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24.05.2019     The right to life

The state-sponsored abductions that Russia brought to Crimea. Where is Ervin Ibragimov?

The de facto authorities’ total failure to investigate even the most brazen abductions can only strengthen suspicion that they know exactly who was behind them | detail

24.05.2019     News from the CIS countries

Russia confirms return to Soviet persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including in occupied Crimea & Donbas

A Russian court has upheld the six-year prison sentence imposed on Dennis Christensen for being a Jehovah’s Witness, with the ruling feared likely to intensify the already mounting persecution of believers in Russia and in occupied Crimea | detail

23.05.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Death no obstacle to Russia’s brutal persecution of Crimean Tatars

Just as the presumption of innocence and need for evidence are concepts that find no place in Russia’s system of repression in occupied Crimea, so too are mercy and fundamental humanity | detail

23.05.2019     The right to liberty and security

If Zelensky is serious about freeing the Kremlin’s hostages, he must show it now

On 21 April, then President-Elect Volodymyr Zelensky called the release of all political prisoners and PoWs his priority.  He now has every opportunity to make that a reality and the relatives of the prisoners and human rights groups have given him a road map on where to begin | detail

22.05.2019     Politics and human rights

Zelensky appoints Kolomoisky lawyer with shady past to head his Administration

Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed Andriy Bohdan Head of his Administration despite reported warnings over such an appointment because of Bohdan’s immediate past as lawyer to oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky and, more importantly, because Bohdan is prohibited from holding public office because of his role during the regime of former President | detail

22.05.2019     Politics and human rights

Yanukovych ally suspected of helping Russia annex Crimea seeks ‘treason’ charges against Poroshenko

The claim that Poroshenko essentially ‘provoked’ Russia’s attack on three naval boats in November 2018 is already startling. It becomes quite surreal coming, as it does, from Andriy Portnov, a person suspected of having tried to help Russia’s operation to seize Crimea | detail

21.05.2019     News from the CIS countries

Savage torture and 5 years of a 22 year sentence in Russia for being Ukrainian

Mykola Karpyuk turned 55 on 21 May, 2019, with this his sixth birthday in Russian captivity. Karpyuk was the first of the political prisoners seized after Russia’s invasion of Crimea essentially only because they were Ukrainian | detail

21.05.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia uses threats & intimidation to drive Crimean Tatar language out of schools in occupied Crimea

Both enforcement bodies and school heads are being used in Russian-occupied Crimea to ‘dissuade’ children and their parents from asserting their full right to insist on education in the Crimean Tatar language | detail

20.05.2019     The right to a fair trial

Baffling denial by Italy of war in Donbas as excuse for trial of Ukrainian soldier Markiv

The trial is coming to an end in Italy of Vitaliy Markiv, a young man with dual Ukrainian and Italian citizenship,, who is accused of ‘involvement’ in the death by shelling of 30-year-old Italian photojournalist, Andrea Rocchell | detail

20.05.2019     The right to a fair trial

Court in Ukraine wipes criminal record from high-profile ex-MP convicted of murder

Former MP Viktor Lozinsky’s criminal record for a high-profile killing in 2009 has been cancelled in the latest of a whole series of eyebrow-raising court rulings over his case | detail

17.05.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Bitter 75th Anniversary of the Crimean Tatar Deportation as Russian persecution mounts in occupied Crimea

This is no formal remembrance of a tragedy somewhere back in the distant past. 75 years after Stalin’s monstrous act of genocide, many Crimean Tatars are once again in forced exile, others imprisoned in occupied Crimea or Russia for their civic activism or simply for their faith | detail

17.05.2019     The right to liberty and security

Tortured Crimean Tatar jailed for over 10 years without a crime

The de facto High Court in Russian-occupied Crimea has upheld a 10.5 year sentence against a young Crimean Tatar,  Fevzi Sahandzhy despite the latter’s allegations of torture and the lack of any criminal behaviour in the charges | detail

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