Outrage as Crimean collaborators included in Russian delegation to Turkey
Two Crimean collaborators, including Natalya Poklonskaya, who played a direct role in the persecution of numerous Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian political prisoners, have for the first time taken part in an official Russian delegation to Turkey
Whistle-blower judge exposes sinister role of Bohdan in Zelensky administration
Larysa Holnyk, the Poltava judge who faced persecution and a physical attack after exposing corruption, has published disturbing details of a recent attempt to enlist her in a politically-motivated criminal investigation against former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
Donbas residents beg Zelensky not to withdraw Ukrainian forces while Russia claims it’s not their war
The desperate plea that the Ukrainian Army does not abandon them coincides with claims from Russia that it is not a party to the conflict and cannot guarantee the withdrawal of the Russian and Russian-controlled, armed and financed militants
Issues and red lines for the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky – joint statement by UHHRU and KHPG
The agreements reached do not take into account the current situation in Ukraine, which is what actually defines the red lines that Ukraine cannot cross without loss of sovereignty, the risks of human rights violations and harm to the interests of the conflict-affected population.
Zelensky urged to clarify his ‘red lines’ on Steinmeier format, Donbas and Russia
Among the problems articulated by prominent human rights groups and well-known civic activists is the lack of any real clarity as to the ‘red lines’ that Zelensky spoke of, as well as unease that he does not understand which concessions are unacceptable to a majority of Ukrainians.
Ukraine’s agreement to Steinmeier Formula – Russian victory or same stalemate?
Russia and former President Petro Poroshenko are claiming that Russia has scored a victory by Ukraine’s ‘agreement to the Steinmeier Formula’, although this may not be the case
Head of Zelensky Administration linked to negotiations with Russia that prompted Euromaidan
Andriy Bohdan, Head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Administration, reportedly took part in the negotiations in Russia which resulted in Ukraine’s sudden about-turn on closer ties with the EU and, ultimately, to the Euromaidan protests
Legislative flurry in Ukraine leaves MPs’ immunity ‘cancelled’ yet still intact
A constitutional majority of MPs in Ukraine voted on 3 September to remove their constitutional guarantee of parliamentary immunity. For the moment, however, their immunity remains secure
No ‘G8’ until Russia ends its occupation of Crimea & frees all Ukrainian hostages
It is doubtless no accident that the rumours gaining momentum this week of an imminent release of Ukrainian political prisoners and POWs held in Russia coincided with the support expressed by US President Donald Trump for Russia to re-join the G7, and frustratingly vague statements from French President Emanuel Macron
EU is preparing to refuse recognition of Russian passports illegally issued to Donbas residents
The EU is reportedly drawing up plans for a coordinated EU policy of non-recognition of Russian passports issued to the residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Eastern Ukraine
Zelensky claims he dismissed illegal Head of President’s Administration Bohdan in response to huge petition
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has ‘responded’ to a petition demanding the dismissal of his highly controversial Head of the President’s Administration, Andriy Bohdan by claiming that he has already dismissed him
Ukraine’s Human Rights Ombudswoman caught in mounting judicial corruption scandal
There have been demands for the resignation of Ukraine’s Human Rights Ombudsperson Lyudmila Denisova and / or for a special parliamentary committee to investigate allegations that she helped to fill a key judicial commission with members likely to block, rather than facilitate judicial reform
Post-election Ukraine. More of the same or a new human rights agenda?
The coming weeks will show whether the President’s grandiose ‘lustration’ plans were for real, or merely an election gimmick, and whether the parties entering parliament have any intention of carrying out the vital reforms discussed with human rights activists
Putin extends Russian attack on Ukraine, offering passports to all Ukrainians in Donbas
Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree making it possible for all Ukrainians in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (Donbas) to receive Russian citizenship according to ‘simplified procedure’, even if they live on Ukrainian government controlled territory
Council of Europe’s PACE on the brink of electing sanctioned Russian Crimea land grab propagandist as Vice President
Leonid Slutsky, a Russian politician who is under EU, US and other countries’ sanctions over his aggressive support for Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea, may become Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Council of Europe caves in to Russia, ignoring the Kremlin’s Ukrainian hostages, MH17 victims and human rights values
Among those pleading with the PACE delegations to not take such a disastrous step were the relatives and lawyers of the ever-mounting number of Moscow’s Ukrainian political prisoners, the families of the MH17 passengers murdered by a Russian BUK missile on 17 July 2014, and numerous human rights NGOs.
Russia adds 4 politicians under EU sanctions to its first ‘delegation’ if Council of Europe gives in to blackmail
Four of the 18 members of the ‘delegation’ which Russia is hoping will be ‘triumphantly reinstated’ in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [PACE] on 24 June are under personal sanctions for their role in Russia’s aggression against Ukraine
Civil society warns Council of Europe that the time is not right to lift sanctions against Russia
"We call on PACE and the Committee of Ministers to demonstrate unity in upholding the values and principles on which the Council of Europe is based and fully keep sanctions in place until Russia meets the conditions for which these sanctions were imposed." - an appeal endorsed by a large number of international NGOs
A High Human Rights Price if the Council of Europe capitulates to Russia
Russia’s reinstatement in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will send a message to all the political prisoners held in occupied Crimea and Russia, to the families of victims of torture, killings and abductions that their rights and their suffering are of less worth than ‘improving relations with Moscow’
Council of Europe’s reinstated Russian delegation would likely include illegal ‘deputies’ from occupied Crimea
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s capitulation to Russian demands will likely result in a Russian delegation including supposed ‘deputies’ from illegally annexed Ukrainian Crimea