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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
11.02.2019

Turncoats and torture deployed against Ukrainian Muslims in Russian-occupied Crimea

It is no accident that Russia’s censor has begun a new campaign to stifle information about human rights violations in occupied Crimea by trying to force YouTube to delete material about imprisoned human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku and the arrests on 11 February 2016. There is a lot that the FSB, and especially Alexander Kompaneitsev, a notorious Ukrainian turncoat, should want to hide. | detail

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08.02.2019

Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia & occupied Crimea jailed for much longer than murderers

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced a man who killed his wife, dismembered her body and threw the parts in different rubbish bins to eight years’ imprisonment, 11 years less than a Crimean Tatar political prisoner imprisoned for his faith | detail

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07.02.2019

YouTube collaborates with Russia to censor video about imprisoned Crimean Tatar human rights activist Kuku

YouTube has demanded that the Ukrainian Centre for Journalist Investigations [CJI] remove a video about imprisoned Crimean Tatar human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku because of a complaint received from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s effective censor | detail

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01.02.2019

Russian FSB rejects imprisoned Crimean Tatar activist’s alibi in favour of their ‘secret witness’

The FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea are not just ignoring the fact that Edem Bekirov, a 57-year-old amputee with grave medical problems could not have committed the actions he is accused of.  They are also refusing to consider Bekirov’s alibi which debunks the testimony of the FSB’s anonymous ‘secret witness’ | detail

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30.01.2019

ECHR puts off examination of Sentsov & Kolchenko vs. Russia essentially for political reasons

Earlier reports that the European Court of Human Rights had restored the ‘priority status’ assigned to the case of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko were, as suspected, premature.  One mistake was rectified, yet the Court is still refusing to consider the men’s applications until it has examined Ukraine’s intergovernmental case against Russia over Crimea.  | detail

Visits 1034
29.01.2019

New Russian laws can stifle any information about environmental disasters in occupied Crimea

Russia has made it “a thousand times more difficult to write freely” in occupied Crimea than in its own country, according to one Russian journalist who warns that the situation is likely to deteriorate still further after a new dangerous legislative initiative | detail

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28.01.2019

Russia sentences Crimean Tatar to 10 years for alleged involvement in ‘Ukrainian battalion’

It is indicative of the questionable nature of all such prosecutions that Russian-controlled reports of this sentence used identical video footage to that shown in reporting another alleged arrest of a ‘battalion member’ on that very same day. | detail

Visits 891
25.01.2019

Russia ordered to comply with the Geneva Convention on Prisoners of War in treatment of 24 imprisoned Ukrainians

PACE has called on Russia to release all 24 Ukrainian servicemen seized on 25 November 2018, and has insisted that their treatment must be in accordance with the Geneva Conventions, one of which regulates treatment of prisoners of war.  | detail

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25.01.2019

Four Crimean Tatar political prisoners released under house arrest

Bitter questions must, however, remain as none of the men should even have been imprisoned in the first place, and not only because of the absurd charges | detail

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24.01.2019

Russia stages mystery arrest for new propaganda about ‘Crimean Tatar battalion’

After claiming that Edem Bekirov, an amputee who has a serious heart condition, is an Asker Battalion fighter, the Russian FSB is now hiding the face of another Crimean Tatar arrested on similar charges, and carrying out armed searches of the parents of activists living in mainland Ukraine | detail

Visits 986
23.01.2019

Four Crimean Tatars sentenced for their faith in Russian occupied Crimea

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has convicted four men of involvement in a peaceful movement which is totally legal in Ukraine, but which Russia has decided to label ‘extremist’ | detail

Visits 1066
21.01.2019

5-year sentence demanded in Russia’s “safari hunt of Muslims” in occupied Crimea

The de facto prosecutor in Russian-occupied Crimea has demanded one real five-year prison term and three suspended sentences in its prosecution of four Crimean Muslims for membership of the entirely peaceful and apolitical Tablighi Jamaat missionary movement | detail

Visits 947
18.01.2019

Russia seizes bus driver and forces him to ‘confess’ to spying for Ukraine

Russia’s FSB has come up with another Ukrainian spying story, with a standard ‘confession’ wildly shown on state-controlled television.  | detail

Visits 1242
17.01.2019

Charges against Crimean Tatar activist dropped after he was tortured and jailed for six months

The Investigative Committee in Russian-occupied Crimea has terminated criminal proceedings against Ismail Ramazanov almost a year after he was arrested, savagely tortured and held in detention for six months | detail

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17.01.2019

Russia brings mass prosecutions of believers to occupied Crimea

While Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses are most in danger, believers of other faiths have also faced prosecution for worshiping ’in the wrong place’ or similar | detail

Visits 1116
16.01.2019

Russia caused one death to try to discredit Crimean Tatars and is now risking new fatalities

Russia began its most sordid persecution of Crimean Tatars by causing the death of 83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka and now appears intent on breaking its record of deaths  | detail

Visits 909
15.01.2019

Russia tries to impose secrecy on its illegal seizure of 24 Ukrainian POWs

If Russia has nothing to hide in its ‘prosecution’ of 24 Ukrainian POWs, why is the FSB asking for their detention court hearings to be held behind closed doors?   | detail

Visits 1125
14.01.2019

Russia increases torture conditions for most Crimean and other Ukrainian political prisoners

Three new Russian laws, recently signed into force by Russian President Vladimir Putin,  will make the conditions for the ever-mounting number of Crimean political prisoners convicted of so-called ‘extremism’ or ‘terrorism’ even harsher. | detail

Visits 1473
11.01.2019

Russia launches dangerous attack on lawyers defending victims of persecution in occupied Crimea

Russia’s Justice Ministry has demanded that the de facto Crimean Bar Association expel Emil Kurbedinov, with this almost certainly leading to his being stripped of his licence. This is the latest of several attempts to silence Kurbedinov and other courageous lawyers in occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 1356
10.01.2019

Russia’s imprisonment of disabled Crimean Tatar activist is a death sentence without a crime or trial

Even the media reports that showed Bekirov having difficulty walking with a crutch still posted headlines claiming that he was a member of a military formation who’d been seized with 11 kilograms of explosives. | detail

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