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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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18.04.2017

Supreme Court Candidate Exposed for Sentencing Innocent Man to Life Imprisonment

It is, of course, for the court to determine a man’s innocence, however in the case of life prisoner Volodymyr Panasenko, nobody has ever believed he is guilty. Now, after Panasenko has been in prison for over 10 years, his trial has proven a career nemesis for one of the judges who sentenced him. | detail

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15.04.2017

Suspected Maidan Killer & Three Other Ex-Berkut Officers Flee to Russia

In a move which was easily to be predicted and averted, a former Berkut officer suspected of direct involvement in the killing of Maidan activists has been allowed to escape justice. Vitaly Honcharenko was released from custody on April 6 and on April 13 crossed, unimpeded, into Russia, together with three former Kharkiv Berkut colleagues. | detail

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07.04.2017

2 Crimean Tatars on trial for a pre-annexation pro-Ukraine rally released under house arrest

Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy are home with their families after almost two years in custody. Both are under house arrest and their surreal trial is continuing, but at least they have been freed from custody. Russia is continuing to hold Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Akhtem Chiygoz in custody and prevent him from even attending his own trial | detail

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05.04.2017

Old tricks mar hopes for a renewed Supreme Court in Ukraine

How can you believe in a transparent and fair competition for new Supreme Court judges when the goalposts shift in the middle of the game? When the criteria for selecting only the strongest candidates have been fixed, yet 43 candidates who didn’t meet the criteria get slipped in? These are only the latest hiccups to a competition which should be marking an important new stage in ensuring an independent judiciary in Ukraine. | detail

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04.04.2017

Blacklist exposes judges involved in political persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea

The Crimea Human Rights Group has collated important information about all judges involved in illegally imprisoning Ukrainian citizens in Russian-occupied Crimea. The blacklist will provide vital documentation for international courts as well as evidence to back demands for the individuals to face Ukrainian and international sanctions. | detail

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29.03.2017

New attack on Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov

Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov has been summoned for questioning and informed he is facing a preliminary criminal investigation on absurd charges. This is the latest overt offensive against Kurbedinov and other lawyers defending Russia’s ever-increasing number of political prisoners in occupied Crimea. | detail

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