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24.04.2018

No more than 3% of police torture cases in Ukraine reach the courts

Two and a half thousand Ukrainians who sought help from medical institutions in 2017 reported that their injuries had been caused by police officers.  While the number of such cases is on the rise, the number of criminal proceedings initiated by the prosecutor’s office has decreased | detail

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13.03.2018

Ukrainian ‘C14’ Neo-Nazis openly offer to act as thugs for money

Ukraine’s far-right ‘C14’ organization is trying to entice ‘donors’ by offering to make trouble for the latter’s ‘enemies’.  The advertisement on their Facebook page may not break the law, but is certainly alarming from an organization which at least one Kyiv local authority is using to help ‘keep the peace’. | detail

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07.03.2018

Ukraine carries out Russian-style raid of Islamic Cultural Centre

Said Ismagilov, Mufti of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine, has accused Ukraine’s enforcement bodies of multiple infringements during an early-morning search of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Kyiv.  Ukraine is using methods, he says, which are disturbingly similar to those applied in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 1069
07.03.2018

Ukrainian police violently dispersed protesters without any court order

It is becoming increasingly clear that there was no legal justification for the dispersal of a tent camp of protesters from outside the Verkhovna Rada on 3 March and the detaining of over 100 activists.  The Head of the Human Rights Ombudsperson’s Secretariat also reports that the nature of the bodily injuries sustained during the dispersal suggests that the police used excessive force.  | detail

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05.03.2018

Ukraine Police accused of attacks on journalists leaving one hospitalized

One journalist was hospitalized with chemical burns after the dispersal on March 3 by Ukraine’s ‘new police’ of the protest camps outside parliament.  Two other members of the press also complain of ill-treatment from officers in helmets, who they say were not wearing any insignia to enable individual identification.  . | detail

Visits 1156
20.02.2018

Bitter questions as Ukraine’s leaders wax rhetorical about Maidan

On this fourth anniversary of the bloodiest days of Euromaidan, only one person is serving a real sentence for crimes against Maidan activists, and virtually all of the investigations are facing sabotage.  Euromaidan SOS founder, Oleksandra Matviychuk is not alone in finding the breast-beating pathos and empty promises from Ukraine’s leaders obscene.  | detail

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05.02.2018

Neo-Nazi Azov fighter granted Ukrainian citizenship linked with police and far-right vigilantes

Ukraine’s Interior Minister and other top officials were swift to distance themselves from the far-right vigilantes who held a frightening oath-giving ceremony on Jan 28. Both this and the public outcry were cheering. The same cannot be said for information linking yet another person holding a police post with the far-right groups behind these so-called ‘natsionalni druzhyny’. | detail

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30.01.2018

Far-right vigilantes imposing ‘Ukrainian order’ are strange partners for Ukraine’s National Police

So-called ‘National Militia Units’ are promising to ’establish Ukrainian order” on the streets of Kyiv, seemingly in cooperation with Ukraine’s National Police.  Assurances from the Interior Ministry cannot allay concerns about police collaboration with an organization which has on many occasions demonstrated intolerance towards ethnic minorities, as well as to people whose sexual orientation, political or other beliefs they view with antagonism.  | detail

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29.01.2018

Anti-corruption groups question motives for prosecution of YouControl open access firm

A number of Ukrainian anti-corruption NGOs, including Transparency International in Ukraine, have expressed concern over the criminal proceedings against YouControl and its founder Serhiy Milman which they view as pressure on an open access firm providing invaluable assistance to anti-corruption campaigners and journalists.  | detail

Visits 674
09.01.2018

Estimated 96 thousand Ukrainians were victims of police torture in 2017

Any improvement immediately after Euromaidan in the perceived prevalence of police torture and ill-treatment in Ukraine has ended.  A survey just published found that the number of victims of unlawful police violence had risen by well over 200 thousand since 2015, with the number of alleged victims of torture rising from almost 63 thousand in 2015 to almost 96 thousand in 2017 | detail

