Strasbourg: extradition to Uzbekistan equivalent to handing over to be tortured

In yet another case - Karimov v. Russia – that the Ukrainian authorities should note, the European Court of Human Rights has found that the applicant’s extradition to Uzbekistan would be a violation of the prohibition against torture. | detail

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Kyiv Regional Police boast of “successes” in breach of the Constitution

Upbeat reports about police search operations demonstrate contempt for Ukraine’s Constitution and human rights. TUkraine’s authorities are obliged to protect the rights of asylum seekers, and not violate the principle of the presumption of innocence | detail

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Uzbekistani asylum-seekers at risk of extradition from Ukraine and Kazakhstan

Amnesty International is concerned that Ukraine and Kazakhstan may be stepping up their efforts to forcibly return asylum-seekers to Uzbekistan | detail

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Ukrainian Refugee Council concerned over detention of asylum seekers from Uzbekistan

The detention of three people sought by the Uzbekistan authorities in the space of three weeks leads them to fear that other Uzbek asylum seekers are also in danger | detail

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Have the Ukrainian authorities decided to hand asylum seekers over en masse to their Uzbek “colleagues”?

Over the last two weeks two asylum seekers from Uzbekistan have been detained by the enforcement bodies. They are being held in custody to begin the procedure for handing them over to those from whom they once managed to flee | detail

Visits 883

Will Ukraine protect the rights of asylum seeker Umid Khamroyev ?

The Ukrainian authorities have detained an asylum seeker who has not exhausted all possible stages of appeal and who would almost certainly face torture if extradited | detail

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Court confirms that asylum seekers may work

The detention and prosecution of asylum seekers for working without special permits, standard both for the police and for Ukrainian courts should be stopped if the ruling from the Sviatoshynsky District Court in Kyiv is heeded | detail

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Readmission not as terrible as the media painted it

The Readmission Agreement between Ukraine and the EU regarding nationals of a third country or stateless persons is already in force. However those working to defend the rights of refugees and asylum seekers say that only an isolated few have been readmitted | detail

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Department on Citizenship and Migration to stay with the MIA

Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has found unconstitutional the liquidation by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs [MIA] Department on Citizenship, Registration and Migration and the transfer of its powers to the State Migration Service of Ukraine | detail

Visits 879

European Court acknowledges that refugee status in Ukraine is no guarantee against extradition

The Court noted that there is "no clarity in the national law or the practice of its application as regards the legal effect of challenges by the prosecutors to decisions granting refugee status" | detail

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Igor Koktysh freed at last

In the Crimea after two and a half years in the Simferopol SIZO [pre-trial detention centre] Belarusian youth activist and rock musician, Igor Koktysh has finally been released, following calls from human rights groups, and finally a judgment from the European Court of Human Rights | detail

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Strasbourg prohibits extradition of Austrian refugee Chataev to Russia

On 14 January the European Court of Human Rights applied Rule 39 and pointed out to the Ukrainian Government that Akhmed Chataev must not be extradited to Russia until further notice. | detail

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Ukraine must not extradite Convention refugee Akhmed Chataev

If the Russian authorities have compelling evidence that Mr Chataev is a terrorist, they should present it to Austria which has granted him asylum. Instead they are trying to find another country prepared to violate its obligations under international conventions. Ukraine must stand firm | detail

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On the Readmission agreement between Ukraine and EU

In a recent interview, Deputy Ministry of Internal Affairs Vasyl Marmazov spoke about the agreement on readmission between Ukraine and the EU which is to come into force from 1 January 2010 | detail

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Strasbourg finds against Ukraine over detention of Igor Koktysh

The Court held that there would be a violation of Article 3 of the Convention were Koktysh to be extradited to Belarus, and that there had been violations of Articles 3, 5 and 13 over the conditions of his detention and transportation | detail

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Rightwing radicals raising their heads in Chernihiv

The Director of the Chernihiv Public Committee for the Protection of Human Rights believes that a role in fuelling antagonism is played by myths, circulated by the press, about migrants held in the temporary holding centre in the village of Rozsudiv in the Chernihiv region | detail

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Ukraine turns down asylum application from 8 Afghan nationals

The Border Guard Service asserts that they were sent back because they were found to have forged visas to the UK | detail

Visits 652

Amnesty International:Ukraine must release Belarusian prisoner of conscience

The Ukraine authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Belarusian musician and activist Igor Koktysh, detained for over two years for the peaceful expression of his beliefs | detail

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Human rights defenders stop deportation of eight Afghan asylum seekers

On Thursday the deportation of eight Afghan asylum seekers to Afghanistan was through the combined efforts of many prevented | detail

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UNHCR urges Ukraine to refrain from returning 8 Afghanistan nationals

The group stated to border guards of Ukraine as well as to the UN Refugee Agency that they are afraid of going back to their native country because of persecution and the general security situation | detail

Visits 679

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