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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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Author of “biometric” law gets Gold Thistle of the Year Anti-Award

Other laureates of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union’s annual anti-award for worst human rights offenders in 2012 include the Central Election Committee and President Yanukovych and Parliamentary Speaker Lytvyn | detail

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One Ukrainian “Election” with hot contenders

Before Human Rights Day on 10 December a UHHRU panel of judges must choose the worst violators of human rights in Ukraine during 2012 for the ignominious Thistle of the Year award. The list of candidates is formidable, the competition fierce | detail

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Human rights in Ukraine: Government & NGO reports differ radically

NGO shadow reports paint a very different picture from that presented in Geneva in the Government’s Report for Ukraine’s Universal Periodic Review on 24 October | detail

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Ukrainians “complain to the UN” over corruption, discrimination and torture

In September, as part of the campaign “Human Rights in Ukraine: Your Vote is Important”, Ukrainians were asked which rights are most often violated in Ukraine | detail

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Alternative views on Ukraine’s human rights record

On 24 October Ukraine is due to present the government’s report for the four-yearly Universal Periodic Review. This UN Human Rights Council has also received 12 shadow reports from Ukrainian NGOs | detail

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Foreign Ministry calls on NGOs to participate in OSCE-linked events

The Foreign Ministry informs that its Public Council attached to the Interior Ministry, together with the OSCE Project Coordinator are drawing up a project aimed at engaging institutions of civil society in ffulfilling OSCE aims during Ukraine’ chairmanship of the OSCE | detail

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