04.06.2020     Freedom of expression

Donbas ‘republic’ journalists trained in propaganda skills in Russia

A journalist who headed a television channel in occupied Horlivka for three years, ‘has defected’ to government-controlled Ukraine and provided important information about the workings of the propaganda media in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ | detail

04.06.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia makes talking about the Bible an ‘extremist activity’ in occupied Crimea

Russia has carried out new armed searches of the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses in occupied Crimea with 29-year-old father of two, Artem Shabliy arrested and facing criminal charges for his faith | detail

03.06.2020     News from the CIS countries

Russia uses punitive psychiatry to imprison shaman publicly seeking to exorcise Putin

Russia is increasingly reinstating Soviet punitive psychiatry, with the victim this time a Siberian shaman, Alexander Gabyshev who wanted to drive out Russian President Vladimir Putin like an evil spirit | detail

03.06.2020     The right to liberty and security

Armed search as terrorization of elderly Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea

Russia’s FSB knew very well that Rustem Asanov is not living in Crimea and their armed search of his mother’s home on 2 June 2020 had no purpose except to terrorize | 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

02.06.2020     Law enforcement agencies

Zelensky’s proposed ‘reform’ of the Security Service fails badly on both reform and human rights

The two latest draft bills on reform of Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU], including one from President Volodymyr Zelensky, “give virtually unlimited and uncontrolled powers to the SBU which are not typical for democratic countries” and that is just one of their failings | detail

01.06.2020     The right to liberty and security

Torture and 15-year ‘sentence’ for insulting tweets about Russian-controlled Donbas militants

Marina Yurchak is a 40-year-old environmental chemist, who has been held hostage in the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] for two and a half years | detail

01.06.2020     Law enforcement agencies

Top Ukraine Police post for ‘investigator’ involved in fatal persecution of prominent human rights defender

Instead of answering for his part in the politically-motivated prosecution of Dima Groysman, a well-known human rights activist, Oleksandr Soldatov continued his police career and has now been appointed to the highest police post in the Vinnytsa oblast. | detail

29.05.2020     News from the CIS countries

In Memory: Sergei Mokhnatkin, the human rights defender Putin’s Russia mercilessly destroyed

66-year-old journalist, human rights defender and former political prisoner, Sergei Mokhnatkin, has died in Moscow, seemingly of complications from the serious spinal injuries inflicted by prison staff during one of his politically-motivated sentences. | detail

28.05.2020     The right to life

Russia protects and gives lucrative employment to torturer and killer of Ukrainian schoolboy

Vadim Pogodin, the former Donbas fighter who ordered and took part in the torture and killing of 16-year-old Stepan Chubenko in July 2014, is once again working for Moscow, although this time it’s in occupied Crimea, and without killings | detail

27.05.2020     The right to a fair trial

Ukrainian poet placed in detention as scapegoat over deaths in tragic Odesa fire

Well-known writers and public figures have publicly expressed concern over the arrest and detention of Odesa poet, Andriy Khayetsky on bizarre charges linked with a tragic fire in a college on 4 December 2019. | detail

27.05.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Jehovah’s Witness in Russian-occupied Crimea gets 6 years for ‘undermining state security’ by praying at home

Filatov was found to have prayed, together with others, in his own home, which the Russian-controlled prosecutor and court chose to view as “undermining constitutional order and state security” | 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

27.05.2020     The right to a fair trial

People from “different planets”. Could a pastor be a killer?

Blessed Augustine in the 4th century AD noted that a state without fair justice is not a state, but a gang of robbers! Although this truth is old, it is still relevant today. | detail

19.05.2020     Penal institutions

Is Ukraine’s penitentiary system ready to fight the coronavirus?

We would like to draw the attention to the problem of the spread of COVID-19 in penitentiary institutions, propose particular actions which could contribute to prevention of uncontrolled spread of the disease and develop the proposals which could be useful during their implementation in the practical activities of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine. | detail

18.05.2020     Penal institutions

The testing in the prisons, amnesty and parole. Will it happen?

We are on the verge of an outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic in penitentiaries. There is an urgent need to test staff and prisoners in institutions where the disease has already been registered, and to consider as soon as possible the amnesty and parole bills submitted to the Verkhovna Rada on April 27. | detail

01.05.2020     The right to life

Russia’s most toxic ‘Odesa Massacre’ lie and the help Ukraine is giving it

Six years have passed since the tragic disturbances and fire in Odesa on 2 May 2014 that Russia immediately tried to turn into an ‘Odesa Massacre’ | detail

29.04.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Sushchenko & Aseyev: You helped get us released, now help imprisoned Crimean civic journalists

Roman Sushchenko and Stanislav Aseyev learned first-hand what Russian and Russian-controlled captivity is about and are calling for help in freeing imprisoned Crimean colleagues | detail


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