Russia’s crimes in Crimea, not ending sanctions, should be on the West’s agenda,
There are certainly other parts of the world where rights are violated on a far greater scale. None, however, in a country which 21 years ago was given binding guarantees of security from Russia, the USA and Great Britain. The West has levers against Russian lawlessness and should use them
UN reports reduction in hostilities, but continuing grave human rights concerns
The report also reveals that serious human rights abuses against people in the territories controlled by the self-proclaimed “Donetsk people’s republic” and “Luhansk people’s republic” continued, including killings, torture, ill-treatment, illegal detention and forced labour, lack of freedom of movement, assembly and expression. Local residents continue to remain without effective protection of their rights
Prosecutor suspected of involvement in Odesa May 2 tragedy
Odesa’s Regional Prosecutor has been challenged to investigate allegations that could implicate one of his employees in the concealment of the weapon used by anti-Maidan activist Vitaly Budko [‘Botsman’] during the violent disturbances on May 2, 2014
Russia is killing 73-year-old Ukrainian hostage Yury Soloshenko
Yury Soloshenko is not Russia’s only Ukrainian hostage, tried and convicted on absurd charges, but he is the only one who has been issued a death sentenc
Russian military & mercenaries directly implicated in torture of Ukrainian prisoners
A study has found that over 87% of Ukrainian soldiers and 50% of civilians taken prisoner by Kremlin-backedmilitants in Donbas have been subjected to torture or ill-treatment. In over 40% of the cases, key roles were played by mercenaries from the Russian Federation or people who identified themselves as Russian military personnel
’The Day I Killed The Soviet Union’
December 1 is the happiest day of my life. On this day I killed the Soviet Union. I am not a violent person. But on December 1, 1991, I voted in a referendum on the independence of Ukraine, along with more than 90 percent of Ukrainians.
Bemused anger as Poroshenko vetoes vital law for people forced to flee their homes
In yet another blow to the huge number of Ukrainians forced to flee their homes in Crimea and Donbas, President Petro Poroshenko has vetoed a law lobbied by groups working with displaced people and human rights NGOs
Repressive measures intensify as Crimean blackout bites
There have been inadequate and mostly repressive reactions from the occupation authorities to the ongoing blackout in Crimea, but also a frustrating failure from the western media to probe the legitimate human rights demands that Mustafa Dzhemiliev and other leaders have put forward
Kremlin-backed militants flaunt video with tortured disabled ‘saboteur’
The so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [‘LNR’] has released a video on which a man ‘confesses’ to having carried out sabotage and intelligence activities for Ukraine’s military. Despite being severely disabled, with both arms amputated, he has clearly been badly beaten and finds it difficult to even speak
More evidence that captured Russians were military intelligence officers
The court hearing on Nov 23 in the trial of two Russians captured in May 2015 in eastern Ukraine demonstrated yet again what an uphill battle the men’s defence lawyers will have to convince anybody that their clients, Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Aleksandr Aleksandrov, were not active Russian military intelligence officers [GRU].
Dzhemilev: Free Political Prisoners & Restore Rights if You Want Power Back
Russia must free Crimean political prisoners, if it wants electricity supplies from mainland Ukraine restored, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev has stated, listing other demands linked with rights violations since Russian invaded and occupied Crimea
Ludmila Alekseeva calls the accusations against Memorial Human Rights Centre madness
Memorial does the work that Russia’s post-Soviet authorities should, but do not, do. I’m talking about the preservation of the memory of the real, tragic history of the Soviet period, about the millions of people who were shot to death and suffered in the camps, those who died as a result of the repressions and injustice
Yevhen Zakharov: The Prosecutor’s office is not carrying out its oversight duties in penitentiary institutions
The third anniversary is approaching of the entry into force of the new version of the Criminal Procedure Code [CPC]. However some experts say that officials working on crimes have still not adapted to the demands of the document, and there remain numerous infringements of the rights of parties to the proceedings in their actions. Is this the case?
Dutch referendum puts Ukraine in spotlight
GeenStijl, the Dutch online group promoting a referendum on ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement seems to want to exploit this agreement to push its Eurosceptic agenda. The author warns that “Ukraine’s aspirations, for which so many have died, could fall victim to Europe’s own identity crisis”
Ukraine to answer in Strasbourg for imprisonment of controversial blogger
Ivano-Frankivsk blogger Ruslan Kotsaba has been in detention now since February 2015, on charges as contentious as the journalist’s public pronouncements. His lawyer says that she is preparing an application to the European Court of Human Rights and accuses the authorities of deliberately dragging out the court proceedings
Crimean Maidan activist tortured into denying he was tortured
Oleksandr Kostenko, Ukrainian Maidan activist and Russian-held political prisoner was not only tortured into ‘confessing’ to legally absurd charges, but also into stating that he had been beaten up before being detained and went to the investigators to ‘confess’, rather than to the hospital with his broken arm and serious bruising
Why Poroshenko’s Support for Shokin Is Dangerous
Elected on a promise to reform Ukraine and fight corruption, reformers now fear Poroshenko has gone off course. The current imbroglio centers on Shokin, a Poroshenko ally and protector of the country’s corrupt old guard.
Russia backtracks over Ukrainian citizenship in Crimea
It seems that Crimeans were not in a hurry to renounce their Ukrainian citizenship. Faced with the prospect of embarrassing queues from Jan 1, 2016 when Crimeans will have 60 days to inform of dual citizenship or face criminal liability, Russia has made a complete turnaround
So will anybody answer for the non-election fiasco in Mariupol?
The head of the OPORA election watchdog warns that the elections sabotaged in Mariupol and Krasnoarmiysk on Sunday cannot be repeated before the New Year. Who was to blame should be the subject of a criminal investigation.
KHPG lawyers uphold rights of HIV-positive prisoners in Strasbourg
The European Court of Human Rights has issued four chamber judgements against Ukraine over the right to proper medical care of HIV-positive prisoners. with three of the applicants represented by lawyers from the Kharkiv Human Rights Group’s Strategic Litigations Fund