Our indicators of the legal assistance for July-December 2020:

Public reception office of KHPG provided 1212 consultations, worked on 62 proceedings in the courts, including 15 new proceedings, completed 18 cases, won 10. Prepared 5 applications to the European Court under Article 6 para.1 of the Convention.

Strategic Litigations Center of KHPG worked on 136 cases in the domestic courts, including 61 new cases, won 13 cases. It worked on 34 cases in the European Court, including 22 new cases. 7 cases were won, 3 communications with the Court, 1 communication with Committee of Ministers of CoE, 22 new applications to the Court and 1 application under the Rule 39 of the Rules of Court were carried out


Russia indoctrinates children to want ‘to defend’ occupied Crimea against Ukraine

If Russia’s frightening militarization of childhood at home is aimed at getting young people to love and want to ‘defend’ their country, in occupied Crimea, Russia also wants children to hate Ukraine

Two-year sentence on ‘defamation’ charges for writing about Russian occupiers of Crimea

One of a barrage of repressive laws with implications for occupied Crimea is one steeply increasing punishment for something loosely termed ‘defamation’

“Now and then the flame dies down, but solidarity is a stream of sparks”

Moving interview with Ilya Shakursky, an antifascist political prisoner serving a huge sentence in Russia on charges of involvement in ta fictitious ‘Network’

Crucial victory for Ukraine in ECHR case against Russia over Crimea

It took frustratingly long to get there, but the European Court of Human Rights has effectively determined that Russia is an occupying state and has paved the way for multiple judgements over its violations of human rights in occupied Crimea

Why would Russian Wikipedia censor information on the Donetsk Izolyatsia secret prison?

Russian Wikipedia is proposing to delete its entry on the ‘Izolyatsia’ secret prison in Donetsk, with the reasons cited including problems with neutrality and, most incredibly, lack of importance

Crimean Tatars sentenced to 18, 17 and 13 years for discussing their faith and Russian persecution

A Russian court has sentenced three Crimean Tatars, including a father and son, to horrific terms of imprisonment without any crime, on the basis of discussions about their Muslim faith and political subjects, including Russia’s persecution of Muslims

Mass detention of Crimean Tatars travelling to political trial in Russia

This was a brazen act of racial profiling by the Russian occupation regime against Crimean Tatars in the latter’s own homeland

Key insurgent admits there was no civil war, just Russian aggression

Pavel Gubarev has acknowledged that the ‘people’s uprising’ in the Donetsk oblast in 2014 was nothing of the sort, and that without Russian involvement, it would have remained a “usual, unarmed and toothless street protest”.

Next, Russia will come for the children

Children in Russian-occupied Crimea have seen their father, grandfather and uncle all taken away. Will they come for their mother next? Or for the children themselves?

Abducted, tortured and spending seventh Christmas in Russian solitary confinement

Valentin Vyhivsky has now been imprisoned in Russia for over six years, after being abducted from occupied Crimea and held incommunicado for eight months – time that the FSB spent on their specific ‘methods of persuasion’


2020: There was no worse year in the realm of human rights after the Revolution of Dignity

I came to such regrettable conclusion analyzing the course of events of the year that has just passed. In my opinion, starting with 2015, the situation with human rights worsened year after year. It was the main reason (not yet realized!) for the devastating defeat of the ruling political forces in 2019. However, it turned out for worse – due to the winners" complete lack of understanding of the need to observe and respect human rights.

Bandera. An Invitation to a Calmer Conversation

At the moment Bandera is probably the most recognizable name in Ukrainian history. You would be hard-pressed to find a better illustration of the gap between history and myth.

Investigation of individual terrorist crimes

In 2013 there were only 4 criminal cases in the SSU proceedings concerning the terrorist acts. In 2014-2019 the investigators from SSU most often used Article 258 of the CC of Ukraine (terrorist act) and Article 258-3 of the CC of Ukraine (the creation of a terrorist group or a terrorist organization) for qualification of terrorist crimes.

A brief description of the KHPG strategic litigations in July–December 2020

Is COVID-19 present in penitentiaries and pre-trial detention centers?

A review of the measures against the spread of COVID-19 in the penitentiary system of Ukraine.

National monitoring of unlawful violence in police in Ukraine in 2020. Summary

KhPG jointly with the KhISR carried on a research in order to provide a comparative analysis of opinions of ordinary citizens and police officers on the scale of spread of unlawful violence in police activity.

Ukraine’s religious freedom crushed in Russian proxy Donbas ‘republics’

Together with its invasion and annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine, Russia brought devastation to the religious pluralism and freedom that Ukrainians had enjoyed since 1991

The practice of application of Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine

Article 111 punishes for an especially serious crime of the state treason. Judicial practice has shown that the transfer of information to a foreign country or organisation was also interpreted as assistance in subversive activities against Ukraine in the cases when the information did not contain a state secret.

Criminal proceedings under Article 111 of CC of Ukraine against the journalists

The question is – where in Ukraine ends the freedom of expression and starts the state treason? The boundary between them is not defined.

International Criminal Court finds grounds to investigate war crimes in occupied Crimea and Donbas

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court [ICC], Fatou Bensouda has found reasonable grounds for believing that war crimes and crimes against humanity, falling within ICC jurisdiction