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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
26.08.2015

Euromaidan activist tortured with impunity in Russian-occupied Crimea

Euromaidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko has been held in detention since Feb 2015 and has been convicted of surreal charges pertaining to an alleged and unprovable offence that Russian-occupied Crimea has no jurisdiction over | detail

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20.08.2015

Sexual charges against renowned accordion-player slammed as fabricated

Human rights activists, musicians and former students have come out in support of well-known accordion-player Ihor Zavadsky who was sentenced to 13 years on charges of sexual abuse of minors which they believe were fabricated | detail

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06.08.2015

Chillingly Stalinist: ‘Confessions’ in Crimea & Russia to back any charges

Russia and its puppet prosecutor in Crimea are increasingly using torture and threats to force ’cooperation’ with the prosecution in trials of Ukrainian nationals, Poklonskaya has now said that such ’cooperation’ may involve "providing information about other crimes, new circumstances or episodes." | detail

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06.08.2015

Ex-Aidar human rights activist Yury Hukov to be released

The court of appeal allowed the application made by Hukov’s lawyer Viktor Deineka and endorsed by the Head of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group Yevhen Zakharov to release Hukov on his guarantee. | detail

Visits 2108
05.08.2015

Why persecute those trying to help Ukraine?

Yury Hukov, a well-known journalist, human rights activist working for the Kharkiv Human Rights Group was arrested on June 22 and remains in detention despite protest from colleagues over both the spurious charge against him and the lack of any grounds for his detention. | detail

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05.08.2015

Scandalous acquittal revoked – no ‘self-defence’ in beating up a woman

On July 29, the Luhansk Regional Court of Appeal revoked the scandalous acquittal of Roman Landik, a former Party of the Regions deputy from Luhansk who was captured on video beating up a woman. | detail

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23.07.2015

Imprisoned Maidan activist’s family under attack in Russian-occupied Crimea

A criminal investigation has been launched against the younger brother of Crimean political prisoner Oleksandr Kostenko over allegedly ‘insulting’ a judge. There is still no sign of Oleksandr’s father who disappeared after returning to Crimea from a press conference in Kyiv on his son’s arrest | detail

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16.07.2015

“10% of Aidar Battalion volunteers joined for ulterior motives, not to fight”

The trial is about to begin of Yury Hukov, journalist (writing as Yury Aseyev), one of the first members of the Aidar volunteer battalion who was briefly imprisoned by the now disgraced Aidar commander Serhiy Melnychuk and has since then worked for the Kharkiv Human Rights Group | detail

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16.07.2015

Ukrainian lawyer under attack for criticism of legal system

In a move worryingly reminiscent of the repressive measures taken under the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych, the Director of the Legal Aid Coordination Centre Andriy Vyshnevsky is facing disciplinary measures including possible loss of his licence for criticizing the National Bar Association | detail

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07.07.2015

Far-right activists suspected of controversial journalist’s murder to remain in detention

A court on Monday upheld the detention of Andriy Medvedko, a well-known far-right activist accused of the murder of journalist Oles Buzyna. At the hearing the defence presented two witnesses who claimed the men were not similar to those they’d seen | detail

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30.06.2015

Maidan activist appeals legally absurd 4 year sentence

The appeal hearing has been postponed and is now due on July 8 against the first prison sentenced passed in Russian-occupied Crimea against Euromaidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko, which the authoritative Memorial society calls part of a campaign against pro-Ukrainian activists in Crimea | detail

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29.06.2015

High-ranking Berkut officer charged over Euromaidan killings

A police lieutenant colonel, working in the police force until his arrest this month, has been remanded in custody in what lawyers representing Euromaidan victims or their families call the most significant arrest so far | detail

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24.06.2015

The Law and Crimean Tatars held hostage in Russian-occupied Crimea

Ali Asanov has not seen his fourth child who was born in June, two months after Asanov was remanded in custody in Crimea on unprovable charges linked with a pre-annexation demonstration over which Russia has no jurisdiction | detail

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19.06.2015

Disturbing allegations over arrests of far-right suspects in Oles Buzyna killing

A day after Interior Minister Arsen Avakov blithely ignored the presumption of innocence and claimed that the murderers of controversial journalist Oles Buzyna had been caught, allegations have been made by Ihor Lutsenko, a well-known journalist and MP about a ‘war’ between the Interior Ministry management and one of the two far-right suspects. | detail

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10.06.2015

More Crimean Tatars to be prosecuted over meeting with Mustafa Dzhemiliev

The Investigative Committee in Russian-occupied Crimea is planning to prosecute three more Crimean Tatars on dubious charges connected with the peaceful protest on May 3 2014 against Russia’s ban on 71-year-old veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev entering his homeland. | detail

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04.06.2015

Crimean prosecutor threatens reprisals against 50 Euromaidan activists

Natalya Poklonskaya, prosecutor in Russian-occupied Crimea, has initiated yet more criminal proceedings over pre-annexation events, once again targeting Euromaidan activists. The message is clear: all Crimeans who supported Euromaidan should leave the peninsula, or face prison sentences on legally absurd charges | detail

Visits 4769
03.06.2015

Not Guilty! Russian jury rejects murder charges against Khaiser Dzhemiliev

A jury in Krasnodar has unanimously acquitted Khaiser Dzhemiliev of murder and found the son of veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev guilty only of illegal possession of a weapon and of manslaughter. As his lawyer, Nikolai Polozov notes, the jury’s verdict is virtually identical to that of the Ukrainian court which Russia’s prosecutor and court had chosen to ignore | detail

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02.06.2015

Crimean Tatar gets 4-year suspended sentence in notorious ‘May 3 case’

24-year-old Musa Abkerimov is the first person to be tried on dubious and belated charges in connection with the meeting on May 3, 2014 when up to 5 thousand Crimean Tatars travelled to the Armyansk border crossing to meet Mustafa Dzhemiliev, the veteran Crimean Tatar leader whom Russia has banned from his native land | detail

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28.05.2015

Russian ’trial’ of Putin’s hostage to continue despite Ukrainian court verdict

A Russian court has refused to terminate the trial of veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s son Khaiser, despite a verdict and sentence having been passed on the 33-year-old Ukrainian national by a Ukrainian court and his extradition requested. The judge’s ‘argument’ was that there had been no verdict from a Russian court. | detail

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26.05.2015

Movement at last on Odesa 2 May investigation

A year after the tragic riots and fire in Odesa on May 2, 2014, a top police official is facing charges and civic investigators have upheld their right to information which is of clear public importance. A draft bill has also been tabled which could waive charges for people accused only of participation in riots, increasing the chances of finding the organizers and initiators | detail

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