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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
13.03.2019

Ukraine found in violation of the prohibition of torture over treatment of life prisoners

The European Court of Human Rights has issued a crucial judgement slamming Ukraine’s treatment of people sentenced to life imprisonment and ordering the Ukrainian government to reform a system that gives life prisoners no hope of release | detail

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04.03.2019

The arrest for a child’s murder that sparked anti-Roma riots in Ukraine may be based on faked DNA evidence

Apparently damning ‘evidence’ linking a murdered child with the young Roma man whose arrest for the killing led to appalling riots in the Odesa oblast may have been faked | detail

Visits 828
01.03.2019

Soldier who betrayed Ukraine sentenced to 10 years in Russia for ‘treason’

Dmitry Dolgopolov and his common-law wife Anna Sukhonosova were accused of having gathered secret information for Ukraine’s Military Intelligence, and sentenced to 10 and 9 years, respectively | detail

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26.02.2019

227 judges who persecuted Maidan activists remain in their posts

If post-Maidan hopes of a full overhaul of Ukraine’s judiciary always seemed dangerously optimistic, there was an expectation that judges who had taken part in persecuting Maidan activists would not be able to continue as though nothing had happened | detail

Visits 648
21.02.2019

Russia moves political prisoner Balukh from Crimea in new revenge for Ukrainian Flag

Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh has been moved from a Crimean prison to Russia, with the gruelling journey to Russian Krasnodar likely to be dragged out for up to a month | detail

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08.02.2019

Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia & occupied Crimea jailed for much longer than murderers

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced a man who killed his wife, dismembered her body and threw the parts in different rubbish bins to eight years’ imprisonment, 11 years less than a Crimean Tatar political prisoner imprisoned for his faith | detail

Visits 888
11.01.2019

Russia launches dangerous attack on lawyers defending victims of persecution in occupied Crimea

Russia’s Justice Ministry has demanded that the de facto Crimean Bar Association expel Emil Kurbedinov, with this almost certainly leading to his being stripped of his licence. This is the latest of several attempts to silence Kurbedinov and other courageous lawyers in occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 1354
19.12.2018

Shocking riots against Roma in Odesa oblast sparked by arrest of a man with an alibi

If the forensic medical expert is right, then the young man on trial for the murder of a child that led to shocking anti-Roma riots in the Odesa oblast could not have committed the crime | detail

Visits 753
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 876
08.11.2018

Russia forced to withdraw trumped-up charge against Crimean Tatar activist

In what is almost a first for Russian-occupied Crimea, one of the criminal charges against Crimean Tatar activist, Ismail Ramazanov has been dropped “for want of a crime”. | detail

Visits 674
26.10.2018

Why are Ukrainian legislators willing to see innocent men serve life sentences?

It is 12 years on 26 October since the fatal bomb blast in Lviv which killed 14-year-old Maria Kutsynda and resulted in Volodymyr Panasenko being sentenced to life imprisonment for a crime that nobody ever believed that he had committed.  | detail

Visits 1083
22.08.2018

Judge heavily implicated in persecuting Maidan activists chosen for trial of ex-President Yanukovych

The presiding judge in the trial by absentia of fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych gained notoriety during Euromaidan for knowingly unwarranted rulings against peaceful activists.  Most worryingly, this is probably no oversight, but a quite deliberate choice of judge.    | detail

Visits 1070
25.07.2018

Ukrainian gets double sentence for ‘hostility to Russia’ over annexation of Crimea

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has upheld a shockingly high 8-year sentence on Hennady Lymeshko, a young father from the Kharkiv oblast and one of the ever-increasing number of Ukrainians whom Russia’s FSB forces to ‘confess’ on camera to supposed ‘sabotage plots’. | detail

Visits 1475
26.06.2018

Why is Lutsenko trying to destroy the only department truly investigating Maidan crimes?

Lawyers representing the families of slain Euromaidan activists have warned that current and future investigations into crimes against Maidan activists are in jeopardy with the danger, most frustratingly, coming from Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko. | detail

Visits 1523
18.06.2018

The FSB just can’t get the plot right for its Crimean academic ‘saboteur’ trials

The ‘trial’ in Russian-occupied Crimea of two men arrested 18 months ago in the FSB’s second ‘Ukrainian saboteur’ plot has been delayed because of fatal contradictions between the indictment and evidence | detail

Visits 1109
18.05.2018

The Only Way to Improve Ukraine’s Courts

Right now, not only the future of anticorruption and judicial reforms is at stake. All the country’s other successes depend on whether we get the anticorruption court right this time | detail

Visits 596
20.04.2018

Murder trial but no probe into police inaction during anti-Roma pogrom in Loshchynivka

The court hearing the high-profile trial of a young man accused of the rape and murder of a child has rejected an application to hold the trial behind closed doors. The trial is of public interest because of the anti-Roma pogrom which followed it, and because there are grounds for believing that the defendant is innocent. | detail

Visits 1278
16.04.2018

In Ukraine a life sentence is for life even when you’re innocent

An important European Court of Human Rights ruling has prompted Ukrainian human rights groups to demand a Constitutional Court review of the current lack of real mechanisms for releasing people sentenced to life imprisonment. The move is particularly important given strong grounds in very many cases for believing that life prisoners are either innocent or did not deserve the severe sentence imposed. .  | detail

Visits 1091
22.03.2018

FSB professional ‘denouncers’ used for multiple political trials in occupied Crimea

The regularity with which certain ‘judges’ appear in politically-motivated cases in Russian-occupied Crimea has long been the subject of scrutiny.  Lawyers and journalists have recently identified at least two ‘witnesses’ who seem to be migrating from one political trial to another, and there are multiple cases where the supposed ‘witnesses for the prosecution’ are either people whom the FSB brought with them, or people who signed unread documents under duress.  | detail

Visits 1481
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