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28.02.2017

Why do Ukrainian MPs want to prove that Ukraine is just like Russia?

The same Ukrainian MPs who rightly call for sanctions against those police, prosecutors and judges in Russia implicated in the torture and fabricated prosecutions of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and many other Ukrainians are silent about the injustice against other Ukrainians closer to home. | detail

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17.02.2017

Russia has more than torture to hide in FSB’s ‘Ukrainian Crimea Saboteur Plot’

It is increasingly evident that the FSB have a great deal to conceal, including indications that the victims of its ‘Crimean saboteur’ plot were selected in advance and enticed into a trap . | detail

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09.02.2017

Who needs witnesses of Russian war crimes in Donbas eliminated?

The violent killing of Mikhail Tolstykh or ‘Givi’, one of the most identifiable militants involved in the Kremlin-backed fighting in Donbas was predictably, but not very credibly, attributed by the militant leadership to Ukrainian military saboteurs. | detail

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30.01.2017

Donald Trump should ask Putin’s Ukrainian hostages how torture ‘works’

US President Donald Trump’s assertion in a recent interview that torture ‘works’ was shocking for several reasons, but it was also wrong. Most people, subjected to enough pain, will provide any answer to stop the torture. This is precisely why Russia’s FSB has systematically used such methods to imprison Ukrainian hostages. | detail

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17.01.2017

Ukrainian rights groups unite to fight torture amid dangerous escalation in Donbas

While the use of torture by the police in areas not directly affected by the military conflict appears to have decreased, the scale of abuse and major rights violations in Russian-occupied Crimea and in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts has increased alarmingly since the military conflict began in 2014 | detail

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20.12.2016

Russian prison staff on trial after 16-year-old Ukrainian tortured to death

Vitaly Pop was just 16 when he died of horrific injuries inflicted by Russian prison staff following his arrival in a ‘corrective prison’ for young offenders. He was probably picked out for ‘special treatment’ because of his Ukrainian accent, and his torturers used nationality-linked words of abuse while beating him | detail

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15.12.2016

Ukrainian hostages savagely tortured for ‘Crimea saboteur confessions’ fight back

Two Ukrainians seized by Russia’s FSB and accused of a ‘Crimean sabotage’ plot have lodged formal complaints with Russia’s Investigative Committee. Both allege savage forms of torture applied by the FSB to extract ‘confessions’ and demand proper investigations | detail

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21.10.2016

Tortured & Almost Certainly Innocent Ukrainian Life Prisoner Dies Without Justice

Oleksandr Rafalsky has died in a Ukrainian prison, let down to the end by Ukraine’s justice system and by the leaders who came to power following Euromaidan. He had spent 15 years in prison despite the lack of any evidence or motive to justify his life sentence and serious grounds for believing that any confessions in the case had been extracted through torture. | detail

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14.10.2016

Maimed Ukrainian hostage interrogated by Russian FSB while in Kremlin-backed militant captivity

Vladimir Zhemchugov is now free and able to tell his story – that of a man defending his country. His testimony provides vital information about resistance to Kremlin-backed militants in the Luhansk oblast, as well as confirmation of the direct involvement by the Russian FSB and military in the conflict. | detail

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17.09.2016

Maimed Ukrainian Hostage Finally Exchanged by Kremlin-Backed Militants

After several promised exchanges fell through, Volodymyr Zhemchugov, who has been held for almost a year, blinded, maimed and in a terrible state, has finally been released as part of an exchange of two hostages for four supporters of the Donbas militants held by Ukraine’s SBU | detail

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14.09.2016

FSB Torture & Fake Lawyers Rule in Russian-occupied Crimea

More details have emerged of torture methods used to obtain videoed ‘confessions’ from Ukrainians Russia is holding incommunicado and accusing of ‘sabotage’ in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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22.08.2016

Grave Fears for Crimean Tatar leader in Psychiatric Clinic for Saying Russia must Leave Crimea

There has been a sharp deterioration in the health of 59-year-old Ilmi Umerov who has been forcibly placed in a psychiatric clinic in Russian-occupied Crimea despite the lack of any grounds for the criminal charges Russia has brought against him, or for the supposed ‘psychiatric assessment’. | detail

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20.08.2016

Russia denies alleged ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ access to a lawyer

With nothing to confirm Russia’s claims of Ukrainian ‘attacks’ in Russian-occupied Crimea except televised ‘confessions’, it is highly suspicious that the FSB are trying to prevent Yevhen Panov from seeing a proper lawyer. | detail

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19.08.2016

Ukrainian civic activist tortured & ‘sentenced’ by Donbas Kremlin-backed militants

23-year-old Volodymyr Fomichov was taken hostage by Kremlin-backed militants from the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ over 7 months ago when he tried to visit his family in Makiyivka for New Year. He has now been ‘tried’ by the militants and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. | detail

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12.08.2016

“Saboteur’ or tortured victim of Russia’s ’Ukrainian state terrorism’ hysteria shown on TV

The threatened Russian ‘response’ to alleged ‘attacks’ by Ukraine on Russian-occupied Crimea has not included answers to very basic questions, with the Russians supposedly killed remaining unnamed, together with almost all the alleged ’saboteurs’. One, however, in a format Russia has used since 2014, has now ’confessed’ on state-controlled Russian TV | detail

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28.07.2016

Impunity in Ukraine in the assessment of western human rights activists

On the positive features and failings of the report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch | detail

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20.07.2016

A brief description of KHPG strategic litigations in the first half of 2016

Description of cases that KHPG Strategic Litigation Center considered in the period January - June of 2016. | detail

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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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05.07.2016

Forced to hunger strike in search of justice for their sons

Oleksandr Rafalsky has spent 15 years in Ukrainian prisons and faces dying there unless Ukraine finally acknowledges that a grave miscarriage of justice has been committed. In desperation, his mother, together with the relatives of other life prisoners, are planning a hunger strike vigil outside parliament. | detail

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