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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
16.06.2020

Miners protesting over pay arrears arrested and tortured in Russian-controlled Luhansk ‘republic’

At least 14 people are reported to have been seized by Russian-controlled ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ militants over a strike by miners demanding pay arrears | detail

Visits 1045
05.06.2020

Ukrainians who fled Putin face new pandemic realities

When the coronavirus crisis reached Ukraine in early 2020, the country was already struggling to cope with the fallout from an undeclared war with Russia that was then entering its seventh year | detail

Visits 562
31.03.2020

Ukraine’s Parliament abolishes agricultural land moratorium

The move was a condition for continued cooperation with the International Monetary Fund and widely advocated by, among others, human rights groups, but also very widely opposed | detail

Visits 983
06.02.2020

Ukraine’s MPs leave Donbas pensioners to keep dying for their pensions

Ukraine’s legislators have refused to support a bill which would make it possible for people living in occupied territory to get their pensions without gruelling, and sometimes fatal, journeys to government-controlled areas. | detail

Visits 1482
14.11.2019

Ukraine’s parliament moves to abolish moratorium on sale of agricultural land

The move has long been advocated by human rights groups, and made imperative by a recent European Court of Human Rights judgement against Ukraine, however the referendum the President is proposing could well produce a quite different result | detail

Visits 1911
10.06.2019

“Fatal blow” feared to fighting corruption in Ukraine after shock Constitutional Court ruling

NABU has reacted with outrage to another judgement issued by the CCU on 5 June, and positively accuses the Court of having legalized money embezzled from state enterprises and removed an effective method for countering corrupt setup | detail

Visits 2643
15.05.2019

Ukraine will only help Russia if it strips Donbas residents who take Russian citizenship of their pensions

The threat to stop social payments may be an understandable reaction to Russia’s new act of aggression in offering its citizenship to Ukrainians in its proxy Donbas ‘republics’, but it is one that is likely to backfire | detail

Visits 1361
14.05.2019

Russian proxy republics ‘officially’ seize Ukrainians’ homes in Donbas

The so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [‘DPR’] are stealing apartments in Donbas and claiming this to be legal because the property owners did not respond to their ‘summons’.  In many of the cases, the apartments are owned by Ukrainians who left occupied territory and who would be in danger of imprisonment (or worse) if they returned | detail

Visits 2366
19.04.2019

Bombshell PrivatBank ruling and other disturbing moves on the eve of Ukraine’s presidential elections

Three of the judges involved in the controversial ruling finding the nationalisation of PrivatBank unlawful have previously been accused of corruption and / or suspect rulings. Nor is this the only court ruling that has aroused concern in the context of the presidential elections | detail

Visits 2051
06.03.2019

Extraordinary Ukrainian collaboration with Russia against Crimeans forced to flee their homes

Five years after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, Ukraine’s Pension Fund is trying to save money on Ukrainians forced to flee Crimea by collaborating with the aggressor state | detail

Visits 1243
28.02.2019

Fears of carte blanche for corruption in Ukraine as law against illicit enrichment declared unconstitutional

Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau and NGOs have issued urgent warnings after an extraordinary ruling by the Constitutional Court has left 65 corruption prosecutions in danger of collapse, together with Ukraine’s faltering battle to stem corruption | detail

Visits 1612
22.02.2019

Why are Ukrainian pensioners from Donbas forced to fight or die for their pensions?

At least ten pensioners have died this year alone at the checkpoints between areas under the control of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics’  and government-controlled Ukraine.  While the death certificate may well give ‘natural causes’, the conditions in which the 70-year-old man on 7 February, and nine others died were anything but normal.  | detail

Visits 2441
21.01.2019

Poroshenko urged to give 6 million rural Ukrainians their freedom after 18 long years

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has the power to restore the rights of 6 million Ukrainian citizens but will he use it?  | detail

Visits 1783
11.01.2019

Half the candidates for Ukraine’s new Anti-Corruption Court suspected of corruption or questionable rulings

Anti-corruption NGOs have scrutinized the candidates seeking to become judges of the new High Anti-Corruption Court [HACC]  and warn of serious doubts about a whopping 55 of the 113 candidates. | detail

Visits 1595
04.01.2019

Nostalgia for the Soviet Union is rising in Russia, falling in Ukraine

66% of Russians regret that the Soviet Union collapsed, two percent less than the number of Ukrainians who express no regret | detail

Visits 4491
21.12.2018

Ukraine risks paying billions in compensation for new extension of land moratorium

Ukraine’s lawmakers have extended a controversial ban on sale of agricultural land for another year, despite a European Court of Human Rights judgement which found this moratorium to be in violation of Ukrainians’ property rights | detail

Visits 1596
04.09.2018

Ukraine ‘forgets’ to sanction Putin cronies & Russian firms involved in building illegal Crimea bridge

Ukraine lacks legislative mechanisms to punish individuals and businesses who violate sanctions linked with Russia’s annexation of Crimea.  This, however, is only part of the problem, since there are a suspicious number of individuals or legal entities, sanctioned by the USA over Crimea, who are eluding inclusion in Ukraine’s list of offenders. | detail

Visits 2613
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 1375
19.06.2018

Will Ukraine’s New Anticorruption Court Make a Difference?

On June 7, Ukraine’s parliament finally adopted a long-awaited law that paves the way for the establishment of an anticorruption court. Members of parliament had only one hour to evaluate the draft before voting, and the final text was released on June 13 | detail

Visits 1312
20.04.2018

Why Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Drive Is Failing

After the victory of the Euromaidan, the demand for combating corruption drastically increased, and new institutions were established to fight high-level corruption. However, there is an ongoing conflict between two of the newly established agencies that greatly diminishes their ability to fight corruption | detail

Visits 1220
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