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21.06.2018

Police, who watched on as homes were destroyed by Loschchynivka mob, now deny there were riots

Almost two years after violent anti-Roma riots in Loshchynivka (Odesa oblast) made world headlines, the police are ignoring hard evidence of who was to blame and essentially denying that there were riots at all | детальніше

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14.06.2018

Ukrainian neo-Nazi C14, known for racist and homophobic attacks, gets public funding for ‘patriotic education’

‘C14’, a neo-Nazi group involved over recent months in anti-Roma, homophobic and other attacks in Ukraine, has become one of the recipients of Ministry of Youth and Sport grants, together with an organization linked to the far-right Svoboda party. | детальніше

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13.06.2018

Sharp rise in far-right violence in Ukraine with police failing to react adequately

Police in Ukraine are unacceptably passive both during violent confrontations provoked by members of certain far-right extremist groups, and in investigating unlawful activities. There is a disturbing failure to properly investigate and prosecute even in cases where serious injuries have been inflicted.  The resulting sense of impunity is among reasons suggested for an alarming rise in unlawful activities by certain far-right extremist organizations in a new report published by Freedom House Ukraine Far-right Extremism as a Threat to Ukrainian Democracy. | детальніше

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31.05.2018

If Ukraine foiled a plan to kill Russian Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko, why the indignation?

The news on 30 May that Arkady Babchenko had not been killed was greeted with incredulous joy and then a wide range of reactions, some apparently lacking in any logic | детальніше

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28.05.2018

Ukrainian prosecutor accused of brutal attack on Roma hate crime lawyer

Andriy Mukha, the lawyer representing victims of a fatal attack on Roma residents in Vilshany (Kharkiv oblast) has himself been badly beaten up in his office by men who, he says, were led by a local prosecutor.  A criminal investigation has been launched, and though Mukha was alone at the time, the assailants did not wear masks and there appears to be CCTV video footage. | детальніше

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26.04.2018

Appalling images from neo-Nazi C14 attack on Kyiv Roma camp force police to retract denial

Video footage and witness accounts of the violent dispersal of a Roma camp on Lysa Hora by neo-Nazi C14 thugs emerged on 25 April which were in stark contrast to the version of events presented by the Head of the Kyiv Police, Andriy Kryshchenko.  By evening on 25 April, the police finally announced that a criminal investigation had been initiated after days of implausible denial. | детальніше

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24.04.2018

No more than 3% of police torture cases in Ukraine reach the courts

Two and a half thousand Ukrainians who sought help from medical institutions in 2017 reported that their injuries had been caused by police officers.  While the number of such cases is on the rise, the number of criminal proceedings initiated by the prosecutor’s office has decreased | детальніше

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13.03.2018

Ukrainian ‘C14’ Neo-Nazis openly offer to act as thugs for money

Ukraine’s far-right ‘C14’ organization is trying to entice ‘donors’ by offering to make trouble for the latter’s ‘enemies’.  The advertisement on their Facebook page may not break the law, but is certainly alarming from an organization which at least one Kyiv local authority is using to help ‘keep the peace’. | детальніше

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07.03.2018

Ukraine carries out Russian-style raid of Islamic Cultural Centre

Said Ismagilov, Mufti of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine, has accused Ukraine’s enforcement bodies of multiple infringements during an early-morning search of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Kyiv.  Ukraine is using methods, he says, which are disturbingly similar to those applied in Russian-occupied Crimea | детальніше

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07.03.2018

Ukrainian police violently dispersed protesters without any court order

It is becoming increasingly clear that there was no legal justification for the dispersal of a tent camp of protesters from outside the Verkhovna Rada on 3 March and the detaining of over 100 activists.  The Head of the Human Rights Ombudsperson’s Secretariat also reports that the nature of the bodily injuries sustained during the dispersal suggests that the police used excessive force.  | детальніше

