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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
31.10.2018

Huge increase in number of political prisoners in Russia & occupied Crimea

Russia’s renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has once again marked Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression on 30 October by publishing new lists of political prisoners currently held in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea.  | detail

Visits 1131
31.10.2018

Russia sends Ukrainians from occupied Crimea to fight in Syria

Ukrainian human rights groups have submitted evidence to the International Criminal Court of Russia’s war crimes in forcing young Crimeans to serve in the occupying state’s army | detail

Visits 2527
30.10.2018

After almost 5 years of Russian aggression, Ukraine is still unable to prosecute for war crimes

Almost five years have passed since Russia launched its military aggression against Ukraine, yet in all that time only one person has been convicted of a war crime.  While catching some of the worst war criminals is difficult, the main problem lies in glaring gaps in Ukrainian legislation which the government has been in no hurry to rectify.  | detail

Visits 3179
30.10.2018

Two Muslims get huge prison sentences for teaching their faith in Russian-occupied Crimea

Akramdzhon Abdullaev and Nematdzhon Isroilov are the latest victims of Russia’s persecution on occupied territory of Muslims for alleged involvement in the peaceful Hizb ut-Tahrir movement which is legal in Ukraine. | detail

Visits 997
29.10.2018

Russia launches new attack on Crimean Solidarity & lawyers defending political prisoners

Russian enforcement officers have carried out a second raid on a meeting of the human rights initiative Crimean Solidarity, with the actions of the masked men this time evidently aimed at instilling fear among all those present.  Two Crimean Tatar lawyers were issued ‘warnings’, as was one of the coordinators of Crimean Solidarity | detail

Visits 1344
26.10.2018

Russia hurls petulant lies as Kremlin hostage Oleg Sentsov awarded Sakharov Prize

Russia’s ‘terrorist’ narrative about Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov took another blow on 25 October when the Kremlin’s most famous political prisoner was awarded the EU’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. | detail

Visits 1162
25.10.2018

Ukrainian political prisoner’s whereabouts unknown after riots in Russian prison

It is not clear where Dmytro Shtyblikov, the Ukrainian academic accused by Russia of organizing a supposed ‘saboteur plot’ in occupied Crimea, has been taken. It is possible that his transfer is linked with Russia’s latest attempt to carry off a ‘trial’, without a shred of evidence, against two other Ukrainians: Volodymyr Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov | detail

Visits 830
24.10.2018

Russia uses same methods of persecution against Crimean Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses

The repressive arsenal used by Russia’s FSB in its conveyor belt prosecutions of Ukrainian Muslims in occupied Crimea, as well as in the Russian Federation, is now  emerging in the mounting persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses | detail

Visits 2498
19.10.2018

Kerch massacre was about militarization of Russian-occupied Crimea & aggression, not ‘globalization’ as Putin claims

Putin has claimed that the killing at Kerch Technical College of 21 people, most teenagers, was the result of ‘globalization’. It is a convenient line for him to take, but one rejected by those who have long warned of the dangers of rampant militarization and glorification of war in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 2983
18.10.2018

Russia stops calling the Kerch mass killing terrorism when it can’t blame Ukraine or Crimean Tatars

Russia has now decided that the killing of 18 teenagers and teachers in Kerch was multiple homicide, after officials and the media first claimed that Ukraine was behind the ’terrorism’ or that the believed killer “looked like a Tatar”. | detail

Visits 3541
16.10.2018

Crimean children take oath to serve as friends of the Russian FSB

Schoolchildren from Russian-occupied Kerch and neighbouring areas have taken part in new ceremonies highlighting the dangerous militarization that Russia has brought to Crimea and its attempts to indoctrinate children and young people | detail

Visits 2612
15.10.2018

Threats of prosecution to silence protest over new toxic emissions from Crimean Titanium factory

Amid mounting concern over new toxic emissions from the Crimean Titanium factory in Russian-occupied Armyansk, Kateryna Pyvovar called on other mothers to join her in at the city administration building to demand a meeting with its head, Vasily Telyzhenko.  Within a few hours, police had turned up at her door | detail

Visits 1207
12.10.2018

Russia fights Crimean Solidarity with long prison sentences and shattered childhoods

Said Asanov had always wanted to be an architect when he grew up.  Until October 11, 2017, when his childhood ended with the arrival of masked men brandishing machine guns who took his father away.  Now he plans to become a lawyer “to help people and to defend the innocent” | detail

Visits 1628
11.10.2018

Crimean Tatar political prisoner released under house arrest after likely stroke

65-year-old Asan Chapukh has finally been released from the notorious Simferopol SIZO [remand prison] although only under house arrest, with symptoms that independent doctors believe indicate a stroke | detail

Visits 1029
10.10.2018

Russia seeks to crush Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea for helping resist Russification

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate has faced open attempts to drive it out of Crimea or underground since Russia’s invasion in 2014, and moves now underway to grant Ukraine’s Church autocephaly may intensify repressive measures | detail

Visits 2111
10.10.2018

Russia fakes popular referendum to justify annexing Crimea then bans all peaceful protest

In the first week after Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014, a protester was seen holding a banner with the words: ‘Supporters of Putin!  Under Putin, you won’t speak Russian, you will be SILENT in Russian! Within months, such protests had become inconceivable | detail

Visits 1696
05.10.2018

Oleg Sentsov ends hunger strike in face of imminent force-feeding

Oleg Sentsov has announced that, in the face of imminent commencement of force-feeding, he is ending his hunger strike from 6 October | detail

Visits 1666
05.10.2018

Russia launches Crimean reactors with Siemens gas turbines sold in scam to avoid EU sanctions

Russia has launched the first reactors of two thermal power stations built in occupied Crimea with Siemens gas turbines provided despite European Union sanctions.  The news comes 15 months after it became clear that the turbines had turned up in Crimea, and over three years after Siemens was first directly warned of the planned scam for bypassing sanctions. | detail

Visits 2365
04.10.2018

5-year sentence as reprisal for loyalty to Ukraine in Russian-occupied Crimea

The Russian-controlled ‘High Court’ in Crimea has upheld a second sentence against Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh, shortening the original five-year sentence by only one month.  The month removed could prove theoretical as Balukh has now been on total or partial hunger strike for 200 days, and there are very grave concerns for his life. | detail

Visits 1465
03.10.2018

Sentsov’s condition worsens amid unrelenting brutality to all of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners

Lawyer Dmitry Dinze has confirmed a sharp deterioration in Oleg Sentsov’s condition which almost certainly explained his being taken to hospital on 28 September | detail

Visits 1779
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