Strasbourg to judge on imprisonment for cutting Yanukovych’s name off a wreath

65-year-old Halyna Shvydka was jailed for 10 days after she cut the President’s name off a wreath to the poet Taras Shevchenko. | detail

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New arrest fears for Severodonetsk civic activist Rimma Bilotserkivska

This is the second time this year that the same judge has tried to get the civic activist remanded in custody over a rather questionable case dating back 5 years The first time the Prosecutor intervened. | detail

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Questionable “witness” in the Olaola Femi trial

A taxi driver has suddenly appeared as "witness" in this case a year after the events in question. Both the defendant and the key witness are adamant that he was not the taxi driver who brought them home | detail

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The Olaola Femi Case: Free Hand to Skinheads?

Oleh Levytsky, UHHRU lawyer says that if Olaola Femi, arrested after defending himself against a group of assailants, is found guilty, then the case will need to be taken to the European Court of Human Rights | detail

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One year on, still imprisoned for defending himself

It is exactly a year that Olaola Sunkami Femi, a 26-year-old Nigerian student has been held in a Ukrainian SIZO or remand prison. He is charged with trying to kill some inebriated young people who attacked him in the entrance to his apartment block on 5 November 2011 | detail

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Concerns over new law on security guards

The law which extends the powers of private security guards with regard to use of force and special means has been strongly criticized by human rights workers. | detail

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Self-Defence is No Offence!

Olaola Sunkami Femi has spent more than 9 months in a Ukrrainian SIZO despite clear evidence that he only defended himself when attacked by a group of drunk and racist louts | detail

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Famous accordion-player remanded for another month

Ihor Zavadsky’s lawyer says that her client is becoming blind while held in custody. Yevhenia Zakrevskaya says that although the police have completed their investigation, neither the accused nor his defence have been given the file material. | detail

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It’s criminals who should be in prison, not their victims!

This was the message from the 50 members of the Nigerian community and Ukrainian civic activists who gathered outside the Luhansk SIZO [pre-trial detention centre] on 2 June to pass on birthday wishes to Olaola Sunkami Femi | detail

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Nigerian held in detention for 6 months after being attacked

On 9 April a protest was held outside the Leninsky District Court in Luhansk demanding the release of Olaola Sunkami Femi, who is accused of trying to kill 5 people who attacked him in the entrance to his apartment block on 5 November 2011. | detail

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West’s credibility at stake if Avakov is extradited to Ukraine

The charges against the former Governor and popular opposition politician in Kharkiv are ominously reminiscent of those against Tymoshenko, former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko and others. Doubts as to the fairness of any trial in Ukraine would seem equally warranted | detail

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Tax Code protester asks for political asylum in European country

Serhiy Kostakov, who spent seven and a half months in custody from December 2010 charged with blocking the road and damaging a car during the mass peaceful protest against the new Tax Code in November 2010, is presently in a European country where he has asked for asylum | detail

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Yakiv Strogan trial clearly being dragged out

Yakiv Strogan has now been held in custody for almost 14 months in a case creating a number of highly dangerous precedents, and with clear signs of being aimed at warning people against speaking out against police torture | detail

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Kharkiv court awards damages for wrongful detention

The court awarded 50 thousand UAH in compensation for unlawful detention; the use of handcuffs; failure to inform relatives of the detention; unlawful investigative operations and delay in bringing the claimant to court | detail

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Karpachova slams continued existence of SBU detention unit

There is no justification for the unlawful existence of this SIZO which, according to commitments made to the Council of Europe before Ukraine joined, was de jure closed in 2003 | detail

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Tax Code Protest Activist remains in custody

There were protests on Sunday outside the Kyiv police temporary holding unit where Vitaly Gruzynov has been held for four days without a court order. He is one of 7 activists accused of damaging the granite stone on Kyiv’s Independence Square during the peaceful protest by small business owners against the new Tax Code | detail

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Stop the political persecution!

January 2011 saw a wave of detentions, searches, interrogations of members of the organizations VO Svoboda [the Freedom Party], V.O. Tryzub and other similar organizations | detail

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Editor of a newspaper uncovering lawlessness of officials disappears

Vasyl Klimentyev’s colleagues believe it possible that he was abducted due to critical articles in the newspaper, which specializes in journalist investigations. Most worrying is that the police have already initiated a homicide investigation | detail

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Belarusian national wins case in Strasbourg against Ukraine

This is only one of many cases where people have been held in detention, sometimes for much longer periods, because of faults in Ukrainian procedure and legislation on extradition | detail

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Donetsk Police accustomed to beating detainees

The Instructions on carrying out internal investigations state that if a law enforcement officer involved in the case does not wish to testify, he doesn’t have to which is the point at which all internal investigations end | detail

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