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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
21.05.2019

Russia uses threats & intimidation to drive Crimean Tatar out of schools in occupied Crimea

Both enforcement bodies and school heads are being used in Russian-occupied Crimea to ‘dissuade’ children and their parents from asserting their full right to insist on education in the Crimean Tatar language | detail

Visits 244
17.05.2019

Bitter 75th Anniversary of the Crimean Tatar Deportation as Russian persecution mounts in occupied Crimea

This is no formal remembrance of a tragedy somewhere back in the distant past. 75 years after Stalin’s monstrous act of genocide, many Crimean Tatars are once again in forced exile, others imprisoned in occupied Crimea or Russia for their civic activism or simply for their faith | detail

Visits 923
17.05.2019

Tortured Crimean Tatar jailed for over 10 years without a crime

The de facto High Court in Russian-occupied Crimea has upheld a 10.5 year sentence against a young Crimean Tatar,  Fevzi Sahandzhy despite the latter’s allegations of torture and the lack of any criminal behaviour in the charges | detail

Visits 474
15.05.2019

Civic journalist Osman Arifmemetov imprisoned in Russia for reporting repression in occupied Crimea

Osman Arifmemetov was one of the first civic journalists in occupied Crimea and there is every reason to believe that his arrest and imprisonment are the direct result of his tireless work in reporting on the ever-increasing number of armed searches, arrests and politically-motivated ‘trials’ since 2014 | detail

Visits 559
14.05.2019

Ukrainian MPs seem ready to abandon Kremlin hostages

After two years of empty assurances about support for the Kremlin’s Ukrainian hostages and POWs, Ukraine’s lawmakers could be on the point of passing a bill that gives the Security Service unwarranted power to determine who counts as a hostage, while not helping any of the ever-increasing number of political prisoners held in occupied Crimea and Russia | detail

Visits 471
13.05.2019

Russia denies that political prisoner Balukh has Ukrainian citizenship after jailing him for not betraying Ukraine

The Russian prison service is treating Volodymyr Balukh as a Russian citizen and refusing to let him see the Ukrainian consul.  Balukh is imprisoned for his peaceful opposition to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and was subjected to farcical ‘trials’ as a Ukrainian, so the move now to deny him his citizenship is especially lawless | detail

Visits 609
10.05.2019

Russia claims torture used to imprison Sentsov is none of the European Court’s business

It is five years today since Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was seized by Russian FSB and tortured in occupied Crimea. If the allegations of torture were untrue, why is Russia lying about when he was arrested? | detail

Visits 1047
08.05.2019

Preschool soldiers and children with rifles in occupied Crimea and Russia

Less than a quarter of Russians believe that military parades and processions are an appropriate way to mark Victory Day, yet thousands of children, even of pre-school age, have been decked out in military uniforms and sent onto the streets for elaborate 9 May events | detail

Visits 1235
03.05.2019

Russia ‘boycotts’ International Tribunal hearing on its illegal seizure of 24 Ukrainian seamen

Moscow could checkmate itself through its attempts to deny the jurisdiction of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) over Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crew | detail

Visits 1144
01.05.2019

Armed raids for statistics and terror in Russian-occupied Crimea

Brazen intrusions into Crimean Tatar homes by men with machine guns have become common in Russian-occupied Crimea, but there were some differences on 30 April | detail

Visits 515
30.04.2019

Disabled and gravely ill Crimean Tatar political prisoner denied medication

There is no reason for Edem Bekirov to be held in detention in Russian-occupied Crimea, and no justification for killing him through brutal treatment yet this is exactly what the Russian occupation regime seems intent on doing | detail

Visits 808
26.04.2019

Russia flouts its own law to increase Crimean political prisoner Balukh’s prison sentence for the Ukrainian flag

A Russian-controlled ‘court’ in Crimea has illegally increased the period that Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh will be forced to spend in Russian captivity | detail

Visits 781
26.04.2019

168 child victims of Russia’s mounting repression in occupied Crimea

Another Crimean Tatar activist was arrested on 17 April, bringing the number of activists, most of them from the Crimean Solidarity civic initiative, whom the Russian occupation regime has taken prisoner over the last month to at least 24 | detail

Visits 942
24.04.2019

Russia sentences Crimean activist to six years for social media posts

Yevhen Karakashev, a 41-year-old left-wing activist from Yevpatoria in occupied Crimea, was jailed for six years by a Russian court on 19 April, with the charges based solely on very old posts on the social network VKontakte | detail

Visits 1264
24.04.2019

Ukrainian Orthodox Church congregation refused registration in Russian-occupied Crimea

The Russian-controlled ‘justice ministry’ in occupied Crimea is making problems over the application for registration of a Ukrainian Orthodox congregation, an application forced on the Church by mounting attempts to drive it from Crimea | detail

Visits 641
23.04.2019

Russia uses farcical criminal charges against Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev to keep him out of Crimea

The 5-year ban on entering his native Crimea that Russia imposed on veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev soon after invading his homeland came to an end on 19 April, but it is using surreal criminal charges. | detail

Visits 1149
20.04.2019

Court in Crimea confirms Russia had no reason to arrest – and kill - 83-year-old Crimean Tatar veteran Vedzhie Kashka

A Russian-controlled court in Crimea has passed long suspended sentences on four Crimean Tatars in their fifties and sixties despite an earlier court ruling having confirmed that there were never any grounds for their arrest, imprisonment and ‘trial’ at all | detail

Visits 916
19.04.2019

Persecution in occupied Crimea that Russia will use 20-year sentences against journalists to hide

Remzi Bekirov has been a major force within the Crimean Solidarity movement, working tirelessly to report on the mounting repression in occupied Crimea. He is now potentially facing a life sentence, on of 23 civic activists arrested in Russia’s worst attack to date on Crimean Solidarity and on Crimean Tatars | detail

Visits 456
17.04.2019

Crimean Tatar Imam arrested on charges of ‘calls to extremism’ in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia’s abuse of ‘extremism’ legislation is notorious, and suspicions about this ‘operation’ are only exacerbated by the fact that the FSB and other enforcement officers appear to have been accompanied by several Russian and Russian-controlled TV channels | detail

Visits 1208
16.04.2019

Effective torture of Crimean Tatar & other Ukrainian political prisoners in Russian detention

Human excrement dripping from leaking sewage pipes, cells in which political prisoners are held with men suffering from tuberculosis or AIDS, and solitary confinement for lying down after being refused treatment for acute pain | detail

Visits 682
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