Is Ukraine planning to extradite its own citizen?
Dont go with your internal passport and dont come back for one! Ukrainian national Viktor Kardash has run into a bizarre situation with potentially serious consequences
Georgian film director held as illegal immigrant threatens hunger strike
A huge number of question marks in this strange story, which has left David Kuridze in some kind of strange never-never land in the Chernihiv regional temporary holding facilities for foreign nationals
Isolated few receive asylum in Ukraine
Civic organizations dealing with refugee issues claim that the EU is also closing its eyes to the situation with asylum seekers in Ukraine, and simply allocates money for maintaining temporary holding facilities so that they dont get to the EU
Should the police be entrusted with migration policy?
While changes in migration policy are long overdue, the author expresses grave doubts over the wisdom of placing this vital area under Ministry of Internal Affairs control
Ukraine is not integrating immigrants into society
According to the State Committee on Nationality and Religion, money is not allocated, nor are there any special State programmes for effective integration of immigrants who have received Ukrainian citizenship into society
New Year greetings wrapped in statistics
The latest press report from the Ministry of Internal Affairs Public Liaison Centre pulls statistics out of context and seems more designed to foster harmful stereotypes than to provide information
New migration body to be under Ministry of Internal Affairs control
Viacheslav Likhachev from the Congress of National Communities believes that placing control over this area under the MIA will inevitably lead to its boiling down to a “fight against illegal migration”.
Strasbourg prohibits extradition of Uzbek refugee
The European Court of Human Rights has allowed the application made by Abdumalik Bakaev and his lawyer Viacheslav Yakubenko and applied Rule 39 halting any possible extradition to Uzbekistan pending examination of his case
Uzbek asylum seeker released by Ukrainian court
On 8 December, the Holosiyivsky District Court in Kyiv rejected an application to hold Abdumalik Bakaev, Uzbekistan national, in custody for 40 days pending extradition to Uzbekistan
ALERT: Ukrainian authorities detain asylum seeker sought by Uzbekistan
Abdumalik Bakaev has sought international protection from the UNHCR and refugee status in Ukraine. He must not be extradited
New ruling against the Prosecutor General regarding a refugee
On 25 November the Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeal rejected an appeal lodged by the Prosecutor General against the ruling of the District Administrative Court in Kyiv over Viktor Kreidych
Strasbourg halts any extradition to Kazakhstan of four refugees
The Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan has for three years now been seeking the extradition of the Baisakov brothers and two other Kazakhstan nationals granted refugee status by Ukraine in 2006
Strasbourg: Ukraine must not extradite Soldatenko
The European Court of Human Rights has found that Ukraines extradition of Nikolai Soldatenko to Turkmenistan would be in violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights
Ukraine gives political asylum to Russian member of a banned party
20-year-old Russian national Anna Ploskonosova is a member of the National Bolshevik Party (headed by Limonov) which is banned in Russia. Her boyfriend Yury Chervochkin, also an activist, was killed last year
When a country is ill, you hear cries of “Theyre coming in hordes”
It sometimes seems like the Ukrainian enforcement bodies are deliberately pinning the image of enemy on people from the Caucuses who are quite legally in Ukraine
Verkhovna Rada ratifies agreement between Ukraine and Russia on readmission
The Agreement is aimed at creating the legal conditions needed for coordination and cooperation on preventing and countering illegal migration, as well as human trafficking
Presidents Secretariat sees no problem in extraditing a refugee
A reply has been received from the Presidents Secretariat to the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Unions letter regarding the extradition to the Russian Federation on 28 July of Oleg Kuznetsov, who had been granted refugee status in Ukraine in March this year.
On the agenda
The war in Georgia has highlighted clearly that Ukraines stability and development as a law-based democracy is crucial for the stability of Europe itself. Put most crudely, we are all in it together and urgently need to support one another.
The rule of law is not just on paper!
We must send an unequivocal message to all members of the authorities that those who violate domestic and international legislation and shame the country will bear personal responsibility for their actions