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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
26.06.2017

Ukrainian activist forced to flee FSB persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea

Natalya Kharchenko, a blogger and the mother of two small children has been forced to leave her home in Crimea under Russian occupation or become the latest Ukrainian to be charged with ‘separatism’ for her pro-Ukrainian position | detail

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23.06.2017

Ukraine’s Security Service plans laws to criminalize ‘propaganda’ & fight pro-Russian fifth column

Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU] has set up a special page on Facebook where citizens can effectively denounce their fellow Ukrainians for lack of patriotism. This is all supposed to be part of civic involvement in drawing up amendments to legislation to ensure liability for those involvement in “hybrid warfare serving the Russian aggressor | detail

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22.06.2017

Russian FSB ‘Expert’ in trial of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov doesn’t know the language

The trial of Ilmi Umerov for saying only what the UN and international community says about Russia’s occupation of Crimea was always going to seem grotesquely Kafkaesque. It has now transpired that Russia did not even (or could not) find an ‘expert’ willing to give testimony against the Crimean Tatar leader who actually knew Crimean Tatar. | detail

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22.06.2017

Donbas militants reported to be using torture to get ‘confession’ from seized journalist

The Kremlin-backed militants who have seized Stanyslav Aseyev (Vasin) are believed to be using torture to extract a ‘confession’ from the 27-year-old freelance journalist, and to be putting severe pressure on his mother. | detail

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15.06.2017

Russia is shooting itself in the foot by its trial of journalist in occupied Crimea

By staging show trials aimed at silencing opposition to annexation, Russia has drawn attention to the fact that its own legislation indicts Russian President Vladimir Putin and all those who helped him invade another country’s territory. | detail

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13.06.2017

Invasion of Crimea & war against Ukraine lead to prison and attack on free speech in Russia

Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014 has not just led to grave human rights abuses on the occupied peninsula. One of the victims of Moscow’s invasion and ongoing aggression against Ukraine, a new study points out, has been freedom of speech in Russia itself | detail

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08.06.2017

’Judge’ in Soviet-style trial of Crimean Tatar leader is wanted by Ukraine for treason

The first hearing on ‘the merits’ of the case against Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov has ended without any trace of merits visible. It was clear that the prosecution had amassed a vast amount of irrelevant documents and witness testimony so as to conceal the lack of any evidence, while attempting to present the semblance of a trial. | detail

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06.06.2017

Russian TV uses Crimean Tatar political prisoner to claim Ukraine is "funding terrorism"

The Crimean Ukrainians imprisoned in occupied Crimea or Russia on fabricated ‘terrorist’ charges are increasingly used as part of Russia’s propaganda war against Ukraine. The latest, from REN-TV, has come up with scurrilous lies about recognized political prisoner Nuri Primov and a visit from the Ukrainian consul. | detail

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05.06.2017

Crimean Tatar activist prosecuted for Facebook birthday greeting to Mustafa Dzhemilev

Rustem Mennanov has become the latest Crimean Tatar to be fined or jailed for innocuous social network posts. Such prosecutions are often pretexts for persecution, but also a form of intimidation and warning that even posts from years before Russia’s invasion of Crimea will be used for repressive purposes. | detail

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02.06.2017

Court revokes acquittal of controversial Ukrainian journalist & first post-Maidan prisoner of conscience

The acquittal in July 2016 of Ukrainian blogger and journalist Ruslan Kotsaba on charges of obstructing Ukraine’s Armed Services has been revoked and the case sent back for a new court hearing | detail

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01.06.2017

Kremlin muffles question to Macron & Putin about jailed Ukrainian journalist

The Kremlin’s record of questions put to the Presidents of France and Russia at their joint May 30 press conference omits any message of imprisoned Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko. Human rights are also given a wide berth although they were also certainly raised at question-time. | detail

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30.05.2017

SBU ‘treason’ probe and search at Yandex Ukraine to justify contentious ban?

If the Security Service’s search of the offices of Yandex Ukraine on May 29 was supposed to convince people that the sanctions imposed upon the company two weeks ago were justified, the aim was not achieved. | detail

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23.05.2017

On Trial in Occupied Crimea for Upholding Russian territorial borders

The trial begins on May 31 of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov who could face a 5-year prison sentence for saying that Russia must leave Crimea and Donbas. This is the second such trial in Russian-occupied Crimea where Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena is facing essentially identical charges. | detail

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17.05.2017

Why block VKontakte when it provides evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine?

President Poroshenko’s Decree blocking VKontakte, Odnoklassniki, and other Russian-based social media, TV channels, etc. provoked a torrent of angry accusations of censorship from some and the question why it had taken so long from others | detail

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15.05.2017

Ukrainian student sentenced for ‘propaganda of communism’ on Facebook

A Ukrainian has received a suspended sentence under a highly controversial ‘decommunization’ law, slammed by the Council of Europe’s legal experts, for photos and other material with communist symbols posted on Facebook | detail

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11.05.2017

Ukraine’s Security Service denies alleged link to killing of journalist Pavel Sheremet

An SBU spokesperson has dismissed one aspect of a journalist investigation into the killing in July 2016 of Kyiv-based Belarusian journalist Pavel Sheremet, while leaving the key questions raised by the disturbing investigation unanswered | detail

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10.05.2017

Ukraine should use Russian social media for the International Criminal Court, not ban them

An important source of proof of Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine could be blocked if a plan reportedly underway is implemented. This is only one of the grounds of concern over plans to block two Russian-based social networks - VKontakte [VK] and Odnoklassniki [OK]. | detail

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04.05.2017

‘Witnesses’ in hiding from Russia’s Soviet trial of Ukrainian journalist in Crimea

It was unfortunately only the latest hearing that got cancelled on World Press Freedom Day, not the insane criminal charges that Russia has brought against Crimean journalist Mykola Semena for exercising freedom of speech | detail

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26.04.2017

Oleg Sentsov sends Moving Response to PEN America Freedom to Write Award

PEN America’s honouring of Ukrainian filmmaker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov at its 2017 PEN Literary Gala would have been a very special event under any circumstances. It was made particularly poignant by the letter from Oleg that was heard for the first time, together with a powerful address from his cousin Natalya Kaplan who accepted the award on his behalf. | detail

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13.04.2017

Crimean Tatar placed on Russia’s List of Extremists & Deprived of Pension for Calling Crimea Ukraine

Suleiman Kadyrov has become the latest Ukrainian to be added to Russia’s ‘List of Terrorists and Extremists’ for openly calling Crimea part of Ukraine. The 54-year-old retired policeman faces a 5-year prison sentence for what Russia is calling ‘public calls to activities aimed at violating Russia’s territorial integrity’ | detail

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