Damning Verdict on Ukrainian Justice
Despite clear indications that the judges were aware of the gravely flawed nature of the trial over the Zaporizhya church bomb blast, the appeal court has upheld the convictions. In a move of unprecedented cynicism, both courts have selectively “excluded” inconvenient confessions.
Glimmer of hope in the flawed Zaporizhya Church Bomb trial
Vital questions are being asked by the judges of the Zaporizhya Court of Appeal and the abject failure by the prosecutor to answer them noted
Obstructing those who obstruct peaceful gatherings
Another attempt is due this week to legislate guarantees for freedom of peaceful assembly. Volodymyr Yavorsky is clear that either of the two draft bills tabled is better than the present absence of proper regulation
If the latest bill on resolving "the Tymoshenko issue" is adopted, then Tymoshenko will not have been pardoned but simply removed from the scene. It sounds unpleasantly like the solutions found for Solzhenitsyn and other prominent figures back in Soviet times.
New political season brings journalists increased threats and intimidation
The Institute for Mass Information reports an increase in the number of threats and attempts to intimidate journalists in September, as well as in the number of cybercrimes against media sources
The Crimean Tatar Issue: A Government in Dangerous Denial
On extraordinary behaviour by Ukraine’s Foreign Minister and the Head of the Crimea demonstrating disregard for vital issues regarding the Crimean Tatar people, as well as for basic diplomatic etiquette
Mystery strongmen in black outside Mezhyhirya identified
So much for the Public Information Act: it’s taken five months to get an answer to a very simple question. Simple, yet sensitive, since it concerns the extraordinary measures taken to keep the public away from President Yanukovych’s controversial residence at Mezhyhirya.
Who gets to appoint judges?
A draft bill proposing to strip parliament of the power to appoint judges for life, but give this right to the High Council of Justice and President, as well as life tenure for the Prosecutor General will not have the opposition’s support needed for a constitutional majority
Stop Censorship protests smear tactics against NGOs and media
Stop Censorship and a number of NGOs have expressed outrage over the smear campaign underway aimed at discrediting NGOs and independent media. This follows an unprecedented attack on Oksana Romanyuk from the Institute for Mass Information
Since the 2011 Public Information Act is deemed one of the current regime’s few success stories, some outrageous informal efforts to restrict access to information of clear public importance and legislative moves with direct impact on such access deserve scrutiny.
Moscow court orders indefinite psychiatric hospitalization for Bolotnaya Square activist
A Moscow court has found Mikhail Kosenko guilty of involvement in the supposed disturbances during an anti-Putin demonstration in May 2012 and ordered that he be placed in a psychiatric hospital. The diagnosis of “sluggish schizophrenia” was commonly used during the days of Soviet punitive psychiatry
Vast amounts spent on long-term smear campaign
Taras Shevchenko from the Media Law Institute says it is no surprise that 18 months before the presidential elections such a campaign aimed at discrediting the media has begun
Ukrainian Railways caught illicitly gathering personal data
The State Administration on Personal Data Protection has ordered Ukrainian Railways [Ukrzaliznytsa] to stop collecting personal data about its passengers
Death in Police Custody: Official and Unofficial Versions
Dmitry Pozdeev’s brief life ended on September 29, two days after being taken into police custody. He had been taking part in “investigative activities” when he died supposedly of an acute heart disorder
Ales Bialiatski receives highly symbolic Václav Havel Human Rights Prize
Ales Bialiatski, President of Viasna Human Rights Center and Vice President of FIDH, was sentenced to 4 and a half years of detention in severe regime in August 2011 for his human rights activities.
Too Many Questions in Zaporizhya Church Bomb Case
A gravely flawed trial is taking place now and the stakes for three young men, their families, and for Ukrainian justice could not be higher. Standing by and simply watching is surely another form of selective justice, and must not be an option.
How many victims are there of police violence?
Analysis of whether the new Criminal Procedure Code has led to a reduction in the use of torture and ill-treatment by the police
On people’s right to their own values and view of the past
The Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities (VAAD) and Congress of National Communities of Ukraine have issued a statement expressing outrage over the destruction of the Shevelyov Memorial Plaque sanctioned by the Kharkiv authorities
Trial of Vradiyivka police officers begins
The preliminary hearing was held on Thursday in the trial of three men, two of them police officers, charged over the brutal rape of Iryna Krashkova from Vradiyivka who was left for dead after the attack