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

Court hearing in Pukach trial postponed

The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv where the trials are taking place of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yury Lutsenko has postponed the hearing in the trial of former Police General Oleksy Pukach till 28 July | detail

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One of the three convicted over Gongadze’s murder moved

Valery Kostenko, the only former police officer who fully acknowledged his role in Gongadze’s murder has been moved to a minimum security unit. The lawyer representing Gongadze’s widow finds this entirely lawful and suggests journalists use their energy probing the protracted proceedings against Oleksy Pukach | detail

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Pukach trial to be held behind closed doors

None of the hearings in the trial of former police colonel Oleksy Pukach charged with the murder of Georgy Gongadze will be in an open court | detail

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Kuchma’s lawyers get criminal investigation reopened against Melnychenko

The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv has revoked the decision issued by former Prosecutor General Sviatoslav Piskun in 2005 which terminated the criminal investigation against former Security Guard to ex-President Kuchma, Mykola Melnychenko | detail

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EU Must Act to Stop Police Killings in Ukraine

The EU must push the Ukrainian authorities to adopt the law on national preventive mechanism as soon as possible and provide financial support in setting up the scrutiny mechanism. Otherwise stories like those of Ihor Indylo and others will continue to be all too common | detail

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Ihor Indylo should have turned 21 on 18 May

Meetings have taken place in many parts of Ukraine in memory of a young student who died on the eve of his twentieth birthday, during the night from 17 to 18 May 2010. Ihor Indylo had committed no offence, went voluntarily to the police station. He died from head injuries and haemorrhaging | detail

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Trial of Gongadze murder suspect to continue behind closed doors

According to the lawyer representing Myroslava Gongadze, Valentina Telychenko, the trial of former Police General Oleksiy Pukach is being dragged out and held in closed regime so that the public do not see the indictment | detail

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Prosecutor denies that Ihor Indylo was killed, just “inadequately watched over”

The Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office has officially completed its investigation into the death of Ihor Indylo and is handing the case to the court. Two police officers are charged, but not with Ihor’s death | detail

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Each crime which goes unpunished is a sentence against soceity itself

Victoria Shcherbyna lost her baby and will never walk again after an accident caused by a public official who was speeding. He got off without serving a prison sentence and has never paid any compensation, while she is forced to exist on a pittance | detail

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Charges against Kuchma: Is this about murder – or politics?

The author considers the lightly fallout, and the reasons put forward to explain the decision to charge former President Kuchma over the death of journalist Georgy Gongadze | detail

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Ukraine’s ex-president charged over murder

Prosecutors refused to say, however, whether Mr Kuchma will be accused of ordering the murder of Georgy Gongadze, or with playing an indirect role in his death | detail

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Death in police custody – what needs to be done?

Andriy Chernousov from the Kharkiv Social Research Institute looks at the disturbing statistics for deaths in police custody and at the failings in the present system for investigating the circumstances in each such case | detail

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Gongadze lawyer sees grounds for criminal charges against Kuchma - and politics

Valentyna Telychenko, the lawyer for Myroslava Gongadze believes that the actions of the Prosecutor General’s Office are inconsistent, and are evidence of political influence being brought to bear | detail

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Prosecutor’s Office confirms criminal case against Kuchma

The Deputy Prosecutor General stated on Tuesday that the former President is suspected of complicity in the murder of Gongadze and "unlawful acts against the journalist Podolsky" | detail

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Appeal court upholds removal of contract killing charge in Gongadze case

The Kyiv Court of Appeal on Wednesday left without change the ruling from the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv which on 31 January upheld the Prosecutor General’s decision to remove the charge involving contract killing against Oleksiy Pukach | detail

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CPJ concerned by irregularities in Ukraine’s Gongadze case

The Committee to Protect Journalists has written the following letter to President Yanukovych expressing deep concern over reports of irregularities in the decade-long investigation into the 2000 kidnapping and murder of Internet journalist Georgy Gongadze | detail

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Those behind Georgiy Gongadze’s murder still unpunished 10 years later

Reporters Without Borders has issued a statement expressing frustration over the latest decisions in the investigation that is supposed to establish who was behind the September 2000 murder of Georgiy Gongadze | detail

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Prosecutor’s decision to remove contract killing charge in Gongadze case challenged

The lawyer representing Georgy Gongadze’s widow is asking the Kyiv Court of Appeal to overturn the ruling from the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv and revoke the Prosecutor’s decision | detail

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Court accepts removal of contract killing charge in Gongadze case

The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv has upheld the Prosecutor General’s Office resolution removing the contract killing charge against former police general, Oleksy Pukach with respect to the killing of journalist Georgy Gongadze. | detail

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Never-Ending Story

Myroslava Gongadze is demanding that the Prosecutor General enforces the court ruling asking to see the material regarding the charges against former police general, Oleksy Pukach following the appeal against exclusion of “commissioned killing” from the charges related to the murder of Georgy Gongadze | detail

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