GANHRI and ENNHRI open letter on serious concerns in relation to the proposal to dismiss the current Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights
Despite Russia’s total war against Ukraine and serious concerns expressed by human rights NGOs, 235 lawmakers voted on 31 May to dismiss Lyudmyla Denisova from her post as Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights
The letter on the attempt to remove the Ombudsman from the position – to all people concerned
On 30 May it became known that the people’s deputies want to use the new law (“On the legal regime of martial law”) by proclaiming mistrust to Denisova after an instruction from Bankova street. If it happens, the independence of the institution of the Commissioner can be buried and forgotten. That independence survived in the winter months of Maidan, and later – in spring 2014 in opposition to the whims of parliamentarians. It was defended. The law defeated the arbitrariness.
A person unfolds a poster…
"Schools and hospitals instead of bombs and shells", "Russia, do not occupy Ukraine", "Freedom to Ukrainian political prisoners": Russians protest against the war with Ukraine. They"ve been detained by law enforcement officers for solitary pickets.
Joint statement by UHHRU and KHPG on consequences of “recognition” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics by Russia
Russia has finished the era of the “hybrid” conflict, when Ukraine had to prove in international jurisdictions the existence of general and effective control of Russia over these territories through funding, military support and the establishment of Russian-controlled governance.
Donbas ‘conscripts’ into Russia’s army could be deployed to fight Ukrainians
While Russia claims that Ukraine is failing to comply with the Minsk Accord, it is actively creating a situation where a significant number of young Ukrainians from Donbas could, in principle, be liable for conscription into the Russian army
Majority of Ukrainians blame Russia for the war in Donbas and reject "special status" for Russia"s proxy Donetsk and Luhansk "republics"
A recent survey has found that a fairly large majority of Ukrainians view the conflict in Donbas as Russian aggression, with this number having increased significantly over the past six months
Putin ramps up aggression against Ukraine through so-called ‘Russian citizens’ in occupied Donbas
While the West’s attention is fixed on Russia’s military build-up on Ukraine’s border, Moscow is continuing its illegal methods of ‘integrating’ occupied Donbas.
Russian parliamentarians move to ‘defend compatriots’ by recognizing Donbas pseudo ‘republics’
Viacheslav Volodin, speaker of Russia’s State Duma, is threatening ‘consultations’ in the coming week on a proposed ‘appeal’ to Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘asking’ him to recognize the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics’
Tartu City Council statement on the liquidation of Memorial
The decision to close Memorial, which was ordered by the Russian Supreme Court, marks a new and very dangerous era in the offensive on the foundations of civil society and the rule of law.
Italian public broadcaster pushes Russian lies about MH17 and war in Donbas
Italy’s public broadcaster RaiUno has broadcast three ‘reports’ from occupied Donetsk which present a seriously biased view of the conflict in eastern Ukraine
Kremlin-funded RT presenter claims Ukraine is Russian land that Russia will ‘take back’ by force
Anton Krasovsky, director of broadcasting for the Russian state-funded RT channel, has used his chat show to assure Ukrainians, whom he calls ‘animals’, that Russia will invade on any sign that Ukraine is near joining NATO
Court in Ukraine freezes all of former President Poroshenko’s assets over ‘treason’ charges
This is the latest move in the most serious of around 20 criminal proceedings brought very publicly against the main rival to the current President Volodymyr Zelensky
Putin’s new law envisages annexing other countries" territory as grounds for Russian citizenship
Russian President Vladimir Putin has tabled a new draft law on Russian citizenship which, rather menacingly, envisages ‘change of the state border of the Russian Federation’ as grounds for obtaining Russian citizenship
“Memorial” cannot be closed – it is the need to know the truth about the tragic past: statement of the Ukrainian human rights organizations
In this letter, we express our solidarity with our Russian friends, with whom we have spent more than 30 years helping former Gulag prisoners, defending human rights and in recent years opposing Russian aggression in Crimea and Donbas.
On the pettiness of suspicion of Petro Poroshenko
The investigation maintains that several high-ranking officials, Ukrainian citizens, have conspired to promote “terrorist organizations” in order to harm Ukraine’s territorial integrity, inviolability and defence capabilities. These high-ranking officials were Petro Poroshenko, Viktor Medvedchuk, former Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn, and Serhiy Kuzyara, allegedly responsible for communication with the “LPR/DPR”.
Ukraine’s ex-President Poroshenko accused of ‘treason’ and ‘financing terrorism’
In the latest of a very large number of criminal investigations initiated since 2019, former President Petro Poroshenko has been informed he is under investigation for ‘treason’.
US imposes sanctions on former Yanukovych aide Andriy Portnov for corrupting Ukraine’s courts
The US Treasury has imposed sanctions on Andriy Portnov. the controversial Ukrainian politician and former Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration under President Viktor Yanukovych
A great age approaches (statement of the First of December Initiative Group)
In this address, we will try to clarify what important questions we need to find answers to, so that the current cataclysms do not find us unprepared. After all, the new age can be great both in its accomplishments and in the degree of pain and blood.
Trying to liquidate the Memorial, Russian authoritarian regime digs its own grave
The Memorial, even liquidated by the Russian authorities, will continue to exist and outlive its persecutors