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15.07.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Crimean Tatar rights activist takes Russian prosecutor to court over ‘warnings against extremism’

Lutfiye Zudiyeva, one of the coordinators of the Crimean Solidarity civic initiative and a civic journalist, has lodged important legal challenges against ‘warning’ she was issued by the Russian-controlled prosecutor and police against supposed ‘extremist activities’ | detail

15.07.2020     News from the CIS countries

Prison sentences demanded for young Putin critics tricked into FSB-created ‘extremist’ group

Even by modern Russian standards, the ‘Novoye Velichiye’ case stands out since the 10 victims, including a 17-year-old girl, were accused of organizing an ‘extremist organization’ which was, in fact, entirely created by an FSB infiltrator. | detail

15.07.2020     News from the CIS countries

Top Lukashenka Challenger Babaryka Barred From Belarus’s Presidential Election

A top challenger to Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has been barred from running in the country’s election next month amid growing public discontent over the Belarusian authoritarian leader’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic | detail

14.07.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

New Russian law proposes 10-year sentence for seeking return of Crimea to Ukraine

A week after a fake referendum was used to push through changes to Russia’s Constitution, a draft bill has been introduced aimed at criminalizing any suggestion that Russia should return annexed Crimea to Ukraine | detail

13.07.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia’s puppet Crimean leader hides from Crimean Tatar veteran activists outraged by his lies

Russia’s puppet Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov thanked the FSB for their persecution of seven Crimean Muslims, including a man who is blind and unable to move freely. Aksyonov hid behind closed doors, however, when a group of elderly veterans of the Crimean Tatar national movement arrived, demanding an apology | detail

13.07.2020     We remember

Taras Matviyiv, Maidan activist killed in Donbas saving comrades declared Hero of Ukraine

31-year-old Taras Matviyiv died as he had lived, defending his country – on Maidan and at the front, and his death is a tragic loss to Ukraine | detail

10.07.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

“Crimea is our land. We did not give it to Russia, nor did we sell it” Powerful final court address by Crimean Tatar human rights defender

The judges on 25 June who confirmed horrific sentences against Emir-Usein Kuku, Crimean Tatar human rights activist and Amnesty International prisoner of conscience and five other Ukrainian political prisoners were almost certainly following directives ‘from above’. So too, however, were the Soviet NKVD who took part in executing so-called ‘enemies of the people’ | detail

10.07.2020     Freedom of movement

Russia is committing a war crime by deporting Ukrainians from occupied Crimea

Ukrainians living in their own native Crimea face all kinds of restrictions and discrimination if they have not taken Russian citizenship, and can, and often do, find themselves deported from their homeland | detail

09.07.2020     Victims of political repression

Why expel Russians ‘planning crimes for the Kremlin’ when Russia holds so many Ukrainian political prisoners?

There is bemused indignation among relatives of the Kremlin’s many Ukrainian political prisoners at police reports that two Russians working for the FSB and believed to have been planning to commit grave crimes in Ukraine have merely been deported from the country | detail

09.07.2020     The right to liberty and security

Russia uses torture by Donbas militants to fabricate a new Ukrainian ‘spying trial’

Eight months after human rights NGOs declared Oleksandr Marchenko a political prisoner, Russia is dragging out his secret ‘trial’, while also refusing to allow the Ukrainian General Consul in Rostov to visit him | detail

08.07.2020     News from the CIS countries

Russian prosecutor demands 15-year sentence against historian of the Terror Yuri Dmitriev

Russia’s cynical rerun of its trial of world-renowned historian of the Soviet Terror, Yuri Dmitriev, is coming to an end with the prosecutor on 7 July demanding a 15-year sentence in a maximum security prison | detail

08.07.2020     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Blind man among those arrested for Russia’s conveyor belt of terror in occupied Crimea

Seven men were arrested in occupied Crimea on 7 July 2020 in Russia’s new fabricated ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir’ case, with the FSB having reached new depths and arrested a man who is totally blind | detail

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06.07.2020     The right to a fair trial

Ukraine taken to European Court over Sheremet murder trial by press conference

Andriy Antonenko asserts that his right to a fair trial has been gravely violated, among other things by the public pronouncements made at a press briefing attended by the President, Prosecutor General, Interior Minister and Head of Police | detail

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

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

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

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