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06.12.2017

Ukraine’s strange collaboration with Russia over deportations

Ukraine has been in a state of undeclared war with Russia since the latter’s invasion of Crimea in early 2014 and its aggression in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian Security Service [SBU] are not loath at times to make use of this, claiming a ‘Russian link’ where there is almost certainly none.  More often, however, they demonstrate a baffling willingness to collaborate with their counterparts in the Russian Federal Security Service [FSB] | detail

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13.10.2017

Ukraine’s SBU detain Crimean activists “in Russian FSB style”

Civic activists have reacted with strong scepticism to the claims made by the Lviv SBU [Security Service] in explaining the searches and detention on October 12 of up to 12 activists, including two well-known Crimeans, forced to flee their home after Russia’s invasion | detail

Visits 4705
09.10.2017

Prosecution of key Maidan suspects sabotaged by Interior Ministry & Police management

The Special Investigations Department has named four men, including a general holding a high post in Ukraine’s National Guard whom it suspects of having coordinated the Berkut storming of Maidan on 18-19 February, 2014 | detail

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06.10.2017

Ukrainian prosecutor refuses to investigate police inaction during shocking anti-Roma pogrom

An Odesa court has reinstated the criminal proceedings initiated over police failure to react during anti-Roma riots last year in Loshchynivka, but only after human rights lawyers challenged the prosecutor’s decision to terminate the investigation.   | detail

Visits 2182
27.09.2017

Dangerous National Guard bill condemned as ‘a step towards a police state’ in Ukraine

A draft bill which would give members of Ukraine’s National Guard the right to shoot without warning under certain circumstances has been strongly criticised by the Human Rights Ombudsman, some human rights groups, including ‘Police under Control’  and politicians.  They warn that the bill would give the National Guard wide police powers which are inappropriate for an armed formation and could lead to them being used, as the Berkut riot police were used under President Viktor Yanukovych, to crush peaceful protest.  | detail

Visits 2522
23.08.2017

62-year-old Crimean Tatar activist jailed for trying to speak at a public hearing

62-year-old Fazil Ibraimov, who suffers from diabetes, has been jailed for five days in Russian-occupied Crimea, after attempting to speak out against building plans which are likely to deprive him and many other Crimean Tatars of their homes.  | detail

Visits 2013
22.08.2017

Ukraine accused of mounting reprisals against anti-corruption activists

Transparency International in Ukraine has issued an alarming statement asserting that public reprisals against anti-corruption activists are gaining pace, with the recent criminal proceedings about prominent activist Vitaly Shabunin the most indicative, but not the only such case. | detail

Visits 2077
17.08.2017

Return to Selective Justice Feared in Ukraine over Prosecution of Anti-Corruption Activist

A prominent anti-corruption campaigner is facing criminal charges that seem ominously reminiscent of the selective prosecutions seen under the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych.  While Vitaly Shabunin did indeed punch Vsevolod Filimonenko, the circumstances and effect are by no means straightforward. Questions must also be asked as to why criminal charges have been laid in this case, when they so very often are not despite much clearer grounds, including the involvement of politicians or members of the authorities | detail

Visits 2148
03.08.2017

Mystery tax probe condemned as more pressure on Ukrainian anti-corruption NGOs

Transparency International Ukraine has added its voice to calls of concern over the latest move against the Anti-Corruption Centre [AntAC] which has been the target of a smear campaign over recent months | detail

Visits 1576
04.07.2017

Ukraine’s prosecutor investigates journalist, not the corrupt judges he exposed

Two years after a journalist investigation found evidence that certain Kyiv judges had ‘issued court rulings’ from their holiday spots abroad, the alleged probe into the judges’ behaviour has been quietly shelved, unlike the criminal investigation involving the Slidstvo.info journalist, Dmytro Hnap | detail

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