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13.06.2017

Political Deals over Human Rights Ombudsman jeopardize Judicial Reform in Ukraine

Ukraine’s legislators failed last week to undermine the vital post of Parliamentary Commissioner on Human Rights (Ombudsman), though not for want of trying. Civic organizations have again demanded that a proper competition be held, with a previously forgotten detail about the role of the Ombudsperson highlighting potentially disastrous ramifications for judicial reform if politicians choose according to party quotas. | detail

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05.06.2017

RPR: Party quotas must not be applied in appointing new Human Rights Commissioner

The Reanimation Package of Reforms calls upon the Parliament of Ukraine to ensure an open and independent competition for the post of the Ombudsman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in compliance with internationally recognized standards of transparency, impartiality and involvement of civil society. | detail

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26.05.2017

Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov wins major human rights award

Emil Kurbedinov, a tireless advocate for all those facing politically motivated persecution in occupied Crimea, has become Front Line Defenders’ 2017 Laureate of the Human Rights Defenders at Risk Award. The honour is truly well-deserved, although Emil himself considers it recognition of the work done by all lawyers and human rights defenders in Crimea. | detail

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24.05.2017

Politicians jeopardize role of main human rights body in Ukraine

Three of Ukraine’s main parties have put forward ‘their own’ candidates for the now vacant post of Ukrainian Human Rights Ombudsperson, and human rights groups are up in arms. There can be no political quotas or wheeling-dealing about a person appointed to protect all citizens’ rights in the country, they insist | detail

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11.05.2017

Speak out for those whom Russia stops from being at Eurovision

Spare a thought - and some time for the initiative #NoEurovisionFor for the 44 Ukrainian political prisoners who cannot be at the Eurovision competition currently underway in Kyiv, nor even see it from their prisons in Russia, or Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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04.05.2017

Anton Naumlyuk honoured for vital coverage of Ukrainian political trials in Crimea & Russia

Anton Naumlyuk, a Russian journalist who has fearlessly reported on numerous politically motivated prosecutions of Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians in occupied Crimea and Russia, has become one of the laureates of the 2017 Free Media Awards | detail

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16.11.2016

International Criminal Court demolishes Russia’s narrative on Crimean annexation

Russia’s attempts to distort the picture regarding its invasion and annexation of Crimea, and military engagement in Eastern Ukraine received a significant blow on Nov 14 in the hard-hitting conclusions published by the International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor | detail

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07.11.2016

The values and principles of work of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group and today’s human rights defence: an attempted comparison

An address to a conference on the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group | detail

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17.10.2016

Rights activist and anti-corruption lawyer attacked in Kharkiv

Human rights activists have demanded a proper investigation into the attack on Oct 13 on Roman Likhachov, a lawyer, human rights activist and local politician in Chuhuiv (Kharkiv oblast). They believe that the assault was linked with his work representing clients fighting corrupt dealings and are concerned that the police appear to have taken no action. | detail

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14.07.2016

To prevent further human suffering in the east of Ukraine, the rule of law has to be re-established

According to Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, "the conflict in the east of Ukraine remains the cause of enormous human suffering and loss of life. It is high time to put an end to it and ensure the effective prosecution and sanctioning of those responsible for human rights violations” | detail

Visits 741
11.07.2016

Top Twelve Biggest Achievements of the Ukrainian Reforms

The Reanimation Package of Reforms [RPR] has put together a list of key reforms . It states that despite huge resistance, Ukrainian reforms do produce tangible results and civil society will continue to push for these changes to become irreversible. | detail

Visits 977
27.10.2015

Crimean Field Mission on Human Rights calls for international presence in Crimea

The Crimean Field Mission on Human Rights considers it essential to ensure the maximum international presence in Crimea of institutions, special procedures and independent experts of the OSCE, the UN and the Council of Europe, whose mandate is to protect human rights, to monitor and assess the human rights situation in the Crimean Peninsula | detail

Visits 1531
29.09.2015

Veteran Russian Activist Wins Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has awarded its annual Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to veteran Russian activist Lyudmila Alekseyeva. | detail

Visits 1201
05.12.2014

President asked to extend preparation stage for national human rights strategy

A number of human rights organizations including the Kharkiv Human Rights Group have addressed an open appeal to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asking him to extend the timeframe to enable vital public participation | detail

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23.10.2014

Whose “widespread use of cluster munitions”?

Human Rights Watch’s allegations of widespread use by the Ukrainian government of cluster bombs have been widely reported, unlike the OSCE’s denial of any evidence of this and other serious grounds for concern about the report | detail

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29.07.2014

UN: Reign of Fear and Terror inflicted by armed groups

The latest report by the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights documents how armed groups in eastern Ukraine “continue to abduct, detain, torture and execute people kept as hostages in order to intimidate and “to exercise their power over the population in raw and brutal ways.” | detail

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23.04.2013

US Report highlights Tymoshenko / Lutsenko, flawed elections and media clamps

Other human rights problems include abuse of persons in custody, an inefficient and corrupt judicial system; arbitrary and lengthy pretrial detention; inadequate provisions for asylum seekers; pervasive corruption and government pressure on NGOs | detail

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11.03.2013

Kyiv to get a Human Rights House

Plans, initiated by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, are underway to create a Human Rights House in Kyiv. At present money is being raised and an appropriate building sought. | detail

Visits 1460
28.02.2013

Human rights in 2012 – more flies, than ointment

The authors of Human Rights in Ukraine – 2012. note that the Prosecutor’s Office, the Interior Ministry, SBU and tax bodies continue to be used as weapons of repression against the opposition and civic movements | detail

Visits 1844
26.12.2012

How to resist State terror

Each of us can become a victim of the state and in today’s Ukraine nobody can guarantee that his or her rights will not be violated. However the situation is not hopeless and there are mechanisms for defending a person the Head of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Yevhen Zakharov says | detail

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