Kharkiv EuroMaidan organizer knifed (updated)
Dmytro Pylypets, a civic activist and co-organizer of the EuroMaidan protest in Kharkiv was seriously attacked on Tuesday evening The assailants did not demand anything and silently sprayed a gas in his face, issued blows to the head and abdomen and stabbed him 12 times
International NGOs slam intimidation of Berkut victims
Both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have demanded that the Ukrainian authorities properly investigate the violence against peaceful pro-EU protesters and punish those responsible. They also condemn measures aimed at intimidating police victims
Protester beaten on Nov 30 found alive
Serhiy Radchenko, one of the peaceful protesters who disappeared after the brutal attack by Berkut riot police on Nov 30 has been found alive, though in a very bad state. Three people remain missing.
On Dec 19 the Verkhovna Rada adopted a draft bill which apparently provides an amnesty for those who took part in the EuroMaidan protests while not protecting those guilty of beating up peaceful protesters. How much it will achieve this is, unfortunately, not so clear.
Analysis of Berkut treatment of peaceful protesters on Nov 30 and Dec 1
The Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors on Law Enforcement [UMDPL] have prepared a legal analysis of the actions taken by law enforcement officers during the dispersing of peaceful protesters on Maidan Nezalezhnosti on Nov 30 and during the Dec 1 confrontation on Bankova St.
Party of the Regions inebriated electorate
Oleh Martynenko from OZON observed the demonstration on European Square in support of the president. He reports a modest turnout, but vast numbers of Party of the Regions flags and wholesale drunkenness which the police turned a blind eye to
Open Statement to the International Democratic Community
We urge the International Democratic Community not to believe the provocations of the security services, resolutely condemn the violence by the current Government of Ukraine and support the aspirations of the Ukrainian people toward Freedom and Democracy.
Maidan & Beyond: Some Preliminary Conclusions
The most urgent thing the EU should do is to send a very clear signal that no violence will be tolerated. This signal should be sent not in words, but in deeds
UCU declares Policy of Civil Disobedience
Following the use of force against peaceful protesters on EuroMaidan, the community of the Ukrainian Catholic University [UCU] has announced a policy of civil disobedience with respect to the president and his government
Borys Gudziak: Spread the story of their courage and fortitude!
Long live the heroes of Maidan who have stood up to the special forces and made it through the threat and cold of the night warming the hearts of the world by their peaceful witness!
Maidan: "I came because I couldn’t not come"
Several thousand Berkut or Interior Ministry troops stormed the barricades in the centre, with people singing the national anthem, chanting “Police with the People” and “Together to the end”. People have been arriving through the night to defend Maidan
Freedom House: President should resign, sanctions warranted if more violence against protesters
Further use of force by Ukrainian authorities should lead to the immediate imposition of targeted sanctions by the United States and European Union against Ukrainian officials responsible for such actions
While attention has deservedly been paid to the excessive use of force which the Berkut riot police have applied against peaceful protesters, other measures, including the worrying detention and criminal charges against 9 demonstraters are also aimed at crushing the protest and are equally unacceptable.
Hundreds Injured in Kiev as Riot Police Crack Down
“Ukraine is going through serious civil unrest,” saidRachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “No matter how difficult the situation becomes, police shouldn’t be beating people who pose no threat.”
A dangerous stunt acted out by provocateurs and the Berkut riot police on Sunday outside the president’s administration on Bankova St has taken a sinister turn. On Dec. 3, 9 men, five of them still in hospital after being badly beaten by the riot police, were remanded in custody for 2 months
Lawyers call on colleagues to help beaten peaceful protesters
The Ukrainian Bar Association [UBA] has initiated a legal aid centre for participants in peaceful protests aimed at ensuring that victims of unlawful action by the police are given swift and professional help.
OZON: On where the police were and weren’t on Dec 1
The authorities failed to safeguard freedom of peaceful assembly during the mass demonstration on Dec. 1 and concentrated police in certain areas, leaving a huge number of people with almost no officers responsible for maintaining law and order
No Provoking a State of Emergency
If the clashes provoked by masked young men on Sunday were aimed at justifying imposition of a state of emergency, they will encounter major difficulties. As well as clear evidence of deliberate provocation, there are also legislative hurdles.
Notorious provocateur Korchynsky behind the Presidential Administration violence
“Korchyns’ky is widely considered an agent provocateur, and his "Bratstvo" already took part in several actions that were meant to provoke police suppression of peaceful protests
Bohoslavska points finger at Party of the Regions for provocation
MP Inna Bohoslovska, who left the Party of the Regions faction on Nov 30 in protest over the violent dispersal of EuroMaidan, has said that the provocation on Bankova St, near the President’s Administration could have been organized by the Party of the Regions, like those on May 18 and last week