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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
10.07.2020

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

Visits 588
03.07.2020

Russia begins ‘trial’ of Crimean Tatar leader for crossing a non-existent state border

The ‘trial’ on charges of surreal lawlessness has (almost) begun in occupied Crimea of veteran Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP, Mustafa Dzhemilev | detail

Visits 1245
23.04.2020

Back in the USSR: Russia stops ex-dissident from leaving occupied Crimea after threatening punitive psychiatry

Oleh Sofianyk, a marathon swimmer and former dissident, has been prevented from leaving occupied Crimea, in Russia’s latest eery rerun of the repressive measures that the Soviet regime used against the 56-year-old thirty years ago | detail

Visits 1029
24.02.2020

Russia threatens sister of Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev with prosecution for “extremism”

Dilyara Seitveliyeva, sister of veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, has received a “warning against extremism” from the Russian occupation regime | detail

Visits 1937
23.04.2019

Russia uses farcical criminal charges against Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev to keep him out of Crimea

The 5-year ban on entering his native Crimea that Russia imposed on veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev soon after invading his homeland came to an end on 19 April, but it is using surreal criminal charges. | detail

Visits 2618
21.09.2018

Russia occupies Crimea and deports Ukrainians for refusing Russian citizenship

Russia is treating Ukrainians in Ukrainian Crimea as ‘foreign migrants’.  Those who refused or were unable to take on Russian citizenship after Russia’s annexation of Crimea are systematically penalized by the occupation regime, with an ever-increasing number even deported | detail

Visits 6670
13.07.2018

Vital rulings could end humiliating discrimination against Ukrainians displaced by Russian aggression

Ukrainians forced to flee their homes in Crimea or Donbas have until recently had to endure ‘verification checks’ before they could receive the pensions to which they were entitled.  That will hopefully now end thanks to both a Supreme Court ruling and a successful legal challenge brought by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union | detail

Visits 1369
22.06.2018

Ukrainians deported from occupied Crimea for rejecting Russian citizenship

Four years after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, over two thousand Ukrainians have been prosecuted for not having Russian documents, with 366 people actually deported.  Many of them had lived in Crimea all their lives, and 40 were people who also had family ties with Crimea or where in a civil marriage | detail

Visits 5803
23.05.2018

School kids intimidated in Russian-occupied Crimea as Crimeans refuse to reject Ukrainian citizenship

Teachers in Russian-occupied Crimea are demanding information from parents as to whether their children have Russian citizenship and what residence status they and their parent(s) have. The document came to light in connection with angry reactions from pro-Russian officials to the large number of Crimeans obtaining Ukrainian biometric passports | detail

Visits 2699
08.12.2017

Russian FSB ‘deports’ Ukrainian & his ‘terrorist’ dog from occupied Crimea

Oleksandr Kovalchuk, a Ukrainian citizen, has been forcibly deported from Crimea where he had been living since 2011.  Russia, which is illegally occupying Crimea, accused Kovalchuk of breaching Russia’s migration legislation – and his dog Teddy of ‘sabotage’ | detail

Visits 5819
04.12.2017

Crimean Tatar political prisoner jailed for Crimea Solidarity named Ukraine’s Volunteer of the Year

One of the Crimea Solidarity activists arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea in October this year has been named Ukraine’s Volunteer of the Year.   Marlen (Suleyman) Asanov had long been known for his generosity in helping people in need. When, under Russian occupation, the armed searches and arrests began, he became an active member of Crimea Solidarity, a civic initiative launched to help political prisoners and their families. | detail

Visits 3405
09.11.2017

Wives of Crimean Tatar Political Prisoners detained for many hours as Russia steps up terror tactics

Russia is not content with illegally imprisoning 25 Crimean Muslims on unproven charges of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a peaceful organization that is legal in Ukraine, and leaving 100 children without their fathers.  It has now turned to terrorizing and intimidating the wives and family friends of seven political prisoners, with the women detained, illegally held for many hours by FSB-controlled officers brandishing machine guns and interrogated.  They were finally released late on Wednesday evening, but only after an ambulance needed to be called for one of the women.   | detail

Visits 3485
07.04.2017

European Parliament approves visa liberalization for Ukraine

It’s finally happened! The European Parliament on April 6 voted to lift visa requirements for Ukrainians wishing to travel to anywhere in the Schengen zone. | detail

Visits 1762
16.03.2017

Poroshenko law could strip huge numbers of Ukrainians of their citizenship

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has tabled as urgent a draft law which would automatically strip Ukrainians of their citizenship if they voluntarily took on citizenship of another country | detail

Visits 17884
20.12.2016

Strasbourg to rule on Russia’s 2nd deportation of Crimea Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev

Russia’s Supreme Court has upheld the 5-year ban imposed shortly after Russia invaded Crimea preventing Mustafa Dzhemiliev from entering his homeland | detail

Visits 3101
26.11.2015

Crimean Ukrainian Activist Detained on Border, Threatened with Ban

Veldar Shukurdzhiyev, a member of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, has again faced harassment, this time from Russian border guards and FSB officers as he tried to return to Crimea from mainland Ukraine | detail

Visits 2985
28.09.2015

Stupid obstacles to foreigners entering Crimea dropped, other problems remain

On Sept. 24, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers adopted important amendments on entering and leaving areas under occupation with direct impact for foreign journalists and human rights activists, as well as members of international NGOs. | detail

Visits 2475
05.08.2015

Ukraine must not help Russia hide its rights violations in Crimea

At a time when Russia is flagrantly violating the rights of Ukrainian nationals in Crimea, stifling independent media, arresting those who express their opposition to Russian occupation, it is vital that Ukraine helps human rights groups and foreign journalists to follow the situation, and does not obstruct their access through flawed regulations. | detail

Visits 3751
23.06.2015

Donbas betrayed

By no means all people in Donbas support the Kremlin-backed militants and Russia, and there is understandably bitter reaction to plans for a total blockade, and the new ban on public transport crossing between areas under militant control and the rest of Ukraine. | detail

Visits 4859
17.06.2015

Why is Ukraine restricting Crimeans’ rights?

Human rights groups have condemned the new rules which Ukraine’s government introduced earlier this month for crossing into and out of Crimea. The restrictions will hit ordinary Ukrainians hard, whereas business interests are continuing to prevent Ukraine exerting economic pressure that could improve the plight of Ukrainians living under occupation | detail

Visits 3428
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