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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
26.09.2008

Ukraine joins the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol

The Convention is aimed at protecting and promoting the rights of the disabled, eliminating discrimination, ensuring rights for employment, health protection, education and full participation in the life of society | detail

Visits 1835
07.08.2008

So what does “characteristic appearance” mean if not ethnic profiling?

A disappointing ruling from a Kharkiv court of appeal regarding the legitimacy of the actions of the Kharkiv metro police in stopping people to check their documents on disputed grounds | detail

Visits 2386
18.07.2008

In defence of redheads

We should watch out for criminals, not for people of a certain race. The law enforcement agencies undoubtedly have a tough and complicated task, however primitive methods only generate new problems and contribute to a rise in racism and xenophobia | detail

Visits 3079
24.06.2008

Inclusive education: a new chance for children with disabilities in the Lviv region

A new project has been launched in the Lviv region to enable children with disabilities to study in ordinary educational institutions. The project is supported by the Canadian International Development Agency | detail

Visits 2129
04.06.2008

Racism and xenophobia in Ukraine: new challenges in human rights protection

An assessment of worrying trends and measures needed while the situation is still manageable | detail

Visits 5382
22.05.2008

In defence of constitutional rights in Donetsk

While the Mayor of Donetsk’s suspension of an extraordinary decision by the City Council to restrict the planned number of schools teaching in Ukrainian is to be welcomed, tolerance of such an overt violation of constitutional rights for even two days is disturbing | detail

Visits 2131
21.05.2008

Donetsk City Council passes decision to restrict studies in Ukrainian

According to their decision, it is not permitted to increase the number of Ukrainian language schools and classes, or kindergartens or children’s groups | detail

Visits 1958
16.05.2008

For the first time a rural teacher has been convicted of anti-Semitism

Mykola Yaymchuk from the Kirovohrad region has been convicted for incitement to racial enmity over offensive statements about ethnic Jews and people studying the Torah. | detail

Visits 1776
20.04.2008

Men sentenced over racially-motivated murder in Kyiv

A Kyiv court has found two men guilty of inciting racial hatred and enmity and one also guilty of murdering Nigerian national Kunyon Myevi Hodi on 25 October 2006. | detail

Visits 2754
17.04.2008

Police call for help in guarding Muslim cemeteries

There are 427 Muslim cemeteries in the Crimea and the Crimean police have sent a letter to city and district administrations speaking of the need to find money to pay for civil security for the graveyards in cooperation with the local police | detail

Visits 2807
16.04.2008

UNHCR concerned over situation in the Crimea

“Representatives of the UNHCR expressed strong concern over recent events in the Crimea, and how these are presented in a number of Crimean and nationwide media outlets”, the Mejilis states | detail

Visits 2773
14.04.2008

Gangs of skinheads in the Crimea and six other Ukrainian cities

According to the Minister of Internal Affairs, these skinheads are aged between 14 and 27 and are in gangs of from 20 to 50 people. Such groups exist in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhya, Lviv, Sevastopol, Chernihiv and the Crimea | detail

Visits 3129
12.04.2008

Muslim cemeteries in the Crimea to be guarded

The Acting Head of the Crimean Police has issued an order to place all Muslim cemeteries in the Crimea under guard. This was announced on Friday following the latest attack on a cemetery near Simferopol | detail

Visits 2669
12.04.2008

Muslim cemetery desecrated near Simferopol

Another Muslim cemetery in the Crimea, this time in the settlement of Chistenke near Simferopol, was desecrated in the morning of Friday 11 April | detail

Visits 2721
12.04.2008

Call for measures against racism and xenophobia

President Yushchenko has sent letters to the Prosecutor General and the Ministry of Internal Affairs in which he stresses the need for effective steps aimed at countering xenophobia, racial and ethnic intolerance in Ukraine | detail

Visits 1747
20.03.2008

Whose side are you on?

When the victim of a racist attack, still in hospital with a near-fatal knife wound, is presented with criminal charges, then some hard-hitting questions need to be asked. Like where is the authorities’ commitment to the rule of law and justice, not to mention combating racism and xenophobia? | detail

Visits 1673
20.03.2008

Watch your tongue

On hate speech and stereotypes in the Ukrainian media which entrench dangerous attitudes and engender intolerance | detail

Visits 2171
18.03.2008

Cossacks suspected of desecrating a Crimean Muslim Cemetery

Police suspect people linked with the Cossack unit “Sobol” to be behind the major attack on a Muslim Cemetery of the Nizhnyohirske settlement in the Crimea | detail

Visits 2907
13.03.2008

Large skinhead organization blamed for refugee’s murder

Kyiv police have detained a minor suspected of murdering a 40-year-old refugee from Sierra Leone on 8 March. | detail

Visits 2869
04.03.2008

Two detained over murder of Congolese national

Kyiv police have detained two 16-year-olds suspected of killing the young Congolese man in December last year. They are said to belong to a skinhead organization | detail

Visits 2314
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