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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
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22.01.2020

Notorious Kyiv judge fully reinstated despite high-profile judicial corruption scandal

Judges from Kyiv’s District Administrative Court have re-elected Pavlo Vovk president, despite compelling evidence of serious judicial corruption and rigged court rulings | detail

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22.01.2020

Russian defender of Ukraine and the Kremlin’s Ukrainian hostages jailed on charges of ’justifying terrorism’

Darya Polyudova, a 30-year-old Russian left-wing activist who has tirelessly spoken out against Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and political persecution of Ukrainians, has been arrested and is facing a long sentence | detail

Visits 873
21.01.2020

Outrage in Ukraine as Yanukovych lawyer appointed first deputy head of body investigating Maidan crimes

The appointment of Oleksandr Babikov to the second highest post in the State Bureau of Investigations is deeply disturbing given the clear conflict of interest that his recent defence of former President Yanukovych presents | detail

Visits 1528
21.01.2020

Russia seizes Ukrainian on ‘treason’ charges for pro-Ukraine position in occupied Crimea

41-year-old Ivan Yatskin was taken prisoner by the Russian FSB in October 2019, and taken to the notorious Lefortovo Prison in Moscow | detail

Visits 605
20.01.2020

Ukraine axes English & Crimean Tatar TV to launch risky Russian channel for occupied Donbas and Crimea

While few would dispute the need for Ukraine’s voice to counter the mass Russian and pro-Russian propaganda in occupied territory, there are doubts about how this is being done, and also whether it was really necessary to axe the valuable service provided by UATV | detail

Visits 945
20.01.2020

Ukrainian journalist banned from Russian-occupied Crimea for reporting on repression

Taras Ibragimov has been prohibited from entering occupied Crimea and Russia for an incredible 34 years, which is how the Russian FSB treat Ukrainian journalists who write about Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian victims of persecution under Russian occupation | detail

Visits 864
17.01.2020

Russian proxy Donbas ‘republic’ jails 23-year-old Ukrainian student for social media ‘likes’ and pro Ukraine views

One of the many hostages held by the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ who was not freed on 29 December 2019 was 23-year-old Serhiy Rusinov | detail

Visits 3275
17.01.2020

Crimean Tatar activist confirms he gave absurd ‘confessions’ under torture

55-year-old Yunus Masharipov has told a Russian-controlled court in Yalta that he was tortured into ‘confessing’ on video to crimes he never committed | detail

Visits 728
16.01.2020

Putin has declared war, but not just against Ukraine, with his proposed constitutional changes

Putin’s inclusion of notorious Russian writer / Donbas fighter Zakhar Prylepin in a working group on constitutional changes is a grave affront to all Ukrainians, however the changes Putin is planning, especially with respect to its occupation of Crimea, are likely to have even more serious ramifications for Ukraine | detail

Visits 4589
16.01.2020

Ukrainian prisoners savagely beaten after complaining of torture

Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group lawyers and monitors have been blocked from entering Oleksiivska Correctional Colony No. 25 in Kharkiv since a believed punitive operation on 8 January against prisoners who had complained of torture | detail

Visits 1364
15.01.2020

Accountability for international crimes committed in Ukraine between 2014–2018

Civil organisations “Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group” and Shore of Peace (Lutsk) presents this review containing a variety of information about the alleged crimes committed during the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine between 2014–2019. KHPG and SP find that the crimes enumerated in this communication constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC. | detail

Visits 356
15.01.2020

Russian-controlled Donbas militants finally free severely disabled pensioner but not her invalid son

71-year-old Zinaida Maltseva spent 19 months imprisoned in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ despite the lack of any grounds and her severe disability, which makes it impossible for her to walk without a wheelchair or crutches | detail

Visits 653
15.01.2020

Israeli and Ukrainian media report fake anti-Semitic ‘pogrom’ in Ukraine

On 11 January 2020, the Israeli publication Yeshiva World News posted a supposed news report about a shocking anti-Semitic attack in Uman. There was no pogrom, yet within hours ‘the story’ had been repeated as though it were established fact by other Israeli, Ukrainian and Russian media | detail

Visits 1899
14.01.2020

Crimean Solidarity activist detained twice and prevented from leaving occupied Crimea

Crimean Solidarity activist Gulsum Alieva was detained twice on 13 January and held imprisoned for over 8 hours on a grotesque pretext, based on the political persecution she has herself faced | detail

Visits 729
14.01.2020

Suspected killer of Maidan activist and journalist released from custody

Vadim Melnyk, who is accused of organizing the savage killing of Cherkasy journalist and Maidan activist Vasyl Serhiyenko has been released under house arrest, despite well-founded opposition from the prosecutor | detail

Visits 556
13.01.2020

Ukraine will be in direct violation of international law if it extradites Kazakh opposition journalist Zhanara Akhmet

Almost three years after journalist and opposition activist Zhanara Akhmet (or Akhmetova) fled to Ukraine, with her small son, she is in danger of extradition, despite clear grounds for believing she will face political persecution if forcibly returned to Kazakhstan | detail

Visits 908
13.01.2020

Blogger spent 2 years in captivity for calling Russian-controlled Donbas occupied territory & writing the truth about MH17

Oleh Halaziuk, one of the two Ukrainian bloggers released in the prisoner exchange on 29 December 2019, has given details of his imprisonment in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ | detail

Visits 2559
11.01.2020

Seventh Periodic Report of Ukraine on Implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

The Shadow Report of the KHPG represents the answers to almost all 42 issues of the UN Committee against Torture. | detail

Visits 415
10.01.2020

Life sentence for defending political prisoners? Russia begins new trial of three Crimean Tatars

40-year-old Rustem Emiruseinov responded to the mounting repression in occupied Crimea by standing in peaceful protest with a banner reading “Muslims are not terrorists”.  The Russian FSB came for him on 14 February 2019, and he is now facing a potential life sentence on the same fabricated and deeply flawed ‘terrorism’ charges as the men he was defending. | detail

Visits 830
10.01.2020

Russian-controlled Donbas militants seize pensioner and his family

68-year-old Vitaly Atamanchuk remains imprisoned in the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ almost 18 months after he, his 70-year-old wife and their son were seized by the militants | detail

Visits 730
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