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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
24.04.2019

Memorandum of the “Art of Tolerance” Platform

We, representatives of independent non-governmental organizations, foundations and private companies in the field of culture, education, information and human rights from different countries of Europe and the world create the international platform "Art of Tolerance" as an independent cultural, educational and human rights defending initiative of civic organizations. | detail

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28.01.2019

Court in Ukraine quashes Lviv Council’s Russian language ‘moratorium’

The Lviv Regional Council had imposed a “moratorium on the public use of Russian-language cultural products throughout the Lviv Oblast until the full cessation of the occupation of Ukraine’s territory”. | detail

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18.10.2018

Ukrainian MP introduces Russian-style law criminalizing ‘propaganda of homosexuality’

MP Oleksandr Vilkul, a former Deputy Prime Minister during the Yanukovych regime, has proposed imposing administrative and criminal liability to so-called ‘propaganda of single-sex relations’.  | detail

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21.05.2018

The only ‘Ukrainian school’ left in occupied Crimea teaches in Russian

A year after the International Court of Justice at the Hague ordered Russia “to ensure availability of education in the Ukrainian language” in occupied Crimea,  the only remaining ‘Ukrainian school’ does not have a single class taught in Ukrainian | detail

Visits 1787
14.05.2018

Another Roma camp attacked and burned down in Ukraine, with police seeing only ‘hooliganism’

A permanent Roma settlement in Rudne, near Lviv, was burned down on 9 May, leaving a number of families homeless.  It was the second attack on a Ukrainian Roma camp in less than a month, although this time nobody has publicly admitted to carrying it out.. While Ukraine’s Human Rights Ombudsperson clearly views this as a hate crime, and witnesses speak of a crowd of around 30 young masked thugs, the police have thus far only initiated an investigation into suspected ‘hooliganism’. | detail

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23.04.2018

Ukrainian neo-Nazi C14 vigilantes drive out Roma families, burn their camp

The far-right C14 organization has carried out an operation, possibly in cooperation with a Kyiv district administration, which resulted in Roma families being forced to flee their camp on Lysa Hora in Kyiv | detail

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19.04.2018

Russia flouts Hague Court order to reinstate the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and education in Ukrainian in occupied Crimea

It is exactly a year since the UN’s International Court of Justice ordered Russia to withdraw its extraordinary ban of the Mejlis, or self-governing body of the Crimean Tatar people, and to ensure education in Ukrainian in occupied Crimea. | detail

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05.04.2018

Ukraine’s Ombudsman takes unprecedented and contentious step in defence of LGBT rights

Ukraine’s Anti-Discrimination Ombudsperson has set an important, though controversial, precedent by demanding that a petition purporting to ‘defend family values’ be removed from the President’s official website as in violation of the rights of sexual minorities and inciting discrimination.  The petition in question “asked for measures to be taken to stop propaganda of homosexuality and made some highly contentious assertions | detail

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20.11.2017

Russia intimidates parents to push Ukrainian out of schools in occupied Crimea

Despite an apparently clear commitment, Russia has done nothing to comply with the demands issued by the UN International Court of Justice back in April 2017.  The Crimean Tatar Mejlis remains banned, and the situation with the Ukrainian language, especially in Crimean schools is, if anything, more catastrophic. | detail

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06.10.2017

European Parliament urges sanctions over persecution of Crimean Tatar leaders, other victims of repression & discrimination in Russian-occupied Crimea

The European Parliament has demanded that Russia stop its persecution of Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians in occupied Crimea and called on the European Court of Human Rights to give priority status to applications from Crimeans seeking redress | detail

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15.09.2017

In Ukraine, Children’s Book Featuring Lesbian Parents Met With Threats, Fears Of Violence

A book highlighting different types of families, including one headed by a lesbian couple, has been pulled from a large book fair in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv over fears of possible violence. | detail

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08.09.2017

Crippling fine imposed on Crimean Tatar woman for comment on Putin quote

 “You have no rights” is what the mother of a young Crimean Tatar woman was told when Russian enforcement officers arrived to search their home.  This, it was claimed, was because the young woman, Zarema* from Bakhchysarai had “behaved badly to the Russian-speaking population”. | detail

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26.07.2017

Crimean Tatar Mejlis ban challenged after UN Court’s damning ruling on Russia

Representatives of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis have lodged a formal application asking for a review of Russia’s ban of this self-governing body of the main indigenous people of Crimea which the UN International Court of Justice has agreed is discriminatory | detail

Visits 3856
19.06.2017

Thousands Rally For Gay Pride In Kyiv, Amid Massive Police Presence

According to police, some 2,500 people gathered for the March of Equality in the center of Kyiv. An estimated 5,500 officers ensured that the event proceeded without disturbance. | detail

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16.05.2017

Crimeans demand reinstatement of school education in Ukrainian

Following the International Court of Justice’s order that Russia remove impediments to the use of Ukrainian in Crimean schools, Ukrainians in Sevastopol have been told that Ukrainian is not a state language and that lessons can only be extra-curricular. | detail

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08.05.2017

Russia refuses to obey UN Court order to stop persecution of Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Russia is both distorting the substance of the recent International Court of Justice judgement on occupied Crimea, and refusing to stop its extraordinary criminalization of the Mejlis, or self-governing body of the Crimean Tatar people. It is also simply ignoring the order regarding education in Ukrainian | detail

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17.02.2017

Multiculturalism Is the Answer to Ukraine’s Identity Crisis

Ukraine has been one of Europe’s most diverse and multicultural lands for centuries. Since the Soviet collapse, this organic multiculturalism has played a disappointingly minor role in Ukraine’s nation-building efforts. However, it is perfectly in tune with the new and inclusive sense of national identity that has flourished in Ukraine thanks to the Euromaidan Revolution and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hybrid war. | detail

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01.09.2016

ADC "Memorial" and the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group welcomes the Concluding observations of the UN CERD addressed to the government of Ukraine

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination published its concluding observations and recommendations following consideration of the 22-23 State periodic report of Ukraine and the alternative materials from non-profit organizations | detail

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30.08.2016

Terrifying Precedent Set by Authorities’ Response to Violent Anti-Roma Pogrom

Disturbances on August 27 in Loshchynivka (Odesa oblast) have resulted in the targeted ethnic group ‘agreeing’ to leave the area, and being too fearful to even return to collect their possessions. There are differences from the pogroms of the past, but there are also some very worrying similarities, including how the authorities and law enforcement bodies reacted. | detail

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11.07.2016

Alternative report on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by Ukraine

Prepared by Anti-Discrimination Centre “Memorial” and Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group for the 90th session of the UN CERD, 2016 | detail

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