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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

Visits 3820
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

Visits 3266
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

Visits 4221
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

Visits 4406
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

Visits 5513
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

Visits 2520
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 3609
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

Visits 4550
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

Visits 1362
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 1376
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 1993
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 2318
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 2477
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 3512
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 2426
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 4034
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 3137
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 1573
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 4833
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 4008
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