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03.07.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia begins ‘trial’ of Crimean Tatar leader for crossing a non-existent state border

The ‘trial’ on charges of surreal lawlessness has (almost) begun in occupied Crimea of veteran Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP, Mustafa Dzhemilev | detail

03.07.2020     News from the CIS countries

Covid-19 outbreak in Russian prison where Ihor Kiyashko was jailed after seeking medication for his son

Ihor Kiyashko, a Ukrainian lawyer imprisoned in Russia on bizarre ‘spying’ charges, has been placed in a prison medical unit with potentially serious health issues, including thrombophlebitis, a blood clotting disorder which has developed in the appalling conditions of Russian prisons and high blood pressure | detail

03.07.2020     News from the CIS countries

Belarusian Vlogger Gets Another 15 Days In Jail As He Awaits Criminal Charges

Syarhey Tsikhanouski, a jailed Belarusian vlogger who is seeking to take part in an August presidential election and facing criminal charges, has been sentenced to additional 15 days in jail on a charge of "disobeying the police." | detail

02.07.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Far-right French politicians enter Crimea illegally to rubberstamp fake Putin and occupation forever vote

If far-right French politician Thierry Mariani publicly denied the Holocaust, he would have long been removed from the EU’s European Endowment for Democracy. Why is his public support for Russia’s occupation of Crimea and denial of human rights crimes not regarded as a problem? | detail

02.07.2020     The right to liberty and security

Ukrainian partisan seized for the third time by Russian-controlled Donbas militants

Much remains unclear about how 29-year-old Hryhory Sinchenko managed to escape from his militant captors in May this year.  What, unfortunately, cannot be doubted is that the young Ukrainian’s life in the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] is in danger, and publicity is urgently needed. | detail

01.07.2020     The right to a fair trial

Shock acquittal of Ukrainian judge involved in persecuting Maidan activists

Oksana Tsarevych has been acquitted by a Kyiv court of knowingly passing wrongful rulings during the Euromaidan protests when she stripped at least four Automaidan activists of their driving licences | detail

01.07.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Crimean Tatar political prisoners punished for refusing to take part in Russia’s ’forever Putin referendum’

Several Crimean Tatar prisoners and their cellmates have been threatened and punished because they refused to take part in the pseudo ‘referendum’ on amendments to Russia’s Constitution | detail

30.06.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

CoE’s Russian partner persecutes 90-year-old believer & hundreds of Crimean & Russian political prisoners

A Russian body which boasts of collaboration with the Council of Europe has added Rimma Vashchenko, a 90-year-old Jehovah’s Witness to its notorious ‘List of Terrorists and Extremists’, which also contains the names of over 80 Ukrainian political prisoners | detail

30.06.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Crimean Tatar Regional Mejlis leader on trial for a museum exhibit WWII weapon

Any old charge will do in Russian-occupied Crimea when the target is a Crimean Tatar regional Mejlis leader like 69-year-old Ilver Ametov | detail

30.06.2020     News from the CIS countries

AI condemns purge on bloggers & activists ahead of presidential elections in Belarus

Amnesty International has demanded the release of all bloggers and activists recently arrested in Belarus, including three prominent bloggers - Ihar Losik, Syarhei Pyatrukhin and Syarhei Sparish – who were arrested on 25 June. | detail

26.06.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Huge sentences upheld for defending human rights and integrity in Russian-occupied Crimea

A Russian court has refused to revoke horrific sentences against Crimean Tatar human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku and five other Ukrainian Muslims despite the lack of any crime and a record-breaking number of falsifications | detail

26.06.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia admits its constitutional changes are aimed at making return of Crimea to Ukraine “impossible”

The co-chair of Putin’s working group on amendments to the Constitution has openly acknowledged that one of the additions is aimed at preventing any legislative initiative that would end Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea. | detail

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26.06.2020     Against torture and ill-treatment

Ukrainians’ tolerance towards unlawful violence is increasing – human rights protectors

The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is celebrated annually on June 26, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1997 “with the aim of full eradication of torture and provision of effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and Punishment that came into force on 26 June 1987“. | detail

25.06.2020     Point of view

False and True Victories

Russia, like the rest of the world, has been struck by the severe coronavirus pandemic. More than 200 thousand people have been infected, and several thousands have already died. Many have been left without work or income. However, it seems that many Russian people and their political leaders are no less worried about a different problem. Due to the epidemic, parades and celebrations dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the “Russian victory in the Great Patriotic War” were postponed. Why is this so important to them? Why, throughout many years, has Russia so persistently celebrated this victory, which is considered by many to be a pyrrhic victory? | detail

05.06.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Six-year sentence for worship in dramatic escalation of religious persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea

In a shocking escalation of repression in occupied Crimea, a Russian-controlled court has revoked the fine imposed upon Ukrainian Jehovah’s Witness Artem Gerasimov and sentenced him to six years’ imprisonment | detail

02.06.2020     Freedom of conscience and religion

“Mama, have they come to kill us?” Russia’s new-old terror and deportation of Crimean Tatars

Uzeir and his brother, Teymur Abdullayev, were among five Crimean Tatars arrested on 12 October 2016 on charges relating solely to their faith, and deported to Russian prisons, where they are held to this day. | detail

29.05.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Three ‘prosecution witnesses’ unexpectedly expose lies in Russia’s trial of Crimean Tatar civic activists

During the course of the last court hearings in May, three ‘prosecution witnesses’ in Russia’s trial of eight Ukrainian political prisoners gave testimony against the prosecution, including one who testified in court that he did not know the defendants at all | detail

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