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

Amendments proposed to Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Nationals

While the new draft law apparently gives foreign nationals and stateless persons virtually the same opportunities as Ukrainian citizens, it retains provisions which tighten the rules for entering and staying in Ukraine, including the possibility of refusing entry or deporting a person who “discredits” the country | detail

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Denis Solopov, Khimki Forest defender still in danger of extradition to Russia

Denis Solopov is a mandate refugee and must not be extradited. Whatever prompted the Ukrainian authorities to reach a different conclusion, the UNHCR studied the material and is certain that there were grounds to grant him status which precludes extradition | detail

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Amendments to migration legislation: Punish and ban, or resolve the problems?

The No Borders Project warns that the amendments to migration legislation adopted on 5 April 2011 pose the threat of greater abuse and human rights violations, while giving some hope for positive development of one important constitutional concept | detail

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Parliament introduces new rules for foreign nationals and stateless persons

The changes increase the number of grounds allowing deportation as well as fines for exceeding time limits for registration. Specialists consider that the amendments do not meet international standards. | detail

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Afghan citizens beaten in detention at Ukraine airport

Amnesty International has condemned the mistreatment of eight Afghan citizens awaiting deportation from Ukraine, who are being beaten by border guards and denied adequate food, water and medical treatment | detail

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Eleven Afghan citizens are at imminent risk of deportation from Ukraine to Afghanistan, without any opportunity to challenge their deportation, including on asylum or other international protection grounds (PLEASE SEND APPEALS!) | detail

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Refugees cannot be extradited – release Sopolov!

The “No Borders” Project of the Social Action Centre has issued a statement over the arrest of refugee Denis Sopolov pending extradition to the Russian Federation despite having been recognized by the UNHCR as a mandate refugee | detail

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Ukraine: Migrants and Asylum Seekers Tortured, Mistreated

Migrants and asylum seekers, including children, risk abusive treatment and arbitrary detention at the hands of Ukrainian border guards and police, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on 16 December 2010 | detail

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Zhytomyr journalists announce boycott of the Regional MIA Public Relations Department

Following accusations against journalists from the Zhytomyr newspaper “20 minutes” presentt at the arrest of Igor Koktysh and others, the newspaper’s team has declared a boycott of the police public relations department and call on colleagues to join them in this | detail

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HRW: Unlawful Seizure of Organization’s Files Imperils Asylum Seekers

The Ukrainian authorities should immediately return materials and equipment seized from the prominent human rights activist Dmytro Groisman and the organization he leads, and allow the group to resume its lawful human rights activities, Human Rights Watch has stated | detail

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Ukraine: Allegations of ill-treatment of Amnesty International members must be investigated

Amnesty International is concerned that six people including Amnesty International activists and former prisoners of conscience were held for three days in incommunicado detention in Ukraine | detail

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Zhytomyr journalists present during arrest of Ihor Koktysh summoned to the police

The journalists were present during the arrest on 3 November by members of a drugs squad of six people, including Belarusian opposition figures, among them Igor Koktysh | detail

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Belarusian dissident Igor Koktysh once again arrested in Zhytomyr

Belarusian youth activist and rock musician, Igor Koktysh, who spent two and a half years in custody in Crimea because the Belarusian authorities were demanding his extradition, has again been arrested, this time with his wife and three friends | detail

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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

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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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