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

Russia tells ECHR that it didn’t annex Crimea & accuses Ukraine & West of ‘fake evidence”

Russia’s attempts to twist the factual details of its annexation of Crimea and human rights violations were emphatically rejected on 11 September during the public hearings in the Case of Ukraine vs. Russia re Crimea at the European Court of Human Rights | detail

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Russian soldier & two paramilitaries charged with savage murder of Hero of Ukraine Reshat Ametov

The Ukrainian Prosecutor for Crimea has identified three men believed to have been behind the abduction of Reshat Ametov as he stood in silent protest at Russia’s invasion of Crimea on 3 March 2014, and his savage murder.   | detail

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Russia’s medical torture of Ukrainian political prisoners continues unabated

54-year-old Volodymyr Dudka’s health has deteriorated dramatically, yet the prison administration in Russian-occupied Crimea is providing only minimum treatment, and has refused to hand over the results of the last medical examination, carried out almost a year ago | detail

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Russia’s destruction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea hits unexpected hurdle

With Russia on the verge of destroying virtually the last remaining Ukrainian Orthodox Church place of worship in occupied Crimea, the UN Human Rights Committee has stepped in.  The Committee has applied its Rule 94 as an interim measures, and thus halted the eviction of the congregation from the Cathedral of Vladimir and Olga in the centre of Simferopol. | detail

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No ‘normalization’ while Russia is still holding at least 87 Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian political prisoners

While 7 September was certainly a day for rejoicing at the return to Ukraine of 35 Ukrainian political prisoners (including 24 PoWs), there was also huge sadness for the families who are still waiting the release of their fathers or sons | detail

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Russia uses primitive fake to imprison Crimean Tatar human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku

Computer ‘evidence’ presented by Russia’s FSB to back deeply flawed charges against Ukrainian human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku was created after Kuku was arrested on 11 February 2016 | detail

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Gravely ill Crimean Tatar activist released after 258 days of cruel torture

There were never any grounds for detaining 58-year-old Edem Bekirov, and his grave medical condition should have precluded any form of imprisonment, so the court’s ruling on 27 August was correct, but over 8 months too late | detail

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Armed FSB plant ‘prohibited books’ to arrest Crimean Tatar activists and terrorize their children

Bilyal Adilov is regaining strength after refusing all food and drink for several days in protest at the intolerable conditions in the Rostov SIZO [remand prison] where he and 23 other Crimean Tatar activists are illegally imprisoned | detail

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No ‘G8’ until Russia ends its occupation of Crimea & frees all Ukrainian hostages

It is doubtless no accident that the rumours gaining momentum this week of an imminent release of Ukrainian political prisoners and POWs held in Russia coincided with the support expressed by US President Donald Trump for Russia to re-join the G7, and frustratingly vague statements from French President Emanuel Macron | detail

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Russian abduction and torture nightmare ends for Ukrainian political prisoner

Volodymyr Prysich, who was tortured in Russian-occupied Crimea into ‘confessing’ on video to working for Ukrainian military intelligence and then imprisoned on a different charge, has returned home to the Kharkiv oblast, after three years in Russian captivity | detail

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6-year sentence in Russian-occupied Crimea for civic activism and a social media post

Crimean activist Yevhen Karakashev was arrested in early February, 2018, hours before public hearings into a controversial land development which he had vocally opposed.  The development went ahead, and  Karakashev has been imprisoned ever since | detail

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By renewing water supplies to Crimea, Ukraine would make Russia’s illegal occupation permanent

Attempts by the Russian occupation regime to initiate ‘negotiations’ with Ukraine over water supplies to Crimea have received unequivocal response from Ukrainian public figures, including the Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Refat Chubarov, and the President’s Representative on Crimea, Anton Korynevych. | detail

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Russia reverts to Stalin-era ‘confessions’ and insane charges in occupied Crimea

As was the case during the Soviet Terror of the 1930s, no actual crimes are required, since the FSB had long developed methods of obtaining ‘confessions’ to the most wildly implausible of charges | detail

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Crimean Tatars sentenced to 12 and 17 years on ‘terrorist charges’ without being accused of a crime

Both the Memorial Human Rights Centre and Human Rights Watch point to Russia’s use of ‘terrorism’ charges without any terrorism as a weapon against Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea | detail

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Edem Bekirov’s life is in danger, yet Russia continues torturing him

The only result of the cruel court farce in Simferopol on 8 August was that 58-year-old Edem Bekirov was held for 11 hours without food or water, despite the obvious danger to life that this caused a person with diabetes and a serious heart condition. | detail

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Russia releases Ukrainian abducted & tortured for a ‘confession’ discrediting Crimean Tatar leaders

The fact that Oleksandr Steshenko was freed suggests that he was only really needed for a televised ‘confession’ which was tortured out of him and gave a wildly implausible story aimed at discrediting the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and its leaders | detail

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Russia issues ‘international’ arrest warrant against Crimean Tatar TV ATR journalist

Two Russian-controlled courts in Crimea have ordered the arrest of Gulsum Halilova, a young Ukrainian journalist working as a presenter for TV ATR | detail

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Crimean Tatar political prisoner prefers imminent death from hunger strike to the slow torture Russia proposes

The hunger strike and rejection of all medication which Edem Bekirov is planning will certainly kill him, but that death, he believes, will be less painful than Russia’s new plans for the imprisoned Crimean Tatar activist who has only one leg and a number of potentially life-threatening illnesses | detail

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10 minutes per ‘trial’ in Russia’s conveyor belt of repression against Crimean Tatars

A Russian court on 29 July imposed fines on the first 18 of 46 Crimean Tatar activists detained in Moscow while standing outside the Supreme Court in solidarity with four Crimean Tatar political prisoners given huge sentences for no crime at all | detail

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Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in occupied Crimea plundered and destroyed

Less than a month after the Russian occupation regime seized the main premises of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea, the inside of the building has been devastated and all Church items simply stolen | detail

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