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

Plans to place migration matters under the Ministry of Internal Affairs again halted

Amid this political ping-pong, unfortunately other issues and doubts as to whether the MIA has the skill and will to cope with non-law enforcement aspects of immigration get forgotten | detail

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For those who couldn’t return

On calls by supporters of the rightwing party VO “Svoboda” for a return of the“fifth point” regarding nationality and on how a party so capable of harming the country and betraying the memory of all those who had no place to return to can have the gall to call itself nationalist | detail

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Release Igor Koktysh!

Human rights defenders and Igor Koktysh’ Ukrainian wife have called for the Belarusian activist’s immediate release from the SIZO in Simferopol where he has been held for 2 years | detail

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Ukraine – no hospitable place for refugees

An interview given by Maxim Butkevych, coordinator of “Without borders” on the eve of World Refugee Day | detail

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Belarusian activist Igor Koktysh held unlawfully in Ukraine for 2 years

There is a serious threat of his being returned to a country where he could face further torture to beat out a confession to a crime a court has already found him not guilty of. | detail

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UHHRU Appeal over the latest violation of refugee rights

Documents received recently indicate that in July 2008 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

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Is Ukraine planning to extradite its own citizen?

Don’t go with your internal passport and don’t come back for one! Ukrainian national Viktor Kardash has run into a bizarre situation with potentially serious consequences | detail

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Georgian film director held as illegal immigrant threatens hunger strike

A huge number of question marks in this strange story, which has left David Kuridze in some kind of strange never-never land in the Chernihiv regional temporary holding facilities for foreign nationals | detail

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Isolated few receive asylum in Ukraine

Civic organizations dealing with refugee issues claim that the EU is also closing its eyes to the situation with asylum seekers in Ukraine, and simply allocates money for maintaining temporary holding facilities so that they don’t get to the EU | detail

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Should the police be entrusted with migration policy?

While changes in migration policy are long overdue, the author expresses grave doubts over the wisdom of placing this vital area under Ministry of Internal Affairs control | detail

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Ukraine is not integrating immigrants into society

According to the State Committee on Nationality and Religion, money is not allocated, nor are there any special State programmes for effective integration of immigrants who have received Ukrainian citizenship into society | detail

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New Year greetings wrapped in statistics

The latest press report from the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Public Liaison Centre pulls statistics out of context and seems more designed to foster harmful stereotypes than to provide information | detail

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New migration body to be under Ministry of Internal Affairs’ control

Viacheslav Likhachev from the Congress of National Communities believes that placing control over this area under the MIA will inevitably lead to its boiling down to a “fight against illegal migration”. | detail

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Strasbourg prohibits extradition of Uzbek refugee

The European Court of Human Rights has allowed the application made by Abdumalik Bakaev and his lawyer Viacheslav Yakubenko and applied Rule 39 halting any possible extradition to Uzbekistan pending examination of his case | detail

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Uzbek asylum seeker released by Ukrainian court

On 8 December, the Holosiyivsky District Court in Kyiv rejected an application to hold Abdumalik Bakaev, Uzbekistan national, in custody for 40 days pending extradition to Uzbekistan | detail

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ALERT: Ukrainian authorities detain asylum seeker sought by Uzbekistan

Abdumalik Bakaev has sought international protection from the UNHCR and refugee status in Ukraine. He must not be extradited | detail

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New ruling against the Prosecutor General regarding a refugee

On 25 November the Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeal rejected an appeal lodged by the Prosecutor General against the ruling of the District Administrative Court in Kyiv over Viktor Kreidych | detail

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Strasbourg halts any extradition to Kazakhstan of four refugees

The Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan has for three years now been seeking the extradition of the Baisakov brothers and two other Kazakhstan nationals granted refugee status by Ukraine in 2006 | detail

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Strasbourg: Ukraine must not extradite Soldatenko

The European Court of Human Rights has found that Ukraine’s extradition of Nikolai Soldatenko to Turkmenistan would be in violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights | detail

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Ukraine gives political asylum to Russian member of a banned party

20-year-old Russian national Anna Ploskonosova is a member of the National Bolshevik Party (headed by Limonov) which is banned in Russia. Her boyfriend Yury Chervochkin, also an activist, was killed last year | detail

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