Who is trying to fuel racism and xenophobia in Kharkiv?
A third torch procession trying to stir up resentment against foreign students (and beat up any they find) is part of a worrying development over the last 6 months which human rights defenders believe is being deliberately encouraged in Kharkiv and needs firm measures now
In Bukovyna national minority groups can learn about their rights in Romanian
A new handbook summarizing Ukrainian and European experience on considering the needs of national communities at local level has been published in both Ukrainian and Romanian
Xenophobia on the rise
Depressing statistics, but there are some positive moves in the fight against xenophobia. The Kyiv police have recently launched two criminal investigations over cases involving racial crimes, and there seems to be progress in the case of the murder of the Nigerian Hodnoys Myevi
Crimean Tatar media outlets allege incitement to religious enmity on the state television channel “Krym”
In an open letter, the journalists express concern about the screening of a Russian film "Brides of Allah" which they consider to give a subjective and inadequate assessment of the war in Chechnya, and believe its showing on Crimean television to give grounds for further political speculation on the topic of Islam and the Muslim community in the Crimea.
“Fact”, “MAUP” and the Book Fair
A number of prominent Ukrainian writers, journalists, academics and public figures have expressed solidarity with the publishing company “Fact” in their stand against xenophobia, but have asked them not to boycott the coming book fair despite the planned participation of MAUP
Xenophobia in Kyiv: first blood
The law enforcement agencies in Kyiv are investigating the murder of a Nigerian national Hodnoys Myevi. Human rights groups believe that this is the first murder in independent Ukraine committed on racial grounds.
From 1 September the first independent Crimean Tatar television channel will begin broadcasting
According to the editorial office of the new television channel “ATR”, their goal is to help restore the Crimean Tatar language and culture.
Does Ukraine face a wave of prison unrest?
A recent interview given by a former head of the Kharkiv regional division of the Department for the execution of sentences paints a worrying - and familiar - picture of the situation in Ukraines penal institutions. Many of his allegations have been angrily denied by the current holder of this post
Ukrainian spiritual leaders call on politicians not to incite inter-ethnic enmity
Representatives of Ukraines largest religious communities stress that the language issue must not be used to stir up tension and division within Ukraine
The Lviv region Prosecutors office confirms abuse by the administration of penal settlement No. 30 in Lviv
Kharkiv human rights activists name the reasons for the recent cases of attempted suicide (or self-injury) in penal institutions
The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group considers that the acts of self-injury amongst people on remand or prisoners in Kharkiv and Lviv were the direct result of cruel treatment from the administrations of these institutions.
Ukrainian anti-fascists protest outside the Russian Embassy in Kyiv
Activists from the organization “Freedom without borders” accuse the Russian authorities of taking no action in a situation of rising persecution and killing of non-Russians by neo-Nazi organizations
Human rights activists wish to check the activities of special enforcement units (riot police, etc)
Worrying reports of special subdivisions being deployed in some penal institutions, subjecting prisoners to violence and humilation
ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS UZBEKS
An article from the newspaper “Sevodnya” discusses official claims regarding alleged grounds for deporting a group of Uzbek nationals in February, and highlights questions remaining unanswered.
Prisoners call for help
The editorial office of RUPOR received a letter from Vinnitsa. Prisoners of two penitentiaries tell about the horrible situation with human rights in these establishments.
A person deprived of liberty is not deprived of the right to be a human being
On 7 April a press conference of Volodymir Butenko, the head of the Kharkiv regional branch of the State department of penitentiaries, was held in the press-center of the informational agency “Status Quo”. The topic of the conference was “New priorities of penitentiary system”.
Reform of the criminal-executive system
Open letter to Volodymir Moysik, the Head of the Committee of the Supreme Council of Ukraine in charge of legislative provision of law-enforcing activities, from Oleksandr BUKALOV, the Head of the association of penitentiaries of Ukraine.