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

In Memory: Zynoviy Antonyuk, Soviet Political Prisoner, Ukrainian Voice of Conscience

Zynoviy Antonyuk, former Soviet dissident, publicists and human rights defender, has died at the age of 86, after many years of illness. | detail

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Crimean Tatar veteran activist who “fed Maidan” has died in occupied Crimea

Mustafa Osmanov was implacably opposed to Russia’s occupation of his homeland and, together with his son, had faced trouble for this stand, but he is probably most fondly remembered throughout Ukraine for the special role he played during the Maidan protests in the winter of 2013/14. | detail

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HRW: A Tribute to Ludmila Mikhailovna Alexeeva

Human Rights Watch, in bidding farewell to Ludmila Alexeeva, who died on 8 December, has published an extensive interview with Ludmila Mikhailovna | detail

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What is Happening around Babyn Yar Today?

Almost two years ago, Ukraine proved herself to be a state and a civil society by marking a day of mourning on the 75th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy | detail

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In Memory: Yuriy Badzio, former political prisoner & member of the Ukrainian national liberation movement

Yuri Badzio, one of the last political prisoners of the Soviet regime, who spent two extra years in exile for refusing to ask for a ’pardon’, has died in Kyiv, at the age of 82 | detail

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In Memory: Levko Lukyanenko, Founding member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group

Levko Lukyanenko, one of the founding members of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group who spent 25 years in Soviet labour camps, has died in Kyiv after a long illness | detail

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In Memory: Server Karametov, Veteran Crimean Tatar Activist and Political Prisoner in Occupied Crimea

Server Karametov, veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, unwavering defender of all victims of political persecution under Russian occupation and himself a prisoner of conscience, has died in hospital after being hit by a car in Stary Krym.   | detail

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In Memory: Yuri Soloshenko, the Kremlin’s oldest Ukrainian hostage

Yuri Soloshenko, Ukrainian pensioner and one of the first hostages of Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine, has died less than two years after his release from Russian captivity . | detail

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Crimean Tatar tortured to death for silent protest - Hero of Ukraine and symbol of Russian lawlessness

It is four years since Reshat Ametov was abducted from his silent protest at Russia’s invasion of his native Crimea and savagely tortured to death.  On the eve of the anniversary, President Petro Poroshenko entrusted to Refat Ametov his brother’s Hero of Ukraine honour and posthumous Gold Star award.    | detail

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In Memory: Oleksandr Khomchenko, Donetsk Pastor Tortured for Praying for Ukraine

Oleksandr Khomchenko, the courageous Donetsk pastor tortured for his active participation in the Prayer Marathon under a Ukrainian flag in 2014, has died after a long illness, aged 59. Father Oleksandr gave vital testimony about Russian war crimes in Donbas, and was a People’s Hero of Ukraine | detail

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In Memory: Arseny Roginsky

Arseny Roginsky, Soviet political prisoner & Chairman of the International Memorial Society has died at the age of 71 after a life spent in “the struggle for historical truth and human rights”.  His colleagues write that it would be hard to imagine Memorial over the nearly 30 years of its existence without Arseny Borisovich, and inconceivable to imagine it now without him.  The loss is felt far beyond Russia. | detail

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Russia prevents jailed Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz from attending his mother’s funeral

It is a son’s duty to lay his mother to rest. Russia had allowed Crimean Tatar political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz to see his dying mother for just ten minutes two weeks ago, and it has now prevented him from attending her funeral | detail

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Q&A: What Does Archbishop Huzar’s Example Mean for Ukraine?

Archbishop Lubomyr Huzar, who died on May 31, was the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and a leading moral authority for a very large number of Ukrainians | detail

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Slain Crimean Tatar Symbol of Struggle against Russian Invasion Declared Hero of Ukraine

Reshat Ametov wanted his three children to grow up in a free Ukraine. When others were too fearful to join him in a peaceful demonstration against Russia’s invasion of Crimea, the 39-year-old Crimean Tatar came out in solitary protest.  He was abducted by armed paramilitaries from outside the Crimean parliament and savagely tortured to death. | detail

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In Memoriam: Yevhen Hrytsyak, Leader of the Norilsk Uprising

Yevhen Hrytsyak, one of the leaders of the 1953 Norilsk Uprising, has died at the age of 90. In his message on the news, President Petro Poroshenko spoke both of deep sorrow at his passing and of “profound gratitude for his example of an unbreakable spirit and will to fight for freedom”. | detail

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A Loss for Ukraine and One Tortured Ukrainian Political Prisoner

Viktor Parshutkin, a Russian lawyer who became well-known in Ukraine for forcing Russia to withdraw falsified charges against Ukrainian political prisoner Serhiy Lytvynov has died suddenly in Moscow at the age of 57. | detail

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A World That Didn’t React and Isn’t Now

This 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau feels frighteningly different from previous years. Developments over the last year have meant that for the first time very many people are confronting the possibility of a rise in totalitarianism, with the question “how could it happen?” no longer something for enlightened history teachers to discuss with their students. | detail

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The First Maidan Victims

It is three years since Maidan activists Serhiy Nihoyan and Mikhail Zhyznevsky were killed on Hrushevsky St in Kyiv. 21-year-old Serhiy Nihoyan died first, killed by sniper bullets to the head and chest. An hour later it was learned that 25-year-old Mikail Zhyznevsky had also been shot and killed | detail

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In Memory of Petro Grigorenko whose voice in defence of Crimean Tatars is again desperately needed

It is the 109th anniversary today of the birth of Petro Grigorenko, Soviet General, Soviet dissident, victim of punitive psychiatry and defender of the Crimean Tatar people. His friend Mustafa Dzhemiliev is now again in exile, and the Crimean Tatars facing persecution in their homeland under Russian occupation | detail

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Babyn Yar: "Did the sun really not pale at the sight of that horror? "

It is 75 years since the Nazi massacre of almost 34 thousand Ukrainian Jews in Babyn Yar, and 25 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union and its lies about the Victims of Babyn Yar and about the Holocaust | detail

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