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27.01.2016

“Not one country reacted”: 71 years since the Liberation of Auschwitz

“Graves force any normal human being to stop and think. Yet here there are no graves. That means that on the place where an unthinkable crime was perpetrated, reflection must be transformed into particular responsibility, into enduring remembrance of what happened" - Władysław Bartoszewski | detail

Visits 1882
23.01.2016

In Memory of the First Maidan Victims

We remember Serhiy Nihoyan, Mikhail Zhyznevsky, Roman Senyk and Yury Verbytsky - the first of the Nebesna Sotnya, those killed on Maidan. It has become a bitter refrain that nobody has been brought to answer for their murders. | detail

Visits 4230
19.01.2016

Remembering Stas Markelov & Nastya Baburova

It is seven years today since human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and 25-year-old beginning journalist Anastasia Baburova, from Sevastopol in Crimea, were gunned down in Moscow by members of a neo-Nazi Russian nationalist organization | detail

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29.09.2015

Babyn Yar and Remembrance beyond the Anniversary

Flowers will be laid at the Menorah at Babyn Yar on Sept 29 in memory of the nearly 34 thousand Jewish men, women and children murdered in 1941. In honour of those same victims, it is surely time that the authorities take proper measures to safeguard this poignant memorial from foul attack. | detail

Visits 2695
03.09.2015

Remembering Vasyl Stus, a voice raised against tyranny

On September 4, 2015 it will be 30 years since the death in the Perm-36 labour camp of Vasyl Stus, Ukrainian poet and human rights defender. The anniversary and Stus’ refusal to remain silent whatever the price are of especial poignancy in the face of Russia’s mounting repression, including with respect to the Ukrainians it is holding prisoner | detail

Visits 4977
02.09.2015

Death of Vasyl Stus

Vasyl Stus – a human rights activist and a poet – died on the night from September 3 to 4 of 1985, in the solitary confinement of the «Institution ВС-389/36» in Kuchino village of Perm Region. At that time I was in the 20th cell of the “institution”, that’s why I consider it my civil and human duty to testify on the circumstances and causes of his death. | detail

Visits 5336
20.08.2015

In Memory: Hryhory Prykhodko

Hryhory Prykhodko, founder of the Ukrainian National Party and twice a political prisoner died on Aug 15, 2015. He was 78. | detail

Visits 1460
19.08.2015

In Memory: Anatoly Shevchuk

The writer and former political prisoner Anatoly Shevchuk died on Aug 12 in his native Zhytomyr, aged 78 | detail

Visits 1347
04.06.2015

In Memory: Leonid Plyushch

Leonid Plyushch, an active member of the Soviet human rights movement and victim of punitive psychiatry has died in France. He was 76, and had lived in France since being exiled from the Soviet Union in 1976 following a major campaign for his release from incarceration in a KGB psychiatric ‘hospital’. Although concentrating mainly on literary issues in recent years, Leonid Ivanovych followed events in Ukraine and always responded when voices were needed against injustice. | detail

Visits 2676
25.04.2015

Władysław Bartoszewski: A Life as Testimony to the Truth

“There was one choice: either I accept what I regard as evil, or I refuse to accept it. No other”. Władysław Bartoszewski, Polish historian and public figure, one of the Righteous of the Nations bore testimony to the truth in his works and in his life and his passing is a great loss not only for Poland> | detail

Visits 1971
07.04.2015

In Memory of Boris Nemtsov – Minute of NON-Silence

It is 40 days since Boris Nemtsov, fierce opponent of Moscow’s war against Ukraine and against its own people, was gunned down near the Kremlin. Please join in a Moment of NON-Silence in Boris Nemtsov’s memory and in defiance of those who want him forgotten. | detail

Visits 4076
07.03.2015

The Anti-Semitic Coding in Putin’s Telegram to Boris Nemtsov’s Mother

Putin’s telegram had another message for the wider Russian audience, one with a bad Soviet smell to it. It was addressed to Dina Yakovlevna Eidman, although Nemtsov’s mother has not used her maiden name since she married 63 years ago, and the Kremlin had every reason to know this | detail

Visits 10507
28.02.2015

Boris Nemtsov: Yes, I’m afraid that Putin will kill me

Boris Nemtsov was murdered 2 weeks after he told a Russian newspaper that, like his mother, he was afraid that Vladimir Putin would have him killed. His was one of the few public voices of sanity in Russia, unafraid to speak out and even make a film about the war Putin has launched against Ukraine. | detail

Visits 20441
21.02.2015

Arrests in Moscow for those honouring Maidan’s slain heroes

While thousands gathered on Maidan in Kyiv in memory of over 100 EuroMaidan protesters gunned down by police snipers a year ago, eight Muscovites were detained by police while trying to lay flowers outside the Ukrainian embassy | detail

Visits 3683
20.02.2015

Maidan, one year on: Pride, pain and determination

On the first anniversary of the bloodiest day of the EuroMaidan protests, civic activists, lawyers and others will be gathering on Maidan with a clear message to Ukraine’s President Poroshenko and parliamentarians. If you want us to believe that the authorities will never gun down peaceful protesters again, then ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court! | detail

Visits 2323
09.02.2015

In Memory: Mykola Plakhotnyuk

The death has been announced of Mykola Plakhotnyuk, former political prisoner, victim of punitive psychiatry and member of the important 1960s ‘Club for Creative Young People’. In later years Mykola Plakhotnyuk played a major role in creating a museum about the 1960s movement in Ukraine | detail

Visits 1722
27.01.2015

70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: “Politicization of this place is unthinkable”

On this 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, it will be survivors who are heard, not politicians. Around 300 former prisoners are expected to attend, and the ceremony this year centres around them. No ‘snubs’, no political scandals, simply recognition of a day when politicians should fall silent. | detail

Visits 2316
22.01.2015

Day of Ukrainian Unity and Remembrance for the First Maidan Victims

One year ago today two Maidan activists - Serhiy Nihoyan and Mikhail Zhyznevsky - were shot and killed on Hrushevsky St in Kyiv. On that same January 22 - Ukrainian Unity Day - Roman Senyk received fatal injuries, dying several days later, and Yury Verbytsky was left to die in a forest after being subjected to horrific torture. Nobody has been held to answer for any of these deaths. | detail

Visits 3389
19.01.2015

Against Real Fascists: Remembering Stas Markelov & Nastya Baburova

Well-known human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and 25-year-old Anastasia Baburova who was finishing journalism studies and working for Novaya Gazeta were gunned down in Moscow on January 19, 2009. | detail

Visits 3272
25.12.2014

In Memory: Father Gleb Yakunin

Gleb Yakunin, priest, defender of freedom of conscience and other human rights, former Soviet dissident and political prisoner, has died in Moscow. He was 80 | detail

Visits 2210
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