Police again find no infringements
The Ministry of Internal Affairs sees no violations in the search of human rights activist Dmytro Groisman’s flat. It has no problem either with the arrest of Oleksiy Verentsov and Ihor Tanichkevcyh over their peaceful picket outside the Prosecutor’s Office in Lviv
Traffic police accused of preventing 140 coaches with protesters from coming to Kyiv
According to the organizers of the protest actions on Maidan Nezalezhnosti [Independence Square], the police prevented 140 coaches with people from various regions from reaching Kyiv for the protest against the Tax Code
Authorities prevent protesters against the Tax Code from reaching Kyiv
For the third time in recent months, reports are coming in of the police, tax and other regulatory bodies being used to obstruct the planned protest on 22 November against the Tax Code
After imprisonment on an administrative charge, no administrative offence detected
The Court of Appeal has failed to find any administrative offence in the actions of Ihor Tanichkevcyh, who, together with human rights activist Oleksiy Verentsov, was sentenced in October to 3 days administrative arrest
Law enforcement officers used force against Igor Koktysh
The Prosecutor’s Office of the Korolyovsky District in Zhytomyr has initiated a criminal investigation against the law enforcement officers who allegedly used violence against Belarusian national Igor Koktysh, his wife and friends
Situation with police violence gradually worsening
We are not seeing a radical deterioration, although those 39 deaths in police stations which even the MIA has acknowledged must be of concern. If no measures are taken, the sense of impunity with which many officers apply illegal force will become a part of their work”.
Trial to begin of police officers accused of “negligence” over Ihor Indylo’s death
The court trial over the death in Kyiv’s Shevchenkivsky Police Station of young student, Ihor Indylo is scheduled to begin on Friday
SBU continues its “talks” with civic activists
The Security Service is continuing to hold “prophylactic” talks with activists from the NGO Democratic Alliance. Such an unofficial meeting with an SBU officer took place on 5 November in Kharkiv.
Zhytomyr journalists announce boycott of the Regional MIA Public Relations Department
Following accusations against journalists from the Zhytomyr newspaper “20 minutes” presentt at the arrest of Igor Koktysh and others, the newspaper’s team has declared a boycott of the police public relations department and call on colleagues to join them in this
HRW: Unlawful Seizure of Organization’s Files Imperils Asylum Seekers
The Ukrainian authorities should immediately return materials and equipment seized from the prominent human rights activist Dmytro Groisman and the organization he leads, and allow the group to resume its lawful human rights activities, Human Rights Watch has stated
Ukraine: Allegations of ill-treatment of Amnesty International members must be investigated
Amnesty International is concerned that six people including Amnesty International activists and former prisoners of conscience were held for three days in incommunicado detention in Ukraine
Zhytomyr journalists present during arrest of Ihor Koktysh summoned to the police
The journalists were present during the arrest on 3 November by members of a drugs squad of six people, including Belarusian opposition figures, among them Igor Koktysh
SBU says questioning of civic activists was lawful
Democratic Alliance demands that that the Security Service stop “the Soviet practice of carrying out unofficial meetings and “prophylactic” conversations" aimed at pressurizing and intimidating civic associations
Ukrainian police, anonymous witnesses and the European Court
In an important case regarding the use of anonymous witnesses used in drug-related crimes, the European Court of Human Rights has found in favour of Kharkiv resident Larissa Karpenko and her son Denis Kornev
Ukraine must stop harassment of trade union activist
Amnesty International has urged the Ukraine authorities to stop the harassment of a trade union activist who remains in hiding after a court ordered him to undergo a forced psychiatric examination last week
Call upon Ukraine to stop harassment and repressions of human rights defenders, journalists and academics
45 European human rights organizations have expressed their concern over increased repression of human rights defenders, journalists and academics in Ukraine and call upon the Ukrainian authorities to respect their international human rights obligations.
Amnesty International: Stop harassment of Ukraine human rights defenders
Two recent cases of assaults against Human rights defenders in Ukraine point to a worsening climate for human rights and those who seek to defend them
Poltava MIA accuse human rights activists of discrediting the police
The criticism followed appeals from UHHRU to the Prosecutor General and KHPG to the Minister of Internal Affairs to ensure protection for V. Kornilenko. The latter has publicly admitted that he helped the police to falsify criminal cases
UHHRU: Stop persecution of human rights activists!
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union is disturbed by a sharp increase in unlawful actions against human rights and civic activists. The number of such cases over the last six months is far in excess of the total number of similar incidents during the previous five years.