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

International attention needed for high-profile criminal investigations going nowhere

KHPG Co-Chair Yevhen Zakharov echoes criticism from a PACE Co-Rapporteur of the Ukrainian authorities’ investigations into high-profile crimes and points to political pressure on the Prosecutor | detail

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Sentences against killers of Gongadze upheld

Three former police officers will serve lengthy terms of imprisonment for carrying out the murder. As stated repeatedly, however, there is absolutely no progress in bringing those who ordered the killing to justice | detail

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PACE committee suggests lines of enquiry for bringing to justice those who ordered murder of Georgiy Gongadze

The investigation into the murder of Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze cannot be considered solved until the “instigators and organisers” are held to account in addition to the actual perpetrators of the crime | detail

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Interim Resolution regarding the European Court of Human Rights judgment in the case of Gongadze against Ukraine

Committee of Ministers expresses concern over the failure in 7 years to find and punish those who ordered the killing of Georgy Gongadze | detail

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Conflicting interests

I would ask Yury Lutsenko and all those calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty to just type in the following words on Google: DNA, wrongful, prison. Or try torture and confession. You’ll read enough arguments to last a lifetime | detail

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Still looking?

The Deputy Prosecutor General rejects claims that his department is stalling the investigation and asserts that the problem is Mykola Melnychenko’s refusal to hand over the originals of his secret tapes of of Leonid Kuchma’s conversations. | detail

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UHHRU Open Letter: On proposals to reinstate the death penalty in Ukraine

On the recent response by Minister of Internal Affairs Yury Lutsenko expressing support for reinstatement of the death penalty for particularly grave crimes against a person, on the Constitutional Court’s conclusion that the death penalty contravenes the Constitution, and on Ukraine’s European choice | detail

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Minimal support for reinstating the death penalty in Ukraine

The Verkhovna Rada has not supported the Communist Party initiative to reintroduce the death penalty. The bill was rejected at its first reading, with only 49 votes in favour | detail

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Melnychenko suspending cooperation with the Prosecutor General

He is ceasing any cooperation until he meets PACE representatives in Strasbourg in April and says that this is connected with his wish for prominent cases to be uncovered as soon as possible. | detail

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Sentences in the Gongadze case: the end of the story?

Politicians can and will give each other guarantees to stay silent on certain issues which one feels happened with the Gongadze case. However the task facing society is to demand justice and a full investigation into all crimes, and especially the most prominent political killing in Ukraine’s post-independence history. | detail

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Вирок у справі Гонгадзе: остання крапка?

Політики можуть і даватимуть одне одному гарантії замовчування певних речей, як це, складається враження, і сталося зі справою Гонгадзе. Але завдання суспільства - вимагати справедливості і повного розслідування всіх злочинів. І особливо – найрезонанснішого політичного вбивства в історії незалежної України | detail

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Gongadze’s killers receive long sentences. And those who ordered his murder?

The Kyiv Court of Appeal has found three former police officers guilty of murdering the journalist Georgy Gongadze and imprisoned them for 12-13 years | detail

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Last hearing in the Gongadze case

Sentences are likely to be passed in the next few days on those accused of killing the journalist, however Myroslava Gongadze’s lawyer rrepeated again today that the investigation into those who ordered the killing remains blocked and is only formally being carried out | detail

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Lesya Gongadze: Try those who ordered my son’s death

Georgy Gongadze’s mother believes that the men presently on trial accused of killing her son are slaves of the system and had to carry out orders that came from above | detail

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For the (dismal) record

The Kyiv Court of Appeal has again adjourned its hearing into the Gongadze case, this time until 11 March. It is the third time that it has been forced to do so due to the same defendant’s complaints of ill-health . | detail

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“Mere pretence of an investigation into who ordered Gongadze’s killing

The lawyer representing Myroslava Gongadze sees no sign of efforts to find those who ordered the journalists’ murder | detail

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Prosecutor wants 12 to 14 years for those accused of killing Georgy Gongadze

The lawyer for the journalist’s widow will be seeking other sentences and believes one of the men to bear greater responsibility | detail

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Family of victim of a miscarriage of justice will receive compensation

All argument is over regarding the compensation of 2 million UAH awarded to the family of Svitlana Zaitseva who died of tuberculosis contracted while serving a sentence for a crime she did not commit | detail

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New charge against the defendants in the Gongadze case

Three men accused of killing the journalist Georgy Gongadze are facing a new charge of causing significant damage to the image of the country and its law enforcement agencies | detail

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Ukrainian women are drinking more and more, and men dying earlier

Average life expectancy for men in Ukraine is 12 years less than for women, and men in rural areas live on average 2 years less than their urban counterparts | detail

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