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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
19.11.2019

Loshchynivka child murder – mounting evidence that case against Roma man was falsified

In the trial over a child’s murder in Loshchynivka (Odesa oblast) that made world headlines, two witnesses have given testimony contradicting the prosecution’s version and raising serious doubts about the ‘investigators’’ wish to find the real killer. | detail

Visits 599
30.10.2019

What judicial reform when it’s not Russia, but Ukraine that refuses to release an innocent life prisoner?

13 years have passed since a bomb explosion in Lviv claimed the life of 14-year-old Marika Kutsindal and led to the arrest and life sentence of Volodymyr Panasenko, although nobody believed him to be guilty of the crime | detail

Visits 847
18.10.2019

Russia reduces sentence of ‘top secret’ Ukrainian political prisoner

Russia’s Supreme Court has reduced the sentence passed on 32-year-old Ukrainian Kostyantin Davydenko from 10.5 to 7 years, after a hearing held behind closed doors | detail

Visits 572
16.10.2019

Russia confirms huge reprisal sentences against two Ukrainians from Crimea who refused to ‘confess’

Russia’s Supreme Court ignored the lack of any convincing proof that Volodymyr Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov had been planning ‘sabotage’ charges and the clear evidence of falsification and of torture used to extract initial ‘confessions’ | detail

Visits 993
14.10.2019

Italian court fails to explain 24-year sentence against Ukrainian soldier Markiv

The court in Pavia, Italy which, on 12 July 2019, passed a 24-year sentence on Ukrainian National Guard soldier Vitaly Markiv, has finally published the explanatory part of the ruling | detail

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01.10.2019

Doting grandfather, Volodymyr Dudka and Russia’s ‘Ukrainian saboteur’ repression by quota

Russia may not have known about Volodymyr Dudka’s infant granddaughter earlier but they do now, and her existence makes the FSB’s attempt to turn a loving granddad into a ‘Ukrainian saboteur’ planning acts of terror throughout Crimea especially cynical | detail

Visits 934
24.09.2019

Ukraine urged to show Italy that soldier Vitaly Markiv is innocent, or face Russia being seen as ‘liberator’

If Ukraine does not protest the 24-year sentence passed on Ukrainian soldier Vitaly Markiv and demonstrate the lack of any grounds for his conviction, “the world will hear only the message of the judges in Pavia (Italy) that “an army of criminals is fighting in Ukraine and that Russia is ‘liberating’ the territory from criminals”. | detail

Visits 1373
02.09.2019

Judicial reform dilemma for Zelensky

Among urgently needed steps towards judicial reform is one that requires relatively little effort, only the will to give justice a chance | detail

Visits 843
30.08.2019

“Exceptional lawlessness requires extraordinary methods”. Ukraine’s leaders urged to free Volodymyr Panasenko

Prominent Ukrainian human rights groups have issued an urgent appeal to Ukraine’s new leaders urging them to release Volodymyr Panasenko who has spent almost 13 years in prison although nobody has ever doubted that he is innocent | detail

Visits 888
29.08.2019

Crimean Tatar sentenced to 10 years for fictitious involvement in a legal Ukrainian organization

A Russian-controlled ‘court’ in Crimea has sentenced 22-year-old Dilyaver Gafarov to 10 years in a maximum security prison on a totally unproven charge of involvement in a formation that is legal in Ukraine and that has committed no crime. | detail

Visits 891
16.08.2019

Life sentence for a crime somebody else admitted to

Mykola Slyvotsky has spent 16 years in prison for two murders that he is adamant he did not commit | detail

Visits 690
12.07.2019

Ukrainian soldier sentenced in Italy to 24 years for journalist death in Donbas after gravely disturbing trial

A court in Pavia, Italy has found Vitaly Markiv, a Ukrainian National Guard soldier, guilty of involvement in the death during the first months of the war in Donbas of 30-year-old Italian photojournalist, Andrea Rocchelli and sentenced him to 24 years’ imprisonment. | detail

Visits 4313
01.07.2019

Bizarre court rulings point to mounting judicial rot in Ukraine

The rapidly increasing number of eyebrow-raising court rulings is a result of judicial reforms in Ukraine having been largely imitated, rather than properly carried out, a leading Ukrainian legal expert believes | detail

Visits 1103
10.06.2019

Russia sentences Ukrainian seized in Crimea to 10.5 years for ‘spying’ on the FSB

32-year-old Kostyantin Davydenko has been convicted by the Russian-controlled Crimean High Court of supposed ‘spying’ after a totally secret ‘trial’ and nothing to substantiate the charges but a videoed ‘confession’ given while totally under FSB control | detail

Visits 742
20.05.2019

Baffling denial by Italy of war in Donbas as excuse for trial of Ukrainian soldier Markiv

The trial is coming to an end in Italy of Vitaliy Markiv, a young man with dual Ukrainian and Italian citizenship,, who is accused of ‘involvement’ in the death by shelling of 30-year-old Italian photojournalist, Andrea Rocchell | detail

Visits 2048
20.05.2019

Court in Ukraine wipes criminal record from high-profile ex-MP convicted of murder

Former MP Viktor Lozinsky’s criminal record for a high-profile killing in 2009 has been cancelled in the latest of a whole series of eyebrow-raising court rulings over his case | detail

Visits 928
26.04.2019

Life prisoners freed in court in important first for Ukraine

Two Ukrainians serving life sentences were released during a Supreme Court hearing on 17 April in what may have been a first for Ukraine.  The men have already served more than 18 years, so the move was undoubtedly welcome, but did not go far enough | detail

Visits 927
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

Visits 856
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 1347
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