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05.03.2018

Ukraine Police accused of attacks on journalists leaving one hospitalized

One journalist was hospitalized with chemical burns after the dispersal on March 3 by Ukraine’s ‘new police’ of the protest camps outside parliament.  Two other members of the press also complain of ill-treatment from officers in helmets, who they say were not wearing any insignia to enable individual identification.  . | детальніше

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20.02.2018

Bitter questions as Ukraine’s leaders wax rhetorical about Maidan

On this fourth anniversary of the bloodiest days of Euromaidan, only one person is serving a real sentence for crimes against Maidan activists, and virtually all of the investigations are facing sabotage.  Euromaidan SOS founder, Oleksandra Matviychuk is not alone in finding the breast-beating pathos and empty promises from Ukraine’s leaders obscene.  | детальніше

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05.02.2018

Neo-Nazi Azov fighter granted Ukrainian citizenship linked with police and far-right vigilantes

Ukraine’s Interior Minister and other top officials were swift to distance themselves from the far-right vigilantes who held a frightening oath-giving ceremony on Jan 28. Both this and the public outcry were cheering. The same cannot be said for information linking yet another person holding a police post with the far-right groups behind these so-called ‘natsionalni druzhyny’. | детальніше

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30.01.2018

Far-right vigilantes imposing ‘Ukrainian order’ are strange partners for Ukraine’s National Police

So-called ‘National Militia Units’ are promising to ’establish Ukrainian order” on the streets of Kyiv, seemingly in cooperation with Ukraine’s National Police.  Assurances from the Interior Ministry cannot allay concerns about police collaboration with an organization which has on many occasions demonstrated intolerance towards ethnic minorities, as well as to people whose sexual orientation, political or other beliefs they view with antagonism.  | детальніше

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29.01.2018

Anti-corruption groups question motives for prosecution of YouControl open access firm

A number of Ukrainian anti-corruption NGOs, including Transparency International in Ukraine, have expressed concern over the criminal proceedings against YouControl and its founder Serhiy Milman which they view as pressure on an open access firm providing invaluable assistance to anti-corruption campaigners and journalists.  | детальніше

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09.01.2018

Estimated 96 thousand Ukrainians were victims of police torture in 2017

Any improvement immediately after Euromaidan in the perceived prevalence of police torture and ill-treatment in Ukraine has ended.  A survey just published found that the number of victims of unlawful police violence had risen by well over 200 thousand since 2015, with the number of alleged victims of torture rising from almost 63 thousand in 2015 to almost 96 thousand in 2017 | детальніше

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06.12.2017

Ukraine’s strange collaboration with Russia over deportations

Ukraine has been in a state of undeclared war with Russia since the latter’s invasion of Crimea in early 2014 and its aggression in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian Security Service [SBU] are not loath at times to make use of this, claiming a ‘Russian link’ where there is almost certainly none.  More often, however, they demonstrate a baffling willingness to collaborate with their counterparts in the Russian Federal Security Service [FSB] | детальніше

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13.10.2017

Ukraine’s SBU detain Crimean activists “in Russian FSB style”

Civic activists have reacted with strong scepticism to the claims made by the Lviv SBU [Security Service] in explaining the searches and detention on October 12 of up to 12 activists, including two well-known Crimeans, forced to flee their home after Russia’s invasion | детальніше

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09.10.2017

Prosecution of key Maidan suspects sabotaged by Interior Ministry & Police management

The Special Investigations Department has named four men, including a general holding a high post in Ukraine’s National Guard whom it suspects of having coordinated the Berkut storming of Maidan on 18-19 February, 2014 | детальніше

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06.10.2017

Ukrainian prosecutor refuses to investigate police inaction during shocking anti-Roma pogrom

An Odesa court has reinstated the criminal proceedings initiated over police failure to react during anti-Roma riots last year in Loshchynivka, but only after human rights lawyers challenged the prosecutor’s decision to terminate the investigation.   | детальніше

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