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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
04.12.2013

Unconcealed Provocation

A dangerous stunt acted out by provocateurs and the Berkut riot police on Sunday outside the president’s administration on Bankova St has taken a sinister turn. On Dec. 3, 9 men, five of them still in hospital after being badly beaten by the riot police, were remanded in custody for 2 months | detail

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04.12.2013

Lawyers call on colleagues to help beaten peaceful protesters

The Ukrainian Bar Association [UBA] has initiated a legal aid centre for participants in peaceful protests aimed at ensuring that victims of unlawful action by the police are given swift and professional help. | detail

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03.12.2013

OZON: On where the police were and weren’t on Dec 1

The authorities failed to safeguard freedom of peaceful assembly during the mass demonstration on Dec. 1 and concentrated police in certain areas, leaving a huge number of people with almost no officers responsible for maintaining law and order | detail

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02.12.2013

No Provoking a State of Emergency

If the clashes provoked by masked young men on Sunday were aimed at justifying imposition of a state of emergency, they will encounter major difficulties. As well as clear evidence of deliberate provocation, there are also legislative hurdles. | detail

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02.12.2013

Notorious provocateur Korchynsky behind the Presidential Administration violence

“Korchyns’ky is widely considered an agent provocateur, and his "Bratstvo" already took part in several actions that were meant to provoke police suppression of peaceful protests | detail

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02.12.2013

Bohoslavska points finger at Party of the Regions for provocation

MP Inna Bohoslovska, who left the Party of the Regions faction on Nov 30 in protest over the violent dispersal of EuroMaidan, has said that the provocation on Bankova St, near the President’s Administration could have been organized by the Party of the Regions, like those on May 18 and last week | detail

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02.12.2013

Lenin between Berkut and Provocateurs

The two worst confrontations on Sunday involved young men wearing masks. It is not clear who was behind the attempts to destroy the statue to Lenin on Taras Shevchenko Boulevard, but it seems likely that the purpose was to cause trouble | detail

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01.12.2013

Deliberate attempt to provoke disturbances?

Extremely worrying reports are coming through suggesting attempts to provoke disturbances during the huge and peaceful EuroMaidan demonstration now underway in Kyiv. The civic initiative OZON warns of a suspicious lack of police officers where they are needed, leaving provocateurs a free hand. | detail

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01.12.2013

Around 200 thousand arrive on Khreshchatyk

A huge number of Ukrainians have arrived on Khreshchatyk, bearing the Ukrainian flag. They are hearing towards Maidan Nezalezhnosti in defiance of the court ban issued during the early hours of Sunday morning | detail

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01.12.2013

Court Ban vs President’s Words

Ukraine’s leaders and public officials continue to demonstrate blithe disregard for glaring discrepancies between words and actions. The Kyiv City Administration has just applied for and received a court ban on demonstrations in the centre of Kyiv from Sunday, Dec 1 to Dec. 7 | detail

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01.12.2013

Ivano-Frankivsk EuroMaidan organizer brutally assaulted

In Ivano-Frankivsk EuroMaidan organizer, Maxim Kytsyuk was brutally attacked. He was set upon by three men at around three a.m on Nov 30 and received head and leg injuries. | detail

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30.11.2013

Growing anger and pitiful attempts by Ukraine’s leaders to shift the blame

Both Yanukovych and prime minister Azarov have tried to absolve themselves of any responsibility. There are, however, signs of schism within the Party of the Regions with three MPs – Bohoslovska, Zhvania and Tihipko – having left the party faction in protest. | detail

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30.11.2013

Not Cowered: Lviv EuroMaidan

Up to 10 thousand people came out onto Lviv EuroMaidan on Saturday however nobody can believe the authorities’ assurances anymore that no new violent offensive is planned, and there have been calls for women and children to not stay overnight | detail

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30.11.2013

International Renaissance Foundation breaks off collaboration with Ukrainian authorities

“After the brutal dispersing of EuroMaidan, we consider collaboration with the Cabinet of Ministers, the President and his Administration profoundly immoral and therefore unacceptable”. | detail

Visits 1964
30.11.2013

"Real Prospect of a return to totalitarian days"

The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine and the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities [VAAD] have issued a joint statement in response to the dispersing of a peaceful demonstration on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv on Nov 30 | detail

Visits 1247
30.11.2013

UHHRU calls for President’s Impeachment and Dismissal of Government

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union is appalled by the cynical and senseless violence demonstrated during the unlawful dispersing of the peaceful protest on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv and other acts of violence throughout the country | detail

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30.11.2013

Police action incompatible with democracy

The violent dispersal of EuroMaidan came almost 3 years to the day that similar action was taken against the Tax Code Maidan. There are other sinister parallels, including people remanded in custody on dubious grounds in a clear attempt to warn others of likely consequences of peaceful protest.. | detail

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30.11.2013

Berkut violently breaks up EuroMaidan

Over the last week those in power have proved willing to use hired thugs to provoke trouble in a crowded peaceful rally attended by children. They have now violently dispersed a peaceful protest, indicating that they are incapable of understanding any other language but that of sanctions | detail

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27.11.2013

Applauded and Banned

President Yanukovych’s stated “applause” for those who have come out in support of European integration could profitably be translated into action to prevent the ever-increasing number of court bans on such protest | detail

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27.11.2013

Cherkasy authorities ban EuroMaidan "to safeguard the will of the people"

Cherkasy’s Acting Mayor claims that protests in support of European integration and supposed “serious provocation” could obstruct the course of the election re-run on 15 December. The ban obtained runs to 25 January next year | detail

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