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05.10.2017

Poroshenko must veto law that will terminate most investigations into Maidan crimes & corruption

If Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs a law just passed by the Verkhovna Rada, the Special Investigations Department will be forced to terminate all investigations into unsolved crimes committed during Euromaidan, however serious.  The adopted amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code [CPC] would have similar consequences for corruption and other criminal investigations, including that hanging over Andriy Lozovy, the MP who proposed the amendment.  | detail

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03.10.2017

Prison sentence for Ukrainian flag in Russian occupied Crimea revoked

The High Court in Russian-occupied Crimea has balked at the scale of falsification in the conviction and 3.7 year sentence passed on Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh and ordered a retrial.  46-year-old Balukh, however, remains in custody ten months after his arrest on openly fabricated charges | detail

Visits 1970
19.09.2017

Dramatic Acquittals in Trial over Odesa 2 May 2014 Riots

There were violent scenes in Odesa on Monday evening following the sensational acquittal of 20 pro-Russian activists who had been charged over the fatal disturbances in Odesa on May 2, 2014.  The outrage from some quarters, and the prosecutor’s stated intention to appeal the ruling cannot hide the brutal truth that a guilty verdict, given the charges laid, would have been a travesty of justice | detail

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15.09.2017

New law on judicial reform could return Ukraine to secretive court proceedings

The changes, proposed by President Poroshenko, would be a serious step backwards away from the greater court transparency achieved since Maidan | detail

Visits 1038
14.09.2017

Witty Protest Highlights Critical Choice for Ukraine - Supreme Court Judges or Monsters in Judge’s Robes

Ukrainian civic activists staged a clever protest action in Kyiv on September 13 in a final attempt to prevent 30 judges who received negative assessments from the Public Integrity Council from being appointed to the Supreme Court | detail

Visits 1751
25.08.2017

Court quashes 13-year sentence, orders retrial of Brazilian for fighting with Russian-backed Donbas militants

The Kyiv Court of Appeal has revoked the conviction of Rafael Lusvarghi , a Brazilian national who played an active role in the Kremlin-backed fighting against Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas | detail

Visits 2677
02.08.2017

Final plea to not appoint discredited judges to Ukraine’s Supreme Court

Civic organizations are warning that there can be no hope of real reform of the Supreme Court if the results announced by the High Qualification Commission of Judges for Ukraine’s first ever competition for 120 Supreme Court judges are accepted | detail

Visits 577
28.07.2017

25% of the new Supreme Court judges received negative assessments

The results of Ukraine’s first competition for Supreme Court judges are in. While some appointments are certainly welcome, like that of human rights lawyer Arkadiy Bushchenko, others, like the judge who sentenced Volodymyr Panasenko to life imprisonment for a crime nobody believed he had committed, are immensely frustrating. | detail

Visits 1552
24.07.2017

Public Integrity Council negative opinions should be grounds for disqualifying Supreme Court candidates

The High Qualification Commission of Judges (HQCJ) has finished its consideration of opinions of the Public Integrity Council (PIC) on candidates’ non-compliance with criteria of integrity and professional ethic | detail

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10.07.2017

Defender of dictatorship laws set for judge post in Ukraine’s Supreme Court ‘reform’

In yet another move discrediting the much-trumpeted reform of Ukraine’s Supreme Court, the High Qualification Commission of Judges has overcome the civic veto imposed on the appointment of Yaroslav Romanyuk to one of the judges’ posts vacant. | detail

Visits 2666
04.07.2017

Ukraine’s prosecutor investigates journalist, not the corrupt judges he exposed

Two years after a journalist investigation found evidence that certain Kyiv judges had ‘issued court rulings’ from their holiday spots abroad, the alleged probe into the judges’ behaviour has been quietly shelved, unlike the criminal investigation involving the Slidstvo.info journalist, Dmytro Hnap | detail

Visits 2388
12.06.2017

Judicial reform: don’t make a fool of us

We were promised a judicial reform. It was promised by President Poroshenko – the author of laws, by the representatives of the parliamentary coalition who voted for those laws, by the Ministry of Justice. | detail

Visits 767
07.06.2017

Dodgy life sentence proves no impediment for Ukraine Supreme Court judge vacancy

Ukraine’s first competition for Supreme Court judges is coming to a close, and, as feared, the selection commission has already overridden the Public Integrity Council’s very serious objections to a number of candidates, including one of the judges who sentenced Volodymyr Panasenko to life for a crime he almost certainly did not commit. | detail

Visits 2217
06.06.2017

For Dignity and Human Rights in Ukraine

Public statement of the legal aid system team on violation of basic principles during the competition for the position of the Director of the Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Provision | detail

Visits 830
05.06.2017

Civic Outrage in Ukraine as Justice Ministry Rigs Vital Competition

Ukraine’s main association of lawyers and different civic organizations have sounded the alarm over a supposed competition which, they believe, was heavily slanted to get the result wanted by the Justice Ministry - namely the appointment of a Deputy Minister of Justice | detail

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02.06.2017

Prophylactic FSB ‘Ukrainian saboteur’ charges in Russian-occupied Crimea

There are chilling indications that a well-known academic arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea on wildly implausible ‘diversion and sabotage’ charges and prevented from seeing an independent lawyer has been pressured into ‘admitting guilt’, enabling a court trial without any proof being required. | detail

Visits 3088
31.05.2017

Your Dishonour as title for many judges in failed Ukraine Supreme Court reform?

Ukraine’s first-ever ‘open competition’ for vacant Supreme Court judge posts is in danger of turning into farce. The Commission which chooses successful candidates has ignored 80% of the negative assessments issued by the Public Integrity Council and is rejecting calls for vitally needed transparency | detail

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26.05.2017

Russia afraid to call key defence witness in political trial of Crimean Tatar leader

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has rejected the defence’s application for Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Refat Chubarov to give testimony in the ongoing ‘trial’ of Chubarov’s Deputy, Akhtem Chiygoz. | detail

Visits 3247
22.05.2017

Fake ‘Ukrainian fascist’ jailed for pro-Russian separatist rally

A court in the Kherson oblast has passed sentence on Edward Kovalenko, a Ukrainian whose involvement in fake far-right movements and separatist scandals dates back to at least 2004 | detail

Visits 4215
25.04.2017

Russian FSB radically changes the plot in its ‘Crimean saboteur’ trial

Nine months have passed since Russia tried vainly to convince the international community that Ukraine’s military had mounted armed ‘incursions’ on Russian-occupied Ukrainian Crimea. | detail

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