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23.01.2018

Five Crimean Tatars on trial for unspecified crimes in a country the ‘prosecutor’ can’t identify

A ‘prosecutor’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has proven unable to tell five Crimean Tatars on trial which country they are alleged to have acted illegally in, and how they did so.   This is not the first time that the prosecutor has been stumped for an answer, though that has not prevented two of the men -  Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy -  being held either in custody or under house arrest for almost three years.  | detail

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17.01.2018

Activist jailed for Ukrainian flag in Russian-occupied Crimea after a farcical ‘retrial’

A second ‘judge’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced Volodymyr Balukh to three years and seven months’ imprisonment on overtly falsified charges after an identical sentence had to be revoked. The second ‘trial’ was just as flawed as the first, leaving no doubt that Balukh is being persecuted for the Ukrainian flag he continued to fly over his home after Russia’s invasion and for his unwavering opposition to Russian occupation. | detail

Visits 1416
16.01.2018

Lutsenko is helping block justice for innocent life prisoners

It is four years since Maidan’s Revolution of Dignity, and two since a draft bill first gave hope to Ukraine’s victims of grave miscarriages of justice and their families.  Hope remains, but also frustration, since Draft Law No. 2033a continues to gather dust, despite a Council of Europe positive assessment and the fact that yet another man, who was almost certainly innocent, has died in prison, betrayed to the end by Ukraine’s justice system – and its politicians. | detail

Visits 1231
11.01.2018

Do they want the killers of lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska to go unpunished?

There are increasing concerns that the haste to make an arrest over the high-profile murder of lawyer and rights activist Iryna Nozdrovska will result in the person now in custody simply being acquitted when the case gets to court.  This is hopefully not the intention, but there were already serious doubts about the prosecution’s assertion that the case was solved, and the new information from Nozdrovska’s  daughter and her lawyers are only compounding them.  | detail

Visits 765
11.01.2018

Judges terrorized into passing 12 times less sentences on Russia-backed separatists than on Ukrainian soldiers

‘Separatists’ and Russian soldiers who commit crimes in the Donbas military zone get much lighter sentences than Ukrainian soldiers, and this has nothing to do with any difference in the gravity of their crimes.  A prominent specialist in criminal law warns that the Ukrainian authorities are failing to ensure that justice is served in Donbas, despite apparently obvious solutions to some of the main problems.  | detail

Visits 1248
17.11.2017

Court in Russian-occupied Crimea takes 5 minutes to jail Ukrainian academic for 5 years

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced internationally-known academic Dmytro Shtyblikov to five years’ maximum security imprisonment on wildly implausible ‘sabotage’ charges.  Shtyblikov had been prevented from seeing an independent lawyer for over a year, and there are very strong grounds for believing that physical or psychological pressure was used to get him to ‘confess’. | detail

Visits 4431
16.11.2017

Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Bureau faces immediate paralysis if Poroshenko signs dangerous bill

The Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine [NABU] predicts that its work will be totally paralyzed already in November if President Petro Poroshenko signs the Law on Judicial Reform in its present form | detail

Visits 1626
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

Visits 3317
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 2170
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 1194
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 1848
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 2818
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 619
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 1651
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

Visits 965
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 2773
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 2496
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 818
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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