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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
06.03.2020

6 years of Russian aggression and war criminals whom Ukraine cannot prosecute

? Ukrainian human rights groups and former hostages with chilling stories of torture and other crimes are calling on Ukrainian MPs to adopt a draft law No. 2689 that can put an end to virtual impunity for war criminals. | detail

Visits 2097
03.02.2020

Letter from the Registrar of ECtHR to the Government’s Agent before the ECtHR

We are publishing a letter from the Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Roderick Liddell, in response to a request from the Government’s Agent before the ECtHR, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine Ivan Lishchyna. This letter was declassified by the ECtHR and received at the request of a lawyer. | detail

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03.02.2020

The New Trial: Kafkaesque Punishment for Cooperation with the ECtHR

By Prof Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou (University of Liverpool), Editor-in-Chief of the European Convention on Human Rights Law Review. | detail

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19.12.2019

Dictatorship law that could force Poland out of the EU brings thousands out in protest

Thousands of Polish citizens in 160 cities took to the streets on Wednesday evening to protest against a draft law aimed at crushing judicial independence in Poland and at silencing and / or punishing judges | detail

Visits 1937
12.09.2019

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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06.06.2019

How many victims needed for Ukraine to finally prosecute for war crimes?

In the sixth year since Russia’s invasion of Crimea and military aggression in Donbas, Ukraine’s legislation can still not adequately punish perpetrators of horrific crimes against humanity and war crimes | detail

Visits 2183
08.04.2019

European Court of Human Rights demands answers from Russia over downing of MH17 over Ukraine

The European Court of Human Rights has requested answers from the Russian Government in connection with two claims brought against Russia over the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 over militant-controlled parts of Donbas on 17 July 2014 | detail

Visits 2303
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 5454
15.08.2018

Ukraine takes Russia to European Court of Human Rights over 71 Kremlin hostages

Ukraine has lodged a vital inter-state application with the European Court of Human Rights over Russia’s persecution of 71 Ukrainians illegally held prisoner in Russia or occupied Crimea.  It is the sixth inter-state application filed against Russia since its invasion of Crimea in early 2014, but the first to specifically address Russia’s ever increasing number of Ukrainian political prisoners, and the abductions, torture and other human rights violations committed against them and other Ukrainian | detail

Visits 5305
30.03.2018

Ukraine to seek arrest of Russian planes abroad for flying to Crimea

Ukraine is fed up with Russian airlines not paying the 5 billion UAH they owe for illegal flights to Crimea & plan to seek the arrest of the planes when they land in other countries. While hurdles are inevitable, the move will raise important – and uncomfortable – questions about appropriate measures against brazen violations of international law and sanctions. | detail

Visits 4806
20.02.2018

Russia’s barbaric destruction of 16th century Crimean Tatar Khan’s Palace challenged in court

A legal suit has been lodged to try to stop the so-called ‘restoration’ of the world-renowned Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai which is destroying a world-renowned monument of Crimean Tatar heritage. | detail

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10.01.2018

Russia is destroying 16th Century Crimean Tatar Khan’s Palace in occupied Crimea

There are compelling grounds for fearing that Russia’s so-called ‘restoration work’ on the world-renowned Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai could forever destroy this vital monument of Crimean Tatar cultural heritage.  While Russia is denying the accusations, photos smuggled out of the site are alarming, as is the lack of any experience in restoration work of the construction company and Moscow architectural firm commissioned to carry out the work. | detail

Visits 29423
07.12.2017

New law proposing to give politicians control over anti-corruption agencies withdrawn after protest?

A bill just tabled in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada but hopefully withdrawn after international outrage proposed to allow parliament to dismiss the heads of independent anti-corruption agencies, whose scope includes investigating corruption by those same politicians.  | detail

Visits 2878
03.04.2017

Russia taken to human rights court over ban on Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Russia’s ban on the Crimean Tatar Mejlis [representative assembly] has been formally challenged at the European Court of Human Rights, with the Mejlis represented by prominent Ukrainian and Russian human rights groups and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre [EHRAC]. | detail

Visits 4089
17.03.2017

European Parliament demands Russia release Ukrainian hostages, slams human rights abuse in occupied Crimea

An overwhelming majority of European parliamentarians have endorsed a hard-hitting Resolution condemning Russia’s occupation and repressive measures in occupied Crimea. The MEPs call for the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners held illegally in occupied Crimea and Russia, and stress that Russia has no right to be applying its legislation on occupied territory. | detail

Visits 14678
13.03.2017

Human Rights Court judgment confirms violation by Russia of Crimean political prisoners’ rights

The European Court of Human Rights has issued an important judgment with direct relevance to Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, and many other Ukrainians from occupied Crimea imprisoned huge distances away from their homes. | detail

Visits 7595
07.03.2017

Russia in the Hague accused of terror & discrimination in Crimea & funding terrorism in Donbas

On the first day of hearings into its case against Russia at the International Court of Justice, Ukraine presented a weight of arguments and examples to back its accusations against Russia over its annexation of Crimea and gross violations of human rights under occupation, and for its financing of terrorism in Donbas | detail

Visits 8767
26.01.2017

EU Court confirms Russian military involvement in Donbas & upholds sanctions

The General Court of the European Union has rejected an appeal against the continuation of the sanctions imposed against a Russian state-owned anti-aircraft missile producer which has been actively surplying missile launchers and other weaponry used in the military conflict in Donbas | detail

Visits 4981
13.09.2016

260 foreign ships identified as in breach of international law for entering Crimea

Black Sea News, together with the monitoring group of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs, have published a blacklist of 260 foreign ships that entered Crimea since Russia’s invasion and annexation up till August 15, 2016. | detail

Visits 2947
19.07.2016

Genuine Investigations and Prosecutions for Increasing Crimes Committed in Eastern Ukraine Urgently Needed

Paris-Kharkiv, 19 July 2016. After a three-day seminar on documenting human rights violations held for Ukrainian lawyers and human rights defenders in Kharkiv from 4 to 6 July 2016, our organisations express their concern on the prevalent climate of impunity for crimes committed since the beginning of the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. | detail

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