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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
13.09.2019

Russia treats imprisoned Crimean Tatar activists like victims of the 1944 Deportation

Two of the Crimean Solidarity activists whom Russia arrested on 27 March and quickly moved out of occupied Crimea have been brought back to Simferopol, and are being held in conditions that amount to torture | detail

Visits 734
31.08.2019

Anger over acquittal of ex-Berkut officer charged with torturing Maidan activists

The prosecutors have said they will certainly appeal against the acquittal of Andriy Khandrykin, a former Kharkiv Berkut officer and, seemingly, a current police officer, who was accused of torturing two Euromaidan activists | detail

Visits 962
07.05.2019

Russia’s FSB given carte blanche to silence allegations of torture

With virtually no allegations made by Ukrainian political prisoners of FSB torture having ever been properly investigated, the prospect of newspapers being prevented from even reporting such accusations is terrifying | detail

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30.04.2019

Disabled and gravely ill Crimean Tatar political prisoner denied medication

There is no reason for Edem Bekirov to be held in detention in Russian-occupied Crimea, and no justification for killing him through brutal treatment yet this is exactly what the Russian occupation regime seems intent on doing | detail

Visits 1161
16.04.2019

Effective torture of Crimean Tatar & other Ukrainian political prisoners in Russian detention

Human excrement dripping from leaking sewage pipes, cells in which political prisoners are held with men suffering from tuberculosis or AIDS, and solitary confinement for lying down after being refused treatment for acute pain | detail

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11.04.2019

Convictions demanded in Russia’s most cynical and tragic attack on elderly Crimean Tatars

The ‘prosecution’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has demanded suspended sentences for four respected members of the Crimean Tatar community after a farcical ‘trial’ that would have been comical had the FSB not already caused one death, and effectively tortured two of the ‘defendants’ | detail

Visits 713
14.02.2019

Assessment of the activity of the National Police of Ukraine by polling public opinion (summary of the national report)

The research was conducted by the Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches under a joint project with the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group “Fight against torture, ill-treatment and impunity in Ukraine” with the support of the European Union. | detail

Visits 629
14.12.2018

10 Ukrainians imprisoned for murders committed by serial killer

Sergei Tkach may have raped and killed over 100 young girls over 25 years, escaping capture because at least ten other men had been tortured into ‘confessing’ to individual crimes. Other Ukrainians are serving life sentences for other people’s crimes, with Ukraine’s legislators in no hurry to do anything about it. | detail

Visits 1884
15.11.2018

US places savage Russian FSB torturer of Crimean Tatar activist on sanctions list

Andriy Sushko, a Ukrainian turncoat now working for the Russian FSB in occupied Crimea has been added to the United States’ sanctions list for his role in the abduction and savage torture of Rinat Paralamov in September 2017 | detail

Visits 1292
14.11.2018

Crimean Tatar human rights activist sentenced to 4 years after complaining of torture by Russian FSB

Yunus Masharipov, a 54-year-old Crimean Tatar activist from Yalta, alleged soon after his arrest that multiple versions of a ‘confession’ had been tortured out of him after he admitted to having reported human rights violations in occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 1251
16.09.2018

Lawyer prevented from seeing Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh after reports he was beaten

The report that Volodymyr Balukh is in severe pain after being beaten in prison has not been confirmed or refuted, but only because both his lawyer and Archbishop Kliment, his civic defender, were prevented from visiting him on 15 September. | detail

Visits 1784
23.08.2018

Ukrainian abducted for FSB attempt to discredit Crimean Tatar Mejlis jailed for two years

Oleksandr Steshenko was sentenced on charges that are once again unrelated to his televised ‘confession which was an overt attempt to discredit the leaders of the Mejlis, or self-governing body, of the Crimean Tatar people and given after Steshenko had been abducted and held incommunicado for a month.  | detail

Visits 1084
26.07.2018

Russia tackled at the UN over torture in occupied Crimea

Russia’s presentation of its 6th Periodic Report to the UN Committee against Torture is taking place this year with the enforced involvement of Ukrainian human rights NGOs, who have presented a devastating ‘alternative report’ on Russia’s use of torture in occupied Crimea. | detail

Visits 1875
13.07.2018

Defiant cries of ‘Glory to Ukraine!’ as Russia sentences Panov to 8 years for exposing ‘Crimean saboteur’ scam

Yevhen Panov has been sentenced to eight years in Russian-occupied Crimea on ‘sabotage’ charges for which there is not a scrap of evidence.  The sentence was met with cries of “Glory to Ukraine” from Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian activists who had come to show support, an act of no small courage under Russian occupation | detail

Visits 2111
11.07.2018

FSB torture Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev’s family driver

Akhtem Mustafaev has fled to mainland Ukraine a week after his ‘interrogation’ and alleged torture by the Russian FSB in occupied Crimea.  The FSB’s interest is almost  certainly linked solely with Mustafaev’s connection to veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, and only strengthens the suspicion that a recently announced criminal prosecution is an attempt to discredit the Mejlis, or self-governing body, of the Crimean Tatar people and respected Crimean Tatar leaders..  | detail

Visits 2378
10.07.2018

10-year sentence demanded in FSB’s fantasy ‘Ukrainian Crimea sabotage’ plot

The de facto prosecutor in Russian-occupied Crimea has demanded that Yevhen Panov be sentenced to ten and a half years’ imprisonment despite the lack of any evidence that there ever was a Crimean saboteur plot which he is supposed to have organized | detail

Visits 1508
09.07.2018

Criminal charges against Crimean Tatar who refused to be silent about savage FSB torture

The de facto military prosecutor in Russian-occupied Crimea has refused to initiate criminal proceedings against the FSB officers who abducted and tortured 31-year-old Crimean Tatar Rinat Paralamov.  Two criminal investigations have, however, been launched against the victim who refused to remain silent about the FSB’s treatment of him | detail

Visits 1761
07.06.2018

Ukraine’s new Human Rights Ombudsman is placing fight against torture in jeopardy

A vital mechanism for preventing torture and ill-treatment in Ukrainian places of confinement is in danger, with human rights organizations placing the blame with the new, controversially elected, Human Rights Ombudsman Ludmila Denisova | detail

Visits 1228
06.06.2018

Ukrainian political prisoner faces huge sentence for not ‘confessing’ to Russian FSB ‘Crimea sabotage’ plot

Russia’s FSB are most brutal with those political prisoners who refuse, even under torture and threats, to ‘confess’ to non-existent crimes. This was seen with Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and Yevhen Panov has been threatened with the same 20-year sentence | detail

Visits 1473
04.06.2018

Crimean Tatar beaten so he couldn’t stand in court & jailed for alleged comments about Russians

Ismail Ramazanov remains imprisoned five months after he brutally beaten up by FSB and other enforcement officers in Russian-occupied Crimea who demanded he ‘confess’ to non-existent crimes | detail

Visits 1935
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