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

Russia could kill Crimean Tatar political prisoner imprisoned for civic activism

Even according to Russian legislation, 58-year-old Dzhemil Gafarov is much too ill to be held in detention, yet he remains imprisoned, with his lawyer constantly ignored or given evidently false information about Gafarov’s condition | detail

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Kremlin hostages’ lives in danger while Russia exploits Covid-19 to further restrict their rights

At least 10 cells in the appallingly overcrowded SIZO [remand prison] in occupied Simferopol are ‘under quarantine’ with this almost certainly meaning that prisoners have been infected with Covid-19 | detail

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Russian occupiers fake statistics about deaths from Covid-19 in Crimea

The Crimean Human Rights Group [CHRG] has learned from different sources that the Russian occupation authorities are forcing medical staff and morgues to lie about the real number of deaths from Covid-19 in occupied Crimea . | detail

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On the readiness of the penitentiary system of Ukraine to counteract the spread of COVID-19

Currently more than 52 000 persons are detained in penitentiary institutions and pre-trial detention centers in Ukraine, according to the information from the Ministry of Justice. Add to this number 28 000 of employees and we will receive the real picture that indicates another risk group that must be kept in sight when we talk about counteracting COVID-19. | detail

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Dangerous changes proposed in Ukraine on compulsory psychiatric treatment

A draft bill now before the Verkhovna Rada on compulsory psychiatric treatment has alarmed specialists in the field who believe that some of the norms infringe the rights of people with mental illness | detail

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No money for medics in occupied Crimea & Russia, while 15 billion spent to rubberstamp Putin’s life presidency

Even a new norm in the criminal code and draconian punishments are not enough to conceal the dire situation, especially for those on the frontline in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, | detail

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Death Sentence for their faith and civic activism in Russian-occupied Crimea?

Russia is jeopardizing the lives of over 50 Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians now held in detention on charges that pertain solely to their faith and civic activism | detail

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About coronavirus in correctional colonies in Ukraine

The outbreak of disease among convicts will be very ripping. It will not be a small fire that can be controlled, and not even a blaze in the house. It will be a great tragedy – a huge fire of the highest degree of danger that will capture everyone. | detail

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Crimean Tatar political prisoners refused coronavirus test despite alarming symptoms

Two of the eight Crimean Tatar civic activists on trial in Russia have a temperature, a dry cough and / or other symptoms associated with coronavirus, yet no tests have been carried out, despite the evident danger to all of the men | detail

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Coronavirus death trap for Ukrainian political prisoners in occupied Crimea and Russia

Men who have committed no crime are deprived of adequate medical treatment and held in cells which are filthy, stuffy and so overcrowded that men have to take turns sleeping on the same bunks | detail

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Help stop Russia’s death sentence without court or crime against Crimean Tatar activist

58-year-old Dzhemil Gafarov is one of the oldest of the 24 Crimean Tatar civic activists and journalists arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea on 27 March 2019 and the most gravely ill. Please help put pressure on Moscow by signing the enclosed petition | detail

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Ukrainian Health Ministry officials accuse new management of political pressure

Civil servants within Ukraine’s Health Ministry have addressed an open appeal to the Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk in which they say that the new management is jeopardizing the future of healthcare reforms in the country. | detail

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How many deaths do you already have on your conscience?

On a ’hospital’ for prisoners, where those with serious illnesses receive no treatment, and where there may well be ’paying patients’ without any identifiable illnesses | detail

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Ukrainian rights activist held prisoner in Russian proxy Donbas ‘republic’ receives international award

Ukrainian rights activist Andrey Yarovoi (Andriy Yarovyi] has become the laureate of the 2019 Carol and Travis Jenkins Award for his outstanding contribution to reducing drug-related harm, although he is imprisoned in the so-called ’Luhansk people’s republic’ and could not receive it himself. | detail

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Crucial hearing in Russia cancelled to block gravely ill Ukrainian student Hryb’s doctor testifying

The latest ‘court hearing’ in Russia’s trial of Pavlo Hryb lasted all of two minutes on 18 February.  Neither the prosecutor nor the interpreter had turned up in what was clearly a planned move to prevent Hryb’s doctor publicly spelling out how Russia is placing the young man’s life in jeopardy | detail

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Vital healthcare reforms at risk after court’s suspension of Acting Health Minister Suprun

The suspension of Acting Health Minister Ulyana Suprun has been viewed by many as an attack on an important reformer and “overt attempt to disrupt medical reform in Ukraine” | detail

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Russian prison staff ‘lose’ medicine for abducted Ukrainian political prisoner with life-threatening medical condition

Only a month after the Russian prison authorities finally allowed Pavlo Hryb to receive the medication that he needs for a potentially life-threatening medical condition, the medicines have disappeared while the 20-year-old was being moved between remand prison | detail

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Crimean Tatar political prisoner on hunger strike after getting no medical treatment for life-threatening condition

Asan Chapukh is in such poor health that a hunger strike could immediately place his life in danger, yet the 65-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement has been left no alternative | detail

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Strasbourg demands Russia account for health of Ukrainian political prisoners

The European Court of Human Rights has responded swiftly to Ukraine’s request for urgent measures under Rule 39 regarding the state of health of four Ukrainian political prisoners: Volodymyr Balukh; Stanislav Klykh; human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku and Serhiy Lytvynov.  The move is very welcome, however the number of political prisoners, especially in occupied Crimea, whose very life Russia is jeopardizing is much higher. | detail

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Russia is endangering the life of a Ukrainian seized in insane case of mistaken identity

Kabir Mohammad, a Ukrainian citizen originally from Afghanistan, was held prisoner in Russian-occupied Crimea for a year because a person with a different name but same country of origin was on Interpol’s wanted list. He remains a hostage to this insane situation with his life now placed in grave danger. | detail

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