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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

Visits 3451
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

Visits 1247
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

Visits 1878
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

Visits 2207
04.07.2016

Maxim Orlov - zero evidence but sentenced to life for good statistics

A young man is serving a life sentence, another 12 years for a crime that almost certainly neither had anything to do with. The police and prosecutor needed to find somebody to be able to say they’d ‘solved’ the crime, and the younger proved ‘malleable’ | detail

Visits 2369
01.07.2016

Ukraine’s MPs block last chance of justice for tortured Ukrainian prisoners

Long prison sentences based solely on ‘confessions’ tortured out of people. Prosecutors who demand long sentences and judges who oblige despite all evidence pointing to the defendant’s innocence. If this sounds familiar, it should, but not only because of Russia’s treatment of its Ukrainian hostages over the last two years. | detail

Visits 3391
22.06.2016

Kremlin-backed militants refuse to release hostages of Putin’s Minsk II deceit

Any talk about easing sanctions against Russia for partial compliance must seem particularly insulting to the wives of two Ukrainian military officers - Oleksandr Korinkov and Serhiy Glondar - taken prisoner during the siege of Debaltseve in February 2015, four days after a supposed ceasefire agreed by Vladimir Putin in Minsk | detail

Visits 2329
03.06.2016

Kremlin-backed militants to put maimed and tortured hostage on ‘trial’

Instead of releasing Vladimir Zhemchugov, the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ has charged him with ’sabotage’ and put him in prison, which, in his state, could kill him. This is the latest example of a disturbing trend where the Kremlin-backed militants claim that all its hostages are ‘criminals’. | detail

Visits 3869
27.05.2016

Outrage as the Security Service shames Ukraine by blocking torture monitors

The news that UN anti-torture monitors had been forced to suspend a visit to Ukraine due to obstruction from Ukraine’s SBU [Security Service] has elicited outrage and consternation. The feeble excuses issued only compound the suspicion that the SBU has a lot to hide. | detail

Visits 3057
26.05.2016

UN torture prevention body suspends Ukraine visit citing obstruction

The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has suspended its visit to Ukraine after being denied access to places in several parts of the country where it suspects people are being deprived of their liberty by the Security Service of Ukraine, the SBU. | detail

Visits 1506
20.05.2016

Tortured Ukrainian ‘Sentenced’ by Kremlin-backed militants to 30 years

A Ukrainian volunteer fighter from Makiyivka who is on Ukraine’s list for exchange has been ‘sentenced’ to 30 years in the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DNR]. The Kremlin-backed militants have ‘convicted’ Yevhen Chudnetsov of “an attempt to violently seize power on the republic’s territory”. | detail

Visits 4685
13.04.2016

Torture & Mock Executions for Praying for Ukraine

Pastor Oleksandr Khomchenko from Donetsk was tortured by Kremlin-backed militants who staged three fake executions by firing squad. He was probably not killed because of the likely publicity, but saw other prisoners being killed and a pit with bodies | detail

Visits 3880
02.03.2016

Crimean Maidan activist’s insane conviction upheld, sentence reduced

Oleksandr Kostenko, a recognized political prisoner, is in prison in Russia where his lawyer says that he is still being deprived of badly needed medical care, including for his arm broken during torture by FSB officers | detail

Visits 1919
28.02.2016

A brief description of KHPG strategic litigations for 2015

A brief description of 264 cases of the KHPG Strategic Litigations Center is given | detail

Visits 2186
23.02.2016

Poklonskaya goes after brother of Crimean political prisoner Oleksandr Kostenko

Yevhen Kostenko is facing criminal charges for allegedly ‘insulting’ the judge involved in the surreal trial in Russian-occupied Crimea of his brother on charges over which Russia has no jurisdiction. | detail

Visits 2287
17.02.2016

Russian militant videoed beating Donbas resident to death

Pro-Russian militants, aggrieved at bloody killings allegedly ordered by militant leader Alexander Zakharchenko, have posted a harrowing video of a Ukrainian being savagely tortured by a Russian mercenary | detail

Visits 8748
17.02.2016

Kharkiv woman awarded huge damages for police torture

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Ukraine to pay Svitlana Pomilyayko 20 thousand EUR in damages after accepting that she had been subjected to torture while in police custody, and that the authorities had failed to properly investigate her complaints. | detail

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