Romani Voices From Hell: Discrimination, Epidemic, War
Since the start of Russian aggression and hostilities in Ukraine in 2014, ADC Memorial has regularly monitored the situation of the Roma minority in the conflict zone. A full-scale war has been underway on Ukrainian territory since February 24, 2022. The world is following the events in Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Kherson oblasts, in long-suffering Mariupol, and in other cities in Donbas with pain and horror. To mark International Roma Day, ADC Memorial is publishing the accounts of Roma who have faced discriminat
Chillingly retrograde Ukrainian court ruling justifies anti-Roma pogrom as ‘direct democracy’
The victims of anti-Roma riots in Loshchynivka and their lawyers have encountered many obstacles to justice over the last five and a half years, but the court ruling passed on 6 December 2021 is in a deeply shocking league of its own.
Obstacles to Registration and Citizenship Confirmation Threaten to Create a New Wave of Statelessness in Ukraine: A Preliminary Legal Analysis
Evan Harary, Fulbright Scholar at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University. His project concerns the implementation of passportization and statelessness recognition efforts among displaced people, with particular attention to displaced Roma. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Evan has experience in immigration and asylum law, administrative law, and international humanitarian law.
Court in Ukraine passes first real sentence over homophobic attack
Two men have been convicted of attacking poet Serhiy Savin and Maksym Verba, a street musician, in July 2021 with one of the men receiving a real, 4.1 year sentence
Ukraine moves to abolish shameful ‘Free Economic Zone’ with Russian-occupied Crimea
Three draft bills have been tabled in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada to abolish the so-called ‘Crimea’ Free Economic Zone that discriminates against Ukrainians from Crimea while also providing mechanisms for collaboration with the Russian occupation regime
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
Most Ukrainians say their language is an important aspect of Ukraine’s independence
In all parts of the country, a significant majority said that the leaders of the country and civil servants should speak Ukrainian in working hours, and that most education should be in Ukrainian
Appallingly racist attempt to evict Ukrainian Roma community from village in Kharkiv oblast
An incident involving members of a single Roma family was used to fire up a huge crowd and provoke demands that all of the Roma community in Andriyivka be evicted
Pro-Kremlin ‘Ukrainian’ propaganda media created in occupied Crimea as smoke screen for court at the Hague
The new ‘media’ are in the Ukrainian language, but strictly pro-Moscow in content, and seem an obvious, though primitive, attempt to fool the UN’s International Court of Justice
Statement of Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group and ADC Memorial
Ukraine: Report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an opportunity to assess the situation of Roma people and find effective ways to respond to hate crimes.
Criminal investigation initiated after Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk orders forced eviction of Roma
There has been outrage in Ukraine after Ruslan Martsinkiv, the Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, was heard on video demanding to know why the Roma from Ivano-Frankivsk have not been moved to Zakarpattia and ordering that those who refused to go “be packed and taken away”.
Ukrainian authorities copy Russia and carry out raid outside Kyiv Mosque
The Ukrainian authorities have once again copied the worst behaviour of the Russian occupation regime in Crimea, and have most cynically chosen to do so on Friday, a special day of prayer for Muslims
Memorandum of the “Art of Tolerance” Platform
We, representatives of independent non-governmental organizations, foundations and private companies in the field of culture, education, information and human rights from different countries of Europe and the world create the international platform "Art of Tolerance" as an independent cultural, educational and human rights defending initiative of civic organizations.
Court in Ukraine quashes Lviv Council’s Russian language ‘moratorium’
The Lviv Regional Council had imposed a “moratorium on the public use of Russian-language cultural products throughout the Lviv Oblast until the full cessation of the occupation of Ukraine’s territory”.
Ukrainian MP introduces Russian-style law criminalizing ‘propaganda of homosexuality’
MP Oleksandr Vilkul, a former Deputy Prime Minister during the Yanukovych regime, has proposed imposing administrative and criminal liability to so-called ‘propaganda of single-sex relations’.
The only ‘Ukrainian school’ left in occupied Crimea teaches in Russian
A year after the International Court of Justice at the Hague ordered Russia “to ensure availability of education in the Ukrainian language” in occupied Crimea, the only remaining ‘Ukrainian school’ does not have a single class taught in Ukrainian
Another Roma camp attacked and burned down in Ukraine, with police seeing only ‘hooliganism’
A permanent Roma settlement in Rudne, near Lviv, was burned down on 9 May, leaving a number of families homeless. It was the second attack on a Ukrainian Roma camp in less than a month, although this time nobody has publicly admitted to carrying it out.. While Ukraine’s Human Rights Ombudsperson clearly views this as a hate crime, and witnesses speak of a crowd of around 30 young masked thugs, the police have thus far only initiated an investigation into suspected ‘hooliganism’.
Ukrainian neo-Nazi C14 vigilantes drive out Roma families, burn their camp
The far-right C14 organization has carried out an operation, possibly in cooperation with a Kyiv district administration, which resulted in Roma families being forced to flee their camp on Lysa Hora in Kyiv
Russia flouts Hague Court order to reinstate the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and education in Ukrainian in occupied Crimea
It is exactly a year since the UN’s International Court of Justice ordered Russia to withdraw its extraordinary ban of the Mejlis, or self-governing body of the Crimean Tatar people, and to ensure education in Ukrainian in occupied Crimea.
Ukraine’s Ombudsman takes unprecedented and contentious step in defence of LGBT rights
Ukraine’s Anti-Discrimination Ombudsperson has set an important, though controversial, precedent by demanding that a petition purporting to ‘defend family values’ be removed from the President’s official website as in violation of the rights of sexual minorities and inciting discrimination. The petition in question “asked for measures to be taken to stop propaganda of homosexuality and made some highly contentious assertions