It is truly difficult to fathom why the Kyiv Head of Police decided to talk about “a possible surge of migrants from the Caucuses due to the events in South Ossetia”. The consequences of such utterances are unfortunately depressively obvious
Letter in defence of the Law: Refugees must not be extradited!
Please help us convince the authorities that they cannot break the law with impunity
UHHRU position on the extradition of a refugee by Ukraines Prosecutor General
The official statement issued by the Prosecutor Generals Office arouses concern as to the level of legal awareness of a person called upon by the Constitution to oversee observance of human rights and adherence to the law in this sphere
The Prosecutor General must go!
The courts must not be ignored when their rulings are not to the Prosecutors liking, and the law is not a device for manipulation, but a mechanism for protecting us all.
Ukrainian human rights defenders report a worsening in the human rights situation in Ukraine
It was both a bitter irony and a telling statement that the press conference to present the annual report “Human Rights in Ukraine in 2007” was forced to emphatically call for the dismissal of Ukraines Prosecutor General over his violation of Ukraines commitments with regard to refugees
The Prosecutor General has overstepped domestic and international law. What next?
Open Appeal from the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union regarding the Prosecutor Generals extradition of a recognized refugee
Ukraines Prosecutor General flouts court ruling
On 28 July the Prosecutor General, flouted a recent court ruling, as well as Ukraines domestic legislation and international commitments, by sending Oleg Kuznetsov back to the Russian Federation
Russian activist Mikhail Gangan granted asylum in Ukraine
The State Committee for Nationalities and Religion has granted refugee status to Mikhail Gangan a member of the National Bolshevik Party (led by Edward Limonov) which is banned in Russia
Yushchenko suspends Government Resolution on migration matters
The Cabinet of Ministers placed the function of specially authorized central body on migration matters in the hands of the Ministry of Internal Affairs
In defence of redheads
We should watch out for criminals, not for people of a certain race. The law enforcement agencies undoubtedly have a tough and complicated task, however primitive methods only generate new problems and contribute to a rise in racism and xenophobia
Human rights prevail in Lema Susarov case
The Kyiv District Administrative Court has declared wrongful the decision of the Prosecutor General allowing the extradition of Lema Susarov to the Russian Federation
Court decision over Lema Susarov adjourned
The court hearing into the appeal lodged by Oleh Levytsky, lawyer representing Lema Susarov, was adjourned on Tuesday until 23 June. The appeal is against the decision by the Prosecutor General to extradite Susarov, an ethnic Chechen, to Russia
Un-sign international conventions or start observing them
The civic project “Without borders” is calling on the Ukrainian authorities to either withdraw their signatures from a number of international conventions or start fulfilling their commitments, firstly, by not extraditing Lema Susarov to Russia
Amnesty International: no safe haven for refugees in Ukraine
Lema Susarov, an ethnic Chechen, and a citizen of the Russian Federation, has been detained in Kyiv remand prison awaiting extradition to the Russian Federation since July 2007
Readmission agreement with Russia in question
After this agreement comes into effect, Moscow will be faced with the prospect of readmitting illegal migrants who entered Ukraine from its territory in conditions where Russia is unable to ensure physical guard over its own borders
The Russian press on the influence of the Centre for Legal Aid on geopolitics
In March Oleg Kuznetsov, a Russian businessman was granted asylum in Ukraine. Quite unexpectedly, this rather modest event was interpreted in a Russian newspaper within the context of the confrontation of Russian and Ukrainian military industry complexes and discussion around Ukraines joining of NATO
You round up cattle, not human beings
Take the title of parliamentarian Gennady Moskals interview: “Paedophiles, deviants and maniacs come en masse to Ukraine”. Well, what more can you ask? Why watch moronic horror films when the “news” can make you tremble?
Journalists twisted survey results on xenophobia
The State Institute for the Development of the Family and Youth has issued a statement warning that the information presented in the media about the results of a sociological survey on levels of tolerance and xenophobia among young people has been twisted
Another young Russian activist seeks political asylum in Ukraine
Anna Ploskonosova, who has taken part in opposition protests and whose boyfriend Yury Chervochkin was killed last year is seeking political asylum in Ukraine
Human rights defenders criticize the authorities for deporting asylum seekers
The Ukrainian authorities attitude to fulfilling their international obligations on granting asylum to people facing persecution or torture in their own country remains unacceptable and unchanged since the time of former President Kuchma