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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
01.04.2019

Where Ukraine’s presidential candidates Poroshenko and Zelensky (don’t) stand on Crimea and Donbas

While the issue of Russia’s occupation of Crimea may not be a vote-winner, and Volodymyr Zelensky is not alone in having no idea how to return Crimea, there are questions which the two likely presidential candidates in the second round must be willing to confront. | detail

Visits 1497
29.03.2019

Russia uses terror to crush Crimean Solidarity & drive Crimean Tatars from their homeland

Russia has unleashed a new wave of terror on occupied Crimea, with the aim very clearly being to intimidate Crimean Tatars into silence or drive them, on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the 1944 Deportation, from their homeland. | detail

Visits 898
28.03.2019

New arrests add 55 children to the victims of Russia’s war against Crimean Tatars

No child can be prepared for the trauma of seeing masked men waving machine guns burst into their home and force their father to the ground.  That was the experience for 55 children on 27 March, many of whom watched in terror as the men took their fathers away in handcuffs | detail

Visits 2499
28.03.2019

Mass armed searches and arrests of Crimean Tatar activists in Russian-occupied Crimea

20 men are now in custody, with that number set to rise, after the latest and most flagrant, of a series of attacks on Crimean Solidarity clearly aimed at intimidating Crimean Tatars and forcing them into silence about the mounting repression under Russian occupation | detail

Visits 1734
27.03.2019

Crimean journalist arrested hours after saying that Crimea needs to be saved from Russia

The formerly pro-Russian journalist Yevhen Haivoronsky was detained on 26 March, just hours after giving the latest of several interviews recently in which he has fiercely criticized the Russian authorities and expressed support for Ukraine. | detail

Visits 1090
27.03.2019

Russia has eliminated all classes taught in Ukrainian since its annexation of Crimea

Almost two years after the UN’s International Court of Justice ordered Russia to “ensure the availability of education in the Ukrainian language” in occupied Crimea, there is not one school teaching all subjects in Ukrainian | detail

Visits 1740
25.03.2019

Russian court helps FSB fake testimony against imprisoned Crimean anarchist

There are also strong grounds for believing that the Russian prosecution’s main witness against Crimean political prisoner Yevhen Karakashev is giving testimony under duress | detail

Visits 636
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 1874
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 1064
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 787
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 3379
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 726
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 1227
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 2332
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 561
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 2450
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 2850
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 950
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 579
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 1026
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