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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
19.07.2019

Ukrainian sentenced for an ‘anti-Russian’ Facebook post describes atmosphere of fear in occupied Crimea

Larisa Kitaiska is safely back in Kyiv, after a trip to her native Yalta in July 2016 resulted in her arrest by the Russian occupation authorities for supposedly ‘anti-Russian’ material on Facebook | detail

Visits 579
16.07.2019

Russia prosecutes for mentioning the Mejlis, but not for hate speech against Crimean Tatars

Russian occupiers are happy for texts to incite hatred about the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people or the Jehovah’s Witnesses with prosecutions only where the authors don’t mention Russia’s extraordinary bans on them | detail

Visits 421
12.07.2019

Mass arrests as Russian ‘court’ confirms horrific sentences against 4 Crimean Tatar political prisoners

In yet another eerie echo from the Soviet past, around 50 Crimean Tatar activists were detained on 11 July in Moscow. as they stood outside Russia’s Supreme Court, peacefully demonstrating their support for four Crimean Tatar political prisoners sentenced to huge terms of imprisonment | detail

Visits 905
11.07.2019

Bitter déjà vu: Crimean Tatars arrested on Red Square for defending victims of repression

Seven Crimean Tatar, many of them veterans of the Crimean Tatar national movement, were detained in Moscow on 10 July while holding a totally peaceful picket calling for an end to ethnic and religious persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 875
09.07.2019

Tortured Ukrainian political prisoner looks years older, yet remains unbroken

Yevhen Panov is only 42, but he looks ten years older after the torture he was subjected to and almost three years in Russian captivity. | detail

Visits 863
08.07.2019

Help stop Russia from killing Crimean Tatar political prisoner Edem Bekirov!

Lawyers representing imprisoned Crimean Tatar activist Edem Bekirov have approached the European Court of Human Rights, requesting that it force Russia to comply with its order and hospitalize Bekirov. In the meantime, a Russian doctor has launched a petition demanding what Russian law itself demands, that the authorities stop putting the 58-year-old amputee’s life in danger | detail

Visits 1001
03.07.2019

Crimean Tatar detained for innocuous social media post from before Russia annexed Crimea

A week after the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe effectively removed sanctions against Russia, purportedly to enable ‘dialogue’, Russia is openly refusing to obey an order from the International Tribunal  for the Law of the Sea to release 24 imprisoned seamen and is continuing its terror tactics against Crimean Tatars, demonstrating its usual contempt for both ‘dialogue’ and fundamental principles of law. | detail

Visits 661
02.07.2019

Russia ordered to pay Ukrainian journalist forced to flee Crimea huge damages

The award in moral compensation to Anna Andriyevska and simple court rulings could hurt Russia as the money is to be obtained by arresting Russian assets in Ukraine – and eventually abroad | detail

Visits 719
01.07.2019

Russia seizes main Cathedral and centre of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in occupied Crimea

The Russian occupation regime in Crimea has made its plundering of the main Cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea ‘official’ | detail

Visits 1783
29.06.2019

Balukh is refusing food or water in protest at relentless reprisals in Russian prison

The Ukrainian political prisoner, jailed by Russia for the Ukrainian flag he refused to renounce, is virtually permanently being held in a cold and dark punishment cell without warm clothing, and with even his psalm book having been taken from him. > | detail

Visits 1205
27.06.2019

Russian occupiers warn against using an‘extremist symbol’ on Crimean Tatar Flag Day

While Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians throughout the world were taking part in events and flashmobs to celebrate Crimean Tatar Flag day, the Russian occupation regime issued ‘warnings’, claiming that the Crimean Tatar flag was an ‘extremist’ symbol | detail

Visits 770
26.06.2019

Russia refuses to free 24 Ukrainian POWS despite an International Tribunal order it must obey

A month after Russia was ordered by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea [ITLOS] to release 24 Ukrainian servicemen it is holding prisoner | detail

Visits 1882
24.06.2019

Russia adds 4 politicians under EU sanctions to its first ‘delegation’ if Council of Europe gives in to blackmail

Four of the 18 members of the ‘delegation’ which Russia is hoping will be ‘triumphantly reinstated’ in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [PACE] on 24 June are under personal sanctions for their role in Russia’s aggression against Ukraine | detail

Visits 1605
24.06.2019

Ukrainian jailed for protest over monument to Russian invaders of Crimea

A Russian-controlled court in Simferopol has sentenced Maxim Sokurenko to six months in a minimum-security prison colony effectively for his opposition to Russia’s occupation of Crimea | detail

Visits 1087
21.06.2019

A High Human Rights Price if the Council of Europe capitulates to Russia

Russia’s reinstatement in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will send a message to all the political prisoners held in occupied Crimea and Russia, to the families of victims of torture, killings and abductions that their rights and their suffering are of less worth than ‘improving relations with Moscow’ | detail

Visits 1494
19.06.2019

Five Crimean Tatars sentenced to 68 years for peacefully practising their faith in Russian-occupied Crimea

A Russian court has sentenced five Crimean Tatars to a total of 68 years, for no crime, just for alleged ‘involvement’ in a totally peaceful movement which is legal in Ukraine | detail

Visits 3117
19.06.2019

Russia refuses to comply with ECHR order to hospitalize Ukrainian political prisoner

The Russian FSB is now trying to claim that the European Court of Human Rights directive ordering Russia to immediately hospitalize Edem Bekirov may be a ‘fake’ as its excuse for flouting it and continuing to place the 58-year-old Crimean Tatar’s life in danger | detail

Visits 825
18.06.2019

Russian-occupied Crimea is ‘Not Free’ & rates close to North Korea in Freedom House report

In Freedom House’s annual report for 2019, Crimea under Russian occupation is classified as Not Free, with a pitiful score of just 8/100. | detail

Visits 1135
17.06.2019

Imprisoned journalists in occupied Crimea and Russia that Ivan Golunov’s defenders never noticed

It is excellent that the trumped-up charges against Meduza journalist Ivan Golunov were dropped after mass protest, but no turning point when the vast majority of Russian and western journalists remain silent about the arrests and imprisonment of at least 10 Ukrainian journalists in occupied Crimea and Russia | detail

Visits 921
14.06.2019

Council of Europe’s reinstated Russian delegation would likely include illegal ‘deputies’ from occupied Crimea

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s capitulation to Russian demands will likely result in a Russian delegation including supposed ‘deputies’ from illegally annexed Ukrainian Crimea | detail

Visits 1288
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