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

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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 929
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

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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 659
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 568
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 943
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 975
25.07.2018

Ukrainian gets double sentence for ‘hostility to Russia’ over annexation of Crimea

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has upheld a shockingly high 8-year sentence on Hennady Lymeshko, a young father from the Kharkiv oblast and one of the ever-increasing number of Ukrainians whom Russia’s FSB forces to ‘confess’ on camera to supposed ‘sabotage plots’. | detail

Visits 1382
26.06.2018

Why is Lutsenko trying to destroy the only department truly investigating Maidan crimes?

Lawyers representing the families of slain Euromaidan activists have warned that current and future investigations into crimes against Maidan activists are in jeopardy with the danger, most frustratingly, coming from Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko. | detail

Visits 1391
18.06.2018

The FSB just can’t get the plot right for its Crimean academic ‘saboteur’ trials

The ‘trial’ in Russian-occupied Crimea of two men arrested 18 months ago in the FSB’s second ‘Ukrainian saboteur’ plot has been delayed because of fatal contradictions between the indictment and evidence | detail

Visits 1018
18.05.2018

The Only Way to Improve Ukraine’s Courts

Right now, not only the future of anticorruption and judicial reforms is at stake. All the country’s other successes depend on whether we get the anticorruption court right this time | detail

Visits 516
20.04.2018

Murder trial but no probe into police inaction during anti-Roma pogrom in Loshchynivka

The court hearing the high-profile trial of a young man accused of the rape and murder of a child has rejected an application to hold the trial behind closed doors. The trial is of public interest because of the anti-Roma pogrom which followed it, and because there are grounds for believing that the defendant is innocent. | detail

Visits 1164
16.04.2018

In Ukraine a life sentence is for life even when you’re innocent

An important European Court of Human Rights ruling has prompted Ukrainian human rights groups to demand a Constitutional Court review of the current lack of real mechanisms for releasing people sentenced to life imprisonment. The move is particularly important given strong grounds in very many cases for believing that life prisoners are either innocent or did not deserve the severe sentence imposed. .  | detail

Visits 964
22.03.2018

FSB professional ‘denouncers’ used for multiple political trials in occupied Crimea

The regularity with which certain ‘judges’ appear in politically-motivated cases in Russian-occupied Crimea has long been the subject of scrutiny.  Lawyers and journalists have recently identified at least two ‘witnesses’ who seem to be migrating from one political trial to another, and there are multiple cases where the supposed ‘witnesses for the prosecution’ are either people whom the FSB brought with them, or people who signed unread documents under duress.  | detail

Visits 1357
02.03.2018

All judges dismissed for persecution of Maidan activists likely to be reinstated

Ukraine’s Supreme Court has begun reinstating judges who were dismissed for breach of oath in connection with their politically motivated rulings against Euromaidan activists.  The number of such judges to have ever faced these or other disciplinary measures was always low, and it now appears that all 19 of those dismissed will probably win their appeals. | detail

Visits 1015
21.02.2018

Last chance of justice for Ukrainian serving life sentence for self-defence

A life sentence in Ukraine really does mean dying in prison. Tragically, it does not necessarily mean that committed the crime you were convicted of. This is the case with Arseny Prokofyev who has already served 17 years although the two deaths he caused were in self-defence | detail

Visits 987
19.02.2018

Real danger that Yanukovych would win against Ukraine in European Court over trial for Maidan killings

The chief investigator into Euromaidan-related crimes has warned that failings in legislation on in absentia trials could result in any convictions against former President Viktor Yanukovych being quashed.   Such warnings have been made since the law was passed and Serhiy Horbatyuk is not alone in suspecting that there are some who find it convenient to retain doubts about the legitimacy of any trial and conviction.  | detail

Visits 1539
19.02.2018

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater: the selection of Supreme Court judges in retrospect

An analysis of the selection of Supreme Court judges in retrospective by Luba Zimanova Beardsley, member of the Strategic Group of Advisors for support of the reforms. | detail

Visits 572
14.02.2018

‘Provocateur’ used in prosecution of prominent Ukrainian anti-corruption activist?

Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko has acknowledged that blogger Vsevolod Filimonenko is a ‘provocateur’, yet rejects any suggestion that the prosecution of Vitaliy Shabunin over an incident involving Filimonenko constitutes persecution of Shabunin, a well-known anti-corruption activist.  His view was not shared from the outset by many civic and media organizations in Ukraine and western observers, and the first court hearing on February 9 only heightened deep scepticism over this prosecution. | detail

Visits 970
12.02.2018

Trial begins of two C14 far-right activists accused of killing controversial journalist Oles Buzyna

Almost three years after Ukrainian journalist Oles Buzyna was shot dead near his home in Kyiv, two men have gone on trial, charged with his murder. If Buzyna was a highly controversial figure, so too is ‘C 14’, the far-right organization that the suspects – Andriy Medvedko and Denis Polishchuk – are linked with. | detail

Visits 1650
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