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17.05.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Bitter 75th Anniversary of the Crimean Tatar Deportation as Russian persecution mounts in occupied Crimea

This is no formal remembrance of a tragedy somewhere back in the distant past. 75 years after Stalin’s monstrous act of genocide, many Crimean Tatars are once again in forced exile, others imprisoned in occupied Crimea or Russia for their civic activism or simply for their faith | detail

17.05.2019     The right to liberty and security

Tortured Crimean Tatar jailed for over 10 years without a crime

The de facto High Court in Russian-occupied Crimea has upheld a 10.5 year sentence against a young Crimean Tatar,  Fevzi Sahandzhy despite the latter’s allegations of torture and the lack of any criminal behaviour in the charges | detail

16.05.2019     The right to life

Russian Twitter ‘false flag’ operation to blame Ukraine for MH17 broke all records

Within the first two days of the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 on 17July 2014, Russian Internet trolls, financed by a billionaire with links to Putin had posted at least 65 thousand tweets trying to blame Ukraine for the disaster | detail

15.05.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Civic journalist Osman Arifmemetov imprisoned in Russia for reporting repression in occupied Crimea

Osman Arifmemetov was one of the first civic journalists in occupied Crimea and there is every reason to believe that his arrest and imprisonment are the direct result of his tireless work in reporting on the ever-increasing number of armed searches, arrests and politically-motivated ‘trials’ since 2014 | detail

15.05.2019     Politics and human rights

Ukraine will only help Russia if it strips Donbas residents who take Russian citizenship of their pensions

The threat to stop social payments may be an understandable reaction to Russia’s new act of aggression in offering its citizenship to Ukrainians in its proxy Donbas ‘republics’, but it is one that is likely to backfire | detail

14.05.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Ukrainian MPs seem ready to abandon Kremlin hostages

After two years of empty assurances about support for the Kremlin’s Ukrainian hostages and POWs, Ukraine’s lawmakers could be on the point of passing a bill that gives the Security Service unwarranted power to determine who counts as a hostage, while not helping any of the ever-increasing number of political prisoners held in occupied Crimea and Russia | detail

14.05.2019     Social and economic rights

Russian proxy republics ‘officially’ seize Ukrainians’ homes in Donbas

The so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [‘DPR’] are stealing apartments in Donbas and claiming this to be legal because the property owners did not respond to their ‘summons’.  In many of the cases, the apartments are owned by Ukrainians who left occupied territory and who would be in danger of imprisonment (or worse) if they returned | detail

13.05.2019     Freedom of expression

German peace prize to Ukrainian journalist Kotsaba is discredited by the Russian lies he parrots, not just his anti-Semitism

While the decision to award the 2019 Aachen Peace Prize to Ukrainian journalist and blogger Ruslan Kotsaba is rightly in question because of a shocking anti-Semitic video, there are other reasons by the choice of Kotsaba seems bafflingly inappropriate (text in English and German) | detail

13.05.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia denies that political prisoner Balukh has Ukrainian citizenship after jailing him for not betraying Ukraine

The Russian prison service is treating Volodymyr Balukh as a Russian citizen and refusing to let him see the Ukrainian consul.  Balukh is imprisoned for his peaceful opposition to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and was subjected to farcical ‘trials’ as a Ukrainian, so the move now to deny him his citizenship is especially lawless | detail

10.05.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia claims torture used to imprison Sentsov is none of the European Court’s business

It is five years today since Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was seized by Russian FSB and tortured in occupied Crimea. If the allegations of torture were untrue, why is Russia lying about when he was arrested? | detail

10.05.2019     Deported peoples

Monument to Crimean Tatar WWII heroes which debunked Russia’s lies destroyed in occupied Crimea

‘Vandals’ in Russian-occupied Crimea have totally destroyed a monument to Crimean Tatars killed in battle during World War II | detail

08.05.2019     Law enforcement agencies

Crucial victory as Ukrainian court orders compensation for Roma families driven out of Loshchynivka

A court of appeal in Odesa has found that the police failure to react adequately during anti-Roma riots in August 2016 was unlawful, and has awarded compensation to the families driven from their homes | detail

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