President’s Secretariat sees no problem in extraditing a refugee

A reply has been received from the President’s Secretariat to the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union’s letter regarding the extradition to the Russian Federation on 28 July of Oleg Kuznetsov, who had been granted refugee status in Ukraine in March this year. | detail

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On the agenda

The war in Georgia has highlighted clearly that Ukraine’s stability and development as a law-based democracy is crucial for the stability of Europe itself. Put most crudely, we are all in it together and urgently need to support one another. | detail

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The rule of law is not just on paper!

We must send an unequivocal message to all members of the authorities that those who violate domestic and international legislation and shame the country will bear personal responsibility for their actions | detail

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Ministry of Justice comes out in support of a special migration body

This followed the latest suspension by the President on 30 July of (the latest) Cabinet of Ministers Resolution which entrusted the Ministry of Internal Affairs [MIA] with implementing State policy on migration | detail

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Strange welcome

It is truly difficult to fathom why the Kyiv Head of Police decided to talk about “a possible surge of migrants from the Caucuses due to the events in South Ossetia”. The consequences of such utterances are unfortunately depressively obvious | detail

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Letter in defence of the Law: Refugees must not be extradited!

Please help us convince the authorities that they cannot break the law with impunity | detail

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UHHRU position on the extradition of a refugee by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General

The official statement issued by the Prosecutor General’s Office arouses concern as to the level of legal awareness of a person called upon by the Constitution to oversee observance of human rights and adherence to the law in this sphere | detail

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The Prosecutor General must go!

The courts must not be ignored when their rulings are not to the Prosecutor’s liking, and the law is not a device for manipulation, but a mechanism for protecting us all. | detail

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Ukrainian human rights defenders report a worsening in the human rights situation in Ukraine

It was both a bitter irony and a telling statement that the press conference to present the annual report “Human Rights in Ukraine in 2007” was forced to emphatically call for the dismissal of Ukraine’s Prosecutor General over his violation of Ukraine’s commitments with regard to refugees | detail

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The Prosecutor General has overstepped domestic and international law. What next?

Open Appeal from the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union regarding the Prosecutor General’s extradition of a recognized refugee | detail

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Ukraine’s Prosecutor General flouts court ruling

On 28 July the Prosecutor General, flouted a recent court ruling, as well as Ukraine’s domestic legislation and international commitments, by sending Oleg Kuznetsov back to the Russian Federation | detail

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Russian activist Mikhail Gangan granted asylum in Ukraine

The State Committee for Nationalities and Religion has granted refugee status to Mikhail Gangan a member of the National Bolshevik Party (led by Edward Limonov) which is banned in Russia | detail

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Yushchenko suspends Government Resolution on migration matters

The Cabinet of Ministers placed the function of specially authorized central body on migration matters in the hands of the Ministry of Internal Affairs | detail

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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

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Human rights prevail in Lema Susarov case

The Kyiv District Administrative Court has declared wrongful the decision of the Prosecutor General allowing the extradition of Lema Susarov to the Russian Federation | detail

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Court decision over Lema Susarov adjourned

The court hearing into the appeal lodged by Oleh Levytsky, lawyer representing Lema Susarov, was adjourned on Tuesday until 23 June. The appeal is against the decision by the Prosecutor General to extradite Susarov, an ethnic Chechen, to Russia | detail

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Un-sign international conventions or start observing them

The civic project “Without borders” is calling on the Ukrainian authorities to either withdraw their signatures from a number of international conventions or start fulfilling their commitments, firstly, by not extraditing Lema Susarov to Russia | detail

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Amnesty International: no safe haven for refugees in Ukraine

Lema Susarov, an ethnic Chechen, and a citizen of the Russian Federation, has been detained in Kyiv remand prison awaiting extradition to the Russian Federation since July 2007 | detail

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Readmission agreement with Russia in question

After this agreement comes into effect, Moscow will be faced with the prospect of readmitting illegal migrants who entered Ukraine from its territory in conditions where Russia is unable to ensure physical guard over its own borders | detail

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The Russian press on the influence of the Centre for Legal Aid on geopolitics

In March Oleg Kuznetsov, a Russian businessman was granted asylum in Ukraine. Quite unexpectedly, this rather modest event was interpreted in a Russian newspaper within the context of the confrontation of Russian and Ukrainian military industry complexes and discussion around Ukraine’s joining of NATO | detail

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