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18.04.2017

Supreme Court Candidate Exposed for Sentencing Innocent Man to Life Imprisonment

It is, of course, for the court to determine a man’s innocence, however in the case of life prisoner Volodymyr Panasenko, nobody has ever believed he is guilty. Now, after Panasenko has been in prison for over 10 years, his trial has proven a career nemesis for one of the judges who sentenced him. | detail

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15.04.2017

Suspected Maidan Killer & Three Other Ex-Berkut Officers Flee to Russia

In a move which was easily to be predicted and averted, a former Berkut officer suspected of direct involvement in the killing of Maidan activists has been allowed to escape justice. Vitaly Honcharenko was released from custody on April 6 and on April 13 crossed, unimpeded, into Russia, together with three former Kharkiv Berkut colleagues. | detail

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07.04.2017

2 Crimean Tatars on trial for a pre-annexation pro-Ukraine rally released under house arrest

Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy are home with their families after almost two years in custody. Both are under house arrest and their surreal trial is continuing, but at least they have been freed from custody. Russia is continuing to hold Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Akhtem Chiygoz in custody and prevent him from even attending his own trial | detail

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05.04.2017

Old tricks mar hopes for a renewed Supreme Court in Ukraine

How can you believe in a transparent and fair competition for new Supreme Court judges when the goalposts shift in the middle of the game? When the criteria for selecting only the strongest candidates have been fixed, yet 43 candidates who didn’t meet the criteria get slipped in? These are only the latest hiccups to a competition which should be marking an important new stage in ensuring an independent judiciary in Ukraine. | detail

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04.04.2017

Blacklist exposes judges involved in political persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea

The Crimea Human Rights Group has collated important information about all judges involved in illegally imprisoning Ukrainian citizens in Russian-occupied Crimea. The blacklist will provide vital documentation for international courts as well as evidence to back demands for the individuals to face Ukrainian and international sanctions. | detail

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29.03.2017

New attack on Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov

Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov has been summoned for questioning and informed he is facing a preliminary criminal investigation on absurd charges. This is the latest overt offensive against Kurbedinov and other lawyers defending Russia’s ever-increasing number of political prisoners in occupied Crimea. | detail

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23.03.2017

Parliament pass law that could help Yanukovych avoid justice while hurting Ukrainians

It is unlikely that President Petro Poroshenko will veto a law that he has himself lobbied for, but that is precisely what civic activists are demanding. Draft law No. 5610, passed by the Verkhovna Rada on March 16, will not help bring ex-president Viktor Yanukovych to justice, while seriously narrowing Ukrainian citizens’ rights, they warn | detail

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22.03.2017

Russia lies about its most openly anti-Crimean Tatar trial at the Hague

Russia’s near total silence about its imprisonment and trial of Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and others at the International Court of Justice in the Hague is hardly surprising, when Ukraine is accusing it of discriminating against Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians, and the prosecution in question has openly targeted only Crimean Tatars. | detail

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20.03.2017

Russia orchestrates fast-track trial to imprison pro-Ukrainian activist in Crimea

The trial in Russian-occupied Crimea has begun of Volodymyr Balukh, a Ukrainian from North Crimea whose latest arrest came just a week after he nailed a plaque to his home in honour of activists slain during Euromaidan. The case has reached the court with suspicious speed given that the only thing that is entirely clear-cut is the political motivation behind the charges | detail

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09.03.2017

Ukraine’s Got Less Than a Month to Clean Up Highest Court

Maidan is continuing with efforts to prevent yet another rejuggling of a reform-resistant status quo through the appointment of seriously compromised judges to the Supreme Court | detail

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02.03.2017

Not the Right Way to Bring Yanukovych to Trial

The Kremlin is well known for pulling former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych out of hiding for its own purposes. Now Ukraine’s leaders have been accused of using Yanukovych as an excuse to push legislation that may have dangerous repercussions for Ukraine’s justice system—while not necessarily bringing Yanukovych and his cronies any closer to justice | detail

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28.02.2017

Why do Ukrainian MPs want to prove that Ukraine is just like Russia?

The same Ukrainian MPs who rightly call for sanctions against those police, prosecutors and judges in Russia implicated in the torture and fabricated prosecutions of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and many other Ukrainians are silent about the injustice against other Ukrainians closer to home. | detail

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24.02.2017

Jailed for proving that Crimea did not ask for annexation

A massive demonstration, organized by the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, outside Crimea’s parliament on February 26, 2014 prevented Russia from claiming Crimea had voluntarily chosen to be annexed. This is not just information for historians since the demonstration has been used as pretext for one of the most lawless of Russia’s trials in occupied Crimea – and for revenge against Crimean Tatars | detail

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21.02.2017

New Laws in Ukraine Obstruct Prosecution for Crimes against Maidan Activists

Laws passed since Maidan are actively blocking the chances of holding those guilty of crimes against Maidan activists to answer. Most worryingly, the law on trial in absentia, essentially tailored around former President Viktor Yanukovych could result in European Court of Human Rights judgements against Ukraine. | detail

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15.02.2017

Defence denied Crimean Tatar leader on trial for saying Russia must leave Crimea

In a move as unexpected as it is lawless, Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has been deprived of his defence lawyer Nikolai Polozov. The Crimean Supreme Court under Russian occupation rejected Polozov’s appeal against a ruling allowing Polozov to be interrogated as a ‘witness’ in Umerov’s case. A | detail

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06.02.2017

Russian Human Rights Ombudsperson thinks jailing Crimean rights lawyer Kurbedinov & seizing his clients’ records is OK

Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov has been freed after 10 days’ unwarranted imprisonment but the FSB are still holding computers seized during armed searches. This is an obvious violation – recognized by everybody except Russia’s Ombudsperson – of both Kurbedinov’s rights and the rights of the many victims of persecution he is defending | detail

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01.02.2017

Kremlin-Installed Crimean Leader Admits Preparations for Armed Uprising

De facto Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov’s testimony on Jan 31 against Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz clashed with hard evidence, but it did reveal some interesting details.  | detail

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23.01.2017

Top Ukraine court posts for super-rich judges & defender of Yanukovych’s dictatorship laws?

Among the candidates for posts in the Supreme Court [SCU] are the former President of the Court who justified Viktor Yanukovych’s draconian ‘dictatorship’ laws and judges involved in politically motivated prosecutions. The CHESNO civic movement has sounded the alarm to ensure that purportedly fair competition does not re-establish the heavily tarnished status quo. | detail

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18.01.2017

Over half the Berkut officers suspected of Maidan killings given shelter by Russia

12 of 23 ex-Berkut officers suspected of gunning down protesters in the last bloody days of Euromaidan have now received Russian citizenship or leave to remain as ‘refugees’. It appears now that 3 other officers on trial over the deaths have been added to the list of people to be handed over in exchange for Ukrainian hostages. | detail

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26.12.2016

Key Maidan journalist murder suspect released to flee or to commit more crimes

A man who has admitted taking part in the fatal attack on journalist Viacheslav Veremiy in February 2014 has once again been released from custody. This is despite legitimate grounds for believing that if Yury Krysin does not simply go into hiding, he will continue his criminal activities | detail

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