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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
22.03.2019

Russian Defence Ministry wants a million children in ‘Youth Army’ by 2020

Russia’s Defence Ministry is reportedly seeking the creation of ‘Yunarmia’ [‘Youth Army’] units at all defence industry enterprises in its drive to get one million children and young people ‘enlisted’ by 2020 in a structure that has been compared to the Nazi Hitlerjugend | detail

Visits 1612
21.03.2019

Armed searches and arrests of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia’s FSB have brought more persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses to occupied Crimea with at least six armed searches on 20 March and subsequent detention | detail

Visits 870
20.03.2019

Crimean Tatar civic journalist faces 7-year sentence for reporting rights abuses in occupied Crimea

It is dangerous in Russian-occupied Crimea to write the truth, especially about political persecution and other rights violations.  Nariman Memedeminov has already spent a year in detention for his civic journalism and active role in the Crimean Solidarity civic initiative, and is now being deprived of an urgently-needed medical operation. | detail

Visits 660
19.03.2019

Siemens collaboration with Russia helps Putin to further militarize Crimea

Mustafa Dzhemilev is convinced that Putin knows that Russia’s annexation of Crimea was a bad mistake. For the moment, however, he’s still on propaganda drives with the one for the fifth anniversary, unfortunately, aided by Germany’s Siemens | detail

Visits 2781
19.03.2019

Russian occupiers are doing everything to kill imprisoned Crimean Tatar amputee

As if it were not enough to effectively abduct and imprison Edem Bekirov on charges which his disability and serious illnesses make simply preposterous, Russia is now placing the 58-year-old Crimean Tatar’s life in danger through inappropriate medication and 24-hour incarceration in appalling conditions | detail

Visits 570
18.03.2019

Russia State Duma Speaker demands compensation from Ukraine for ‘annexing’ Crimea

Five years after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, Russian State Duma Speaker Viacheslav Volodin has claimed it was Ukraine that annexed Crimea and should pay ‘compensation’ | detail

Visits 1107
15.03.2019

‘Closed for Destruction’: Russia is digging up 16th Century Crimean Tatar Khan’s Palace

Video footage has shown new details of Russia’s wanton destruction of the Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai, with ordinary workers carrying out ‘excavation’ work, without any attempt to record and preserve artefacts found | detail

Visits 2216
15.03.2019

Russia breaks all records in Crimea with level of persecution of 8 Crimean Tatars

The FSB have suddenly changed the indictment against more Crimean Tatar political prisoners arrested for their faith and involvement in the Crimean Solidarity civic initiative | detail

Visits 469
13.03.2019

In an important first, UN spells out that Russia is holding 24 Ukrainian Prisoners of War

In its first quarterly report since Russia’s attack on three Ukrainian naval ships near Crimea, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has clearly stated that Russia is in breach of international humanitarian law and that the 24 Ukrainians seized on 25 November 2018 are prisoners of war | detail

Visits 2237
11.03.2019

At least 52 Crimeans prosecuted for refusing to serve in Russian occupiers’ army

There can be many reasons why individual Crimeans have sought to avoid Russian military service.  In all cases, however, it is Russia that is violating international law by forcing young men to serve in an occupying army   | detail

Visits 2684
08.03.2019

Russia holds 100 Ukrainian political prisoners & POWs, but accuses Ukraine of persecuting Crimeans

Russia’s Human Rights Ombudsperson’s complaint that Ukraine is persecuting Crimeans comes as around 80 Ukrainians are illegally deprived of their liberty in occupied Crimea or Russia, as well as 24 POWs Unlike Moskalkova, we can name the victims of persecution | detail

Visits 802
08.03.2019

New persecution in occupied Crimea inevitable after Russia allows imprisonment for “disrespect for the authorities”

Russia has taken another dangerous step towards stifling criticism of those in power and inconvenient information, with this having major ramifications for Crimea while under occupation | detail

Visits 498
05.03.2019

Still only ‘pinprick sanctions’ 100 days after Russia’s Azov Sea attack & seizure of 24 Ukrainian POWs

Russia’s attack on Ukrainian naval vessels and seizure of 24 POWs were condemned by the international community but the sanctions thus far have been “like a pinprick to an elephant”, according to Nikolai Polozov, the coordinator of the lawyers representing the 24 Ukrainians | detail

Visits 862
04.03.2019

Ukrainian Archbishop Klyment detained in Russian-occupied Crimea on grotesquely absurd charges

Archbishop Klyment, Head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Russian-occupied Crimea was detained on Sunday morning, 3 March, and held in custody till late evening, facing two separate charges of breath-taking cynicism | detail

Visits 2330
03.03.2019

Reshat Ametov, and the torture and killings with impunity that Russia brought to Crimea

It is five years since 39-year-old Reshat Ametov was abducted while standing in silent protest against Russia’s invasion of his homeland and tortured to death. His was not the only abduction by the armed paramilitaries whom Russia let leash on Crimea, with none having ever been properly investigated | detail

Visits 889
01.03.2019

Soldier who betrayed Ukraine sentenced to 10 years in Russia for ‘treason’

Dmitry Dolgopolov and his common-law wife Anna Sukhonosova were accused of having gathered secret information for Ukraine’s Military Intelligence, and sentenced to 10 and 9 years, respectively | detail

Visits 564
28.02.2019

Russia brings charges of ‘planning to violently seize power’ for Crimean Solidarity with political prisoners

There are grounds for suspecting that the added charge of ‘planning to violently seize power’ is punishment for refusal to ‘cooperate’ with the investigators.  | detail

Visits 739
27.02.2019

Uncomfortable human rights questions silenced on anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Two Ukrainian human rights activists scheduled to speak at a high-level event marking five years of Russia’s occupation of Crimea were removed from the agenda after they sent details of their speeches | detail

Visits 641
26.02.2019

Glazyev tapes debunk Russia’s lies about its annexation of Crimea and undeclared war against Ukraine

Although the international community has remained united in refusing to recognize Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian Crimea five years ago, it has been disturbingly willing to accept Russia’s narrative about the supposed mass support in Crimea for this move | detail

Visits 1307
25.02.2019

Children taught how to hunt ‘the enemy’ and disperse protests in Russia and occupied Crimea

In a recent ‘military game’ in occupied Crimea, Russia’s Defence Ministry had children pretending to be military intelligence agents and gathering information about ‘the enemy’ | detail

Visits 1010
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