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21.11.2018

Free Russia Forum warns of danger to Ukrainians from annexed Crimea if Russian police general elected head of INTERPOL

“INTERPOL must not be headed by the representative of a country that flouts the rights of its own citizens and its international obligations; that annexes other countries’ territory and is taking part in several aggressive wars”. | detail

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29.10.2018

Russia launches new attack on Crimean Solidarity & lawyers defending political prisoners

Russian enforcement officers have carried out a second raid on a meeting of the human rights initiative Crimean Solidarity, with the actions of the masked men this time evidently aimed at instilling fear among all those present.  Two Crimean Tatar lawyers were issued ‘warnings’, as was one of the coordinators of Crimean Solidarity | detail

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24.09.2018

Shooting of Odesa civic activist prompts warnings of danger to Ukraine’s national security

This is reportedly the fourteenth attack since the summer of 2017 on Odesa activists and journalists known both for their pro-Ukrainian position, and for their opposition to corruption by local officials | detail

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03.09.2018

Inept lies after Ukraine illegally hands journalist & Erdogan critic over to Turkey

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office has shifted from total denial of any part in handing journalist Yusuf Inan over to Turkey on July 12, to claims that this was an extradition in full accordance with Ukrainian law.  There are strong grounds for believing that the latter is also not true, and that Inan was given no chance to appeal against his enforced return to a country where he faces imprisonment on questionable charges | detail

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10.08.2018

Police suspected of involvement in horrific acid attack on Ukrainian civic activist Kateryna Handziuk

Handziuk, a well-known civic activist and assistant to the Mayor of Kherson, remains in the Kyiv hospital to which she was airlifted a day after sulphuric acid was hurled at her on July 31, leaving her with second and third degree burns over 30% of her upper body | detail

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01.08.2018

Savage attack on Kherson civic activist known for scathing criticism of police corruption

Civic activist Kateryna Handziuk is in hospital after being sprayed with acid on 31 July by a young man who was lying in wait for her near her home.  Doctors report that she has burns to 30% of her face, head and upper part of the body.  This is the latest of several attacks on civic activists over recent months.  In most, if not all, cases, the culprits have not been found. | detail

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24.07.2018

‘Preliminary’ terrorization of civic activists and lawyers in occupied Crimea

Gulsum Alieva is the latest of a number of Crimean civic activists and lawyers who are facing so-called ‘pre-criminal investigation checks, aimed at silencing dissident voices in occupied Crimea or forcing those targeted into exile | detail

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16.07.2018

Flats for Treason in Russian-occupied Crimea

Anybody wondering how repressive regimes find the ‘judges’, ‘prosecutors’ and ‘police’ needed for politically-motivated arrests and trials, should look to Crimea under Russian occupation.  Although Moscow sent in Viktor Palagin and other Russians with a track record in repression to take up top posts in the FSB [security service], it also applied various ‘incentives’ to encourage Crimeans to switch allegiance.  One of the most corrupting of such incentives is housing.  | detail

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05.07.2018

Persecutor of well-known Ukrainian rights activist could get top anti-corruption post

Human rights activists have publicly expressed outrage that Dmytro Rudenko is being considered for the post of head of the Vinnytsa Department of the State Bureau of Investigations.  The SBI is still being set up and staffed, but its main task will be to investigate crimes committed by high-level officials, making any appointment of people like Rudenko seem quite inconceivable. | detail

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21.06.2018

Police, who watched on as homes were destroyed by Loschchynivka mob, now deny there were riots

Almost two years after violent anti-Roma riots in Loshchynivka (Odesa oblast) made world headlines, the police are ignoring hard evidence of who was to blame and essentially denying that there were riots at all | detail

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14.06.2018

Ukrainian neo-Nazi C14, known for racist and homophobic attacks, gets public funding for ‘patriotic education’

‘C14’, a neo-Nazi group involved over recent months in anti-Roma, homophobic and other attacks in Ukraine, has become one of the recipients of Ministry of Youth and Sport grants, together with an organization linked to the far-right Svoboda party. | detail

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13.06.2018

Sharp rise in far-right violence in Ukraine with police failing to react adequately

Police in Ukraine are unacceptably passive both during violent confrontations provoked by members of certain far-right extremist groups, and in investigating unlawful activities. There is a disturbing failure to properly investigate and prosecute even in cases where serious injuries have been inflicted.  The resulting sense of impunity is among reasons suggested for an alarming rise in unlawful activities by certain far-right extremist organizations in a new report published by Freedom House Ukraine Far-right Extremism as a Threat to Ukrainian Democracy. | detail

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31.05.2018

If Ukraine foiled a plan to kill Russian Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko, why the indignation?

The news on 30 May that Arkady Babchenko had not been killed was greeted with incredulous joy and then a wide range of reactions, some apparently lacking in any logic | detail

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28.05.2018

Ukrainian prosecutor accused of brutal attack on Roma hate crime lawyer

Andriy Mukha, the lawyer representing victims of a fatal attack on Roma residents in Vilshany (Kharkiv oblast) has himself been badly beaten up in his office by men who, he says, were led by a local prosecutor.  A criminal investigation has been launched, and though Mukha was alone at the time, the assailants did not wear masks and there appears to be CCTV video footage. | detail

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26.04.2018

Appalling images from neo-Nazi C14 attack on Kyiv Roma camp force police to retract denial

Video footage and witness accounts of the violent dispersal of a Roma camp on Lysa Hora by neo-Nazi C14 thugs emerged on 25 April which were in stark contrast to the version of events presented by the Head of the Kyiv Police, Andriy Kryshchenko.  By evening on 25 April, the police finally announced that a criminal investigation had been initiated after days of implausible denial. | detail

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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

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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

Visits 1281
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

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