At the Publishers’ Forum in Lviv Radio Svoboda presented a special award to the publishers of “The Ukrainian Helsinki Union in reminiscences and documents” for preserving Ukraine’s national memory and covering its human rights activities.
Former Soviet political prisoners are meeting in the Crimea on the 68th anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars, at a time when events in post-Soviet republics demand awareness of the danger and readiness to unite under the old banner: “For your freedom and ours!” (Mustafa Dzhemiliev)
It is 25 years since the death of General Petro Grigorenko – founding member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group, friend and defender of the Crimean Tatar People, of all those in the Soviet Union facing persecution and himself a victim of punitive psychiatry
Stepan Sapelyak, poet, former dissident and political prisoner and participant in the national liberation movement has died. He was 59.
11.01.12 | Anna Procyk
Paper delivered by Anna Procyk, Professor of History, Kingsborough College, CUNY at a conference "Nonconformism and Dissent in the Soviet Bloc: Guiding Legacy or Passing Memory?" held at Columbia University in 2011
Human rights defender, one of the editors of the samizdat “Chronicle of Current Events” and former political prisoner, Yury Alexandrovich Shkhanovich has died in Moscow at the age of 79
Yelena Bonner, human rights defender, publicist and widow of Andrei Sakharov, has died after a long illness. Andrei Grigorenko who conveyed the news, expresses his condolences to her family which we can only echo. She was a very special and very courageous person and her passing is a great loss.
Reflections on the dissident resistance in Soviet times and the challenges which those committed to the same freedom and democratic values must confront in today’s Ukraine
The death has been announced of Ivan Andriyovych Hel, publicist, human rights defender, active participant in the national liberation and Greek Catholic movements from the 1960s, and twice a political prisoner.
Vasyl Barladyanu (-Byrladnyk), poet and writer, human rights activist who in Soviet times was persecuted for his views and writings, died in Odessa on 3 December 2010. He was 68
Former dissident and political prisoner, human rights campaigner, and publicist, Yevhen Sverstiuk, has become the first laureate of the "Light of Justice" Award for his moral, spiritual, and ethical leadership
06.08.10 | Vasyl Ovsiyenko
Having received neither explanation, nor apology from the Russian Federation Ambassador in Ukraine, Mikhail Zurabov, as to why he was not allowed into Russia, human rights defender Vasyl Ovsienko addressed this statement to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Commentary from Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the ban on entering the Russian Federation imposed on Vasyl Ovsienko
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and KHPG are calling on Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to demand an explanation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation regarding the grounds for banning Vasyl Ovsiyenko’s entry into the country;
On 22 July member of KHPG and former political prisoner, Vasyl Ovsiyenko was refused entry to Russia. When did Russia’s “blacklist” start including human rights defenders, who else is on it, and why are the Ukrainian authorities silent?
Last night Vasyl Ovsiyenko, member of KHPG and former political prisoner was removed by Russian border guards from a train from Moscow to Bryansk. The border guards sent him back to Ukraine having found his name on a list of people refused entry to the Russian Federation
Ivan Dziuba wrote that Yevhen Kontsevych was "in his way a symbol and legend for this generation – the generation of the Shestydesyatnyky. ... an amazing man who always inspired everybody. It wasn’t, as might have seemed, that he needed to be supported – he supported everybody and gave them some of his energy…"
Iryna Senyk, poet, former political prisoner, member of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group (UHG), died on 25 October 2009 She was 83
“I understood for the first time that real patriotism - not just that for show, is always quiet, serious and civic and not narrowly ethnic. With Ivan it was even something sacredly light.” (Zinoviy Antonyuk)
The two pivotal figures of the 1960s “Shistdesyatnyky” would have turned 80 this week. They were close friends and even celebrated their “joint seventieth birthday” (each was 35) in 1964