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15.11.2019     Terrorism

Intercepted calls prove Russian government control of militants in Ukraine on eve of MH17

The team investigating the downing by a Russian BUK missile of Malaysian airliner MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014 has published damning evidence of direct high-level Russian links with militants from the so-called ’Donetsk people’s republic’ | detail

14.11.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Ukrainian political prisoner gets year in Russian punishment cell for refusing to collaborate

Crimean activist and political prisoner Yevhen Karakashev has been placed for a year in a punishment cell in part because he refused to collaborate with the Russian prison staff | detail

14.11.2019     Social and economic rights

Ukraine’s parliament moves to abolish moratorium on sale of agricultural land

The move has long been advocated by human rights groups, and made imperative by a recent European Court of Human Rights judgement against Ukraine, however the referendum the President is proposing could well produce a quite different result | detail

14.11.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Freed Ukrainian journalist: Criticize those in power in Crimea, and you’ll end up behind bars

Crimean journalist Alexei Nazimov has been released after spending over three years in prison on fabricated charges | detail

13.11.2019     Politics and human rights

NABU’s unlawful actions could result in Ukraine being accused of pressure on European Court of Human Rights

On 31 October, I published an article on cases known to me of surveillance by National Anti-Corruption Bureau in the European Court of Human Rights. This publication assesses the causes and potential consequences of this surveillance. | detail

13.11.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

The ‘terrorist threat’ Russia brought to Crimea ; six victims receive huge sentences

Six Ukrainian political prisoners from occupied Crimea, including human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku, have been sentenced to unprecedently long terms of imprisonment on ‘terrorism’ charges without any crime | detail

12.11.2019     Human Rights Violations associated with EuroMaidan

8 days left for Ukraine’s leaders to prevent Maidan investigations being sabotaged

Ukraine’s leaders have literally eight days to prevent investigations into crimes against Maidan activists from falling into a black hole from which few, if any, will emerge | detail

12.11.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Refat Alimov: Final words to a Russian court when innocence is understood, but a long sentence demanded

So what do you tell a Russian court whose judges know perfectly well that all six Ukrainian defendants are innocent but are still likely to pass guilty verdicts and long sentences, because that’s what is demanded of them? | detail

11.11.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Victory for Ukraine means Russia must answer to UN court, including over MH17

The UN’s International Court of Justice on 8 November rejected all of Russia’s objections and confirmed that it does have jurisdiction in both suits brought by Ukraine against Russia over violations of two international treaties. | detail

11.11.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Inver Bekirov: If a Muslim observes his faith, the FSB makes him a terrorist

A Russian prosecutor has demanded a record 20.5 year sentence against 55-year-old Crimean Tatar Inver Bekirov because the latter discussed religious issues with friends at the school where he worked as a guard. | detail

08.11.2019     The right to liberty and security

Russian occupiers detain veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, Ayshe Seitmuratova

(82-year-old Ayshe Seitmuratova, veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, Soviet dissident and historian, was detained on Friday evening on the administrative border between Russian-occupied Crimea and mainland Ukraine )Updated) | detail

08.11.2019     Freedom of expression

OSCE Media Rep collaborates with Russia on propaganda event in Moscow

An OSCE conference has taken place in Moscow and been very widely covered by Russian state-controlled media. This is hardly surprising, given the clear propaganda benefit for Russia from the event on 6 November, initiated by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media | detail

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22.10.2019     Freedom of expression

Donbas militants ‘sentence’ journalist Stanislav Aseyev to 15 years for ‘spying’ & ‘extremism’

The bizarre charges from a criminal code which is not recognized by any dem | detail

18.10.2019     The right to life

High-level sabotage of trial over savage killing of Ukrainian activist Katya Handziuk

Ihor Pavlovsky, a key suspect in the commissioned killing of Kateryna (Katya) Handziuk has for the fourth time failed to appear at his own trial.  His claim of illness is unbacked by any medical documentation, and refuted by the number of times he has allegedly been seen at public events in Odesa, yet the prosecutor on 15 October made no effort to verify the grounds for his absence. | detail

16.10.2019     The right to a fair trial

Russia confirms huge reprisal sentences against two Ukrainians from Crimea who refused to ‘confess’

Russia’s Supreme Court ignored the lack of any convincing proof that Volodymyr Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov had been planning ‘sabotage’ charges and the clear evidence of falsification and of torture used to extract initial ‘confessions’ | detail

15.10.2019     The right to liberty and security

Nurse ‘sentenced’ to 11 years in Russian proxy ‘Donetsk republic’ for remaining to care for her elderly mother

The self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [‘DPR’] has sentenced 48-year-old nurse Marina Chuikova to 11 years’ imprisonment on supposed ‘spying’ charges | detail

08.10.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Crimean Tatar political prisoner sentenced to 15 years for the right Russian FSB paperwork

The case of Ruslan Zeytullaev, one of the ‘oldest’ of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners, stands out for the relentless cynicism with which the Russian FSB obtained the huge sentence they needed for their records and, probably, bonuses or promotion | detail

03.10.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Crimean Solidarity civic journalist gets prison sentence for reporting political trials in Russian-occupied Crimea

A Russian court has sentenced Crimean Tatar civic journalist Nariman Memedeminov to two and a half years’ imprisonment, nominally for three innocuous YouTube videos, though in fact for reporting on political repression in occupied Crimea | detail

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