ukraine who died while carrying out their work.
Politics and human rights

No Limits to Russian Impunity?

16.09.14 | Halya Coynash
If President Poroshenko’s ‘special status’ draft bill for the parts of Donbas under Kremlin-backed militant control is passed, it will create the latest of Moscow’s frozen conflicts in Europe and make a bitter mockery of rule of law in Ukraine
On refugees

Russia plans fast-track removal of Ukrainian refugees to Siberia

16.09.14 | Halya Coynash 
A new Russian decree instructs the authorities in occupied Crimea, as well as 10 Russian regions to send refugees from Ukraine to parts of the RF under a ‘voluntary settlement’ programme Siberia is meant and there’s nothing voluntary about it.
Deported peoples

Armed men rip Ukrainian flag off Mejlis building

16.09.14
During the night after ‘elections’ organized by the occupation regime in the Crimea and boycotted by most Crimean Tatars, three men carried out a highly specific attack on the Mejlis building in Simferopol.
On refugees

Official: Nearly 40 thousand refugees have returned to Donbas

16.09.14
The head of the State Emergency Service has reported that for the first time people are returning to eastern Ukraine, rather than leaving the area where fighting has been underway
Against torture and ill-treatment

Tortured by Kremlin-backed militants

15.09.14 | 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..

  

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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

Invasion by any other name

Halya Coynash
The suspicion that Russia’s ‘humanitarian convoy’ was being used to divert attention from other activities was probably confirmed on Aug 23. Western leaders concentrated only on that undoubted violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty while ignoring NATO reports of direct Russian military incursions

Serious failings seen in new ‘lustration’ bill

Volodymyr Yavorsky, lawyer and human rights specialist, has subjected the latest draft law on lustration to close analysis and his verdict is not good. Instead of defending democracy, lustration as per this bill would be more likely to turn into a mechanism of selective political persecution of officials and would destroy independent institutions.

Odessa "Massacre" Propaganda vs. the Facts

Halya Coynash
The tragic events in Odessa on May 2, 2014, are rapidly being transformed into a propaganda campaign for Moscow. The facts are now available and need to be widely known. By allowing outrageous claims of a fascist ‘massacre’ to go unrefuted, we risk proving yet again how very little human beings learn from history.

Whose war?

Halya Coynash
The shooting down of MH17 has led to harsh words used about Moscow’s very major role in providing the arms and military technology, men and training for artificially manufactured unrest (and bitterly real bloodshed), but left terminology, like ‘civil war’ and ‘separatist’ largely intact

Russia resurrects Soviet ways in treatment of the Crimean Tatars

Halya Coynash
Enforced exile is always a personal tragedy. In this case, however, a ban has been imposed on Refat Chubarov, head of the Crimean Tatars’ representative body and this is an affront to all Crimean Tatars. It is also a test and challenge to western countries who claim commitment to rule of law and human rights while wanting business as usual with Russia