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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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15.07.2016

UN report finds killings on both sides in Donbas, yet misses Russian soldiers

While warning that there must be accountability for all killings, and pointing out that some may constitute war crimes, the UN monitors prefer to ignore substantial evidence of direct engagement by Russian military personnel in the fighting in Donbas and in shelling from military positions in Russia | detail

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08.07.2016

When Abduction Turns to FSB ’Search’ in Russian-occupied Crimea

Did the FSB arrest Crimean Tatar rights activist Emir-Huseyn Kuku because an attempt to abduct him failed? There are serious grounds for thinking this and for yet again asking why the de facto authorities were so reluctant to launch an investigation into the recent abduction of Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov | detail

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08.07.2016

Held Prisoner & Tortured by Kremlin-backed Militants for Wanting to See His Parents

Volodymyr Fomichov has been held prisoner in the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ for over 6 months. He is believed to have been subjected to torture, and there are serious grounds for concern about his physical safety | detail

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01.07.2016

Minority Rights Group: On the situation in Crimea

In order to avoid further escalation of tensions between Crimean Tatars and the de facto authorities, MRG urges the international community to send a strong message to the Russian Federation, emphasizing its obligation to secure the human rights of Crimean Tatars as indigenous people of Crimea | detail

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19.06.2016

Relentless Terror against Crimean Tatars. Where is Ervin Ibragimov? Who will be the next victim?

Crimean Tatars gathered on Sunday evening in prayer for the young Crimean Tatar activist abducted on May 24. The occupation authorities did not, at least, obstruct the gathering, but they have also done nothing to find this latest victim of forced disappearances since Russia’s annexation of Crimea | detail

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17.06.2016

Interpol refuses to search for Russian militant suspected of war crimes in Donbas

It is an undoubted war crime to murder a prisoner of war in cold blood, and the murder of Donetsk Airport defender Ihor Branovytsky is only one of the crimes which Russian national Arseny Pavlov, otherwise known as Motorola, is suspected of having committed in eastern Ukraine, yet Interpol has decided that Ukraine has ’political motives’ in wanting him caught | detail

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04.06.2016

Russia Steps Up Terror with Abduction of Crimean Tatar Activist Ervin Ibragimov

It is 10 days since Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov was abducted from near his home in Bakhchysarai and there are very grave fears for his safety. This is not the first forced disappearance since Russia invaded and annexed Crimea. It will also not be the last while there remains so little international reaction | detail

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26.05.2016

Crimean Tatar World Congress Member Abducted in Occupied Crimea

Ervin Ibragimov, a Crimean delegate to the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, has disappeared and was almost certainly abducted late on May 25 near his home in Bakhchysarai. This is the latest of many abductions and disappearance since Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, and is made especially chilling by the FSB’s refusal to allow his family to report Ervin’s disappearance. | detail

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01.05.2016

Blistering Criticism & Stark Warning 2 Years after Odesa 2 May Tragedy

Members of a civic initiative investigating the tragic disturbances and fire on 2 May 2014 have blasted Ukraine’s law enforcement bodies and leadership over the failed investigation and warn that the situation now is even more dangerous now because of politicians who, for their own political ends, are seeking to destabilize the situation | detail

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28.04.2016

Two Years Later, Kremlin’s Lethal Lies about Odesa Fire Still Motivate Donbas Recruits

48 people lost their lives in the Odesa disturbances and fire on May 2, 2014. How many people have since been killed because of Russia’s use of deliberate lies about the events for warmongering in Donbas can never be known. What is clear, however, is that the number is increasing with no end to the toxic propaganda in sight. | detail

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08.04.2016

Sabotage or Corruption? Crucial suspect in Odesa May 2 tragedy allowed to escape

New sabotage as the second anniversary approaches of the Odesa 2 May disturbances and deadly fire which Russian propaganda tries to claim was a ‘massacre’ | detail

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27.03.2016

Why murder the lawyer of captured Russian military intelligence officers?

The brutal murder of Yury Hrabovsky, the lawyer representing one of two believed Russian GRU officers captured in 2015 in Donbas, came at a time when the men’s exchange for Ukrainians held prisoner in Russia was being openly discussed. While it is widely assumed that his murder is linked with the case, it is less clear who is behind it. | detail

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23.03.2016

Russian Journalists Sent to Be Killed

Russia’s use of the death of two journalists for its high-profile trial in Russia of Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian military pilot captured in Ukraine seems particularly cynical given the total silence over the deaths of other Russian journalists, including one who was almost certainly deliberately sent to his death. | detail

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23.03.2016

Body Of Ukrainian Reporter Gongadze Finally Buried

The body of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze has been buried in Kyiv, nearly 16 years after his killing, but family and friends say their fight for justice is not over. | detail

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14.03.2016

Russian Lawyer demands Russia investigate Kremlin-backed militant leader’s war crimes in Donbas

Following the public admission by Igor Girkin [Strelkov] that he ordered extrajudicial killings during his period as military leader of the Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas, a St Petersburg lawyer has demanded that Russia initiates criminal proceedings against Girkin for committing what are undoubtedly war crimes in eastern Ukraine. | detail

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11.03.2016

Body found of young woman believed abducted by Kremlin-backed militants

The body has been found of 17-year-old Iryna Yermakova from Horlivka who disappeared in December last year. There are strong grounds for believing that she was abducted by members of the Troy gang of Kremlin-backed militants, but little, if any hope, of a real investigation with Horlivka now within the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DNR]. | detail

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04.03.2016

Reshat Ametov, Slain Symbol of Struggle Against Russian Invasion of Crimea

It is two years since 39-year-old Reshat Ametov came out in silent protest against the Russian soldiers who had seized control in his native Crimea. The Crimean Tatar father of three was abducted by pro-Russian paramilitaries and tortured to death | detail

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18.02.2016

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General shelves vital Odesa 2 May investigation

Ukraine’s top law enforcement officials may not be trying to help ongoing efforts to spread lies about a non-existent ‘Odesa massacre’, but they are achieving this by stymieing a proper investigation into the deadly disturbances and fire in Odesa on May 2, 2014 | detail

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15.02.2016

Donbas militants could sentence Ukrainian hostages to death for ’spying’

The first official ‘death penalty’ in the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [‘DNR’] was announced on Feb 12, following new seizures of civilians, such as 60-year-old academic Ihor Kozlovsky and assertions that the Kremlin-backed militants are not holding hostages, only people accused of ‘crimes’ who could face the death penalty | detail

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