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

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

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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

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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 862

Ukraine not ready for commitments under readmission agreement

According to Natalia Dulnyeva from Amnesty International in Ukraine, Ukraine is not prepared for fulfilling its duties under the readmission agreement with the EU which comes into force in 2010 | detail

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Russian journalist with asylum in Ukraine called in for questioning

“The Ukrainian police have, in my view and my lawyer agrees, violated Ukrainian legislation over the fact that Ukraine has already granted me refugee status" | detail

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New regulations could pose a threat to asylum seekers

Since 25 August 2009 the State Border Guard Service has introduced spot checks at border passes to ascertain that foreign nationals and stateless persons from a number of countries have sufficient funds to pay for their stay in Ukraine | detail

Visits 1398

Easing of visa restrictions to the EU means introducing biometric passports

In order to contract an agreement on eased visa restrictions with the European Union, Ukraine will have to fulfil a number of requirements including introducing biometric passports | detail

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UNHCR expresses concern over Congolese nationals at Kyiv airport

The UN Refugee Agency is urging the Ukrainian authorities to refrain from returning 6 nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo until their need for protection is assessed | detail

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“Sources of Tolerance” Children’s Camp

On 9 August over 190 children aged 9-17 from 17 national communities in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova will take part in the opening of the International Inter-ethnic Children’s Camp “Sources of Tolerance” | detail

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Prosecutor General has no idea what confidential information is

In June 2009 Ukraine violated one of the fundamental principles regarding the protection of refugees’ rights, the principle of confidentiality, by passing information contained in refugees’ files to the country of their origin. | detail

Visits 953

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