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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
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 415
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

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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 710
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 580
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 1715
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 689
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 679
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 626
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 1081
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

Visits 862
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 862
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

Visits 1292
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 1182
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 1653
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 975
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 1478
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 844
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 1336
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 1200
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