Our indicators of the legal assistance for July-December 2020:

Public reception office of KHPG provided 1212 consultations, worked on 62 proceedings in the courts, including 15 new proceedings, completed 18 cases, won 10. Prepared 5 applications to the European Court under Article 6 para.1 of the Convention.

Strategic Litigations Center of KHPG worked on 136 cases in the domestic courts, including 61 new cases, won 13 cases. It worked on 34 cases in the European Court, including 22 new cases. 7 cases were won, 3 communications with the Court, 1 communication with Committee of Ministers of CoE, 22 new applications to the Court and 1 application under the Rule 39 of the Rules of Court were carried out


Russia announces bulk ‘Ukrainian spy and saboteur’ arrests while claiming Ukraine is acting as aggressor

Three Ukrainians have been arrested, with the only proof of such alleged activities coming from ‘videoed confessions’ made by men totally under the control of the FSB

Russia’s war against Ukraine is just ‘physics’, former Putin aide asserts

According to former Putin Aide in charge of occupied Donbas, Russia needs to send war and destruction to Ukraine to maintain ‘stability’ in Russia and prop up the current regime

‘Russian world’ propagandist gets jail sentence in Ukraine after Russia deports her "like a dirty used rag"

A court in Lviv has convicted Olena Boiko of encroaching upon Ukraine’s territorial integrity over her very active role in supporting Russia’s propaganda drive against Ukraine and separatism

Crucial testimony confirms doubts about child murder that sparked anti-Roma riots in Ukraine

No other version was ever considered, although the prosecution has had to ignore Mykhailo Chebotar’s apparent alibi and evidence that favours the young Roma man’s innocence

Court blocks exposure of fake experts in Russia’s attempt to dissolve Memorial Human Rights Centre as "extremist"

Russia’s attempt to ban the Memorial Human Rights Centre is based on an ‘opinion’ by two individuals without any expert knowledge and with either no academic publications at all, or just three, and none in the relevant field

63-year-old Ukrainian in a prison for “particularly dangerous prisoners” after opposing Russian occupation of Crimea

63-year-old Oleh Prykhodko is suffering from painful swelling of the legs due to the appalling treatment the recognized political prisoner is receiving in a Russian prison ‘for particularly dangerous criminals’

Crimean Solidarity Coordinator jailed amid international demands that Russia end its persecution of Crimean Tatars

Dilyaver Memetov, one of the coordinators of the important civic initiative Crimean Solidarity, was jailed for 12 days on 27 November, after a Russian-controlled ‘court’ made essentially no pretence of considering the charges against him

War Crimes for the Hague: Russia razes home of elderly Crimean Tatar veteran activist to the ground

Rustem Useinov, a 66-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, did not see his home and garden razed to the ground by Russian occupiers on 24 November, but only because he had become dangerously unwell and been taken to hospital

Former US Ambassador demolishes Russia"s narrative about imprisoned Crimean Tatar journalist Remzi Bekirov

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine, William Taylor has addressed a moving letter to Remzi Bekirov in Russian imprisonment, expressing admiration for Bekirov’s work as a journalist in occupied Crimea and clearly stating that Bekirov’s is unjustly imprisoned

With Russia waging war against Ukraine, ask Zelensky why he wants impunity for war criminals

The President will be holding his ‘press marathon’ on 26 November. Somebody should ask why he is breaching the Constitution, ignoring calls from victims of war crimes, Ukrainian & international NGOs prolonging impunity for war crimes


A great age approaches (statement of the First of December Initiative Group)

In this address, we will try to clarify what important questions we need to find answers to, so that the current cataclysms do not find us unprepared. After all, the new age can be great both in its accomplishments and in the degree of pain and blood.

Trying to liquidate the Memorial, Russian authoritarian regime digs its own grave

The Memorial, even liquidated by the Russian authorities, will continue to exist and outlive its persecutors

Hands off Memorial!

You can familiarize yourselves with the text of the petition, and, in case if you agree, sign it (in the form to the right of the text).

The Security Service Bill is a direct threat to democracy and the rule of law in Ukraine

SBU remains the successor to the Soviet KGB. SBU was the greatest source of violations of human rights among all state bodies for the last seven years. It carries out the illegal detentions, tortures, forced disappearances, holds the detained persons in custody in secret places. It threatens businesses, runs protection racket on smuggling and engages in other corrupt transactions.

Problems of discrimination and violence by law enforcement bodies against LGBT people

The report contains the results of a qualitative research of discrimination and violence against LGBT people by law enforcement bodies.

Why was the list of candidates for the position of a judge of the European Court of Human Rights from Ukraine rejected?

The national competition did not meet the requirements of the Council of Europe, and the rejection of the list of candidates was expected, as in 2019. The recommendations are given on what needs to be done for the third competition to be successful.

The bill on oligarchs “Prepares extrajudicial dealings”

Analysis of the draft law adopted in the first reading. The text for the second reading has not been published.

Where are you going, Ukraine?

Appeal of the First of December Initiative Group on the situation with the rule of law.

Online presentation “Human Dignity and the Way of Lev Kopelev”

We invite you to take part in the online presentation, which will be held by the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group in cooperation with the “Human Rights” publishing house and the Ukrainian Center of the International PEN Club on 7 September at 18.00 Kiev time.

What is next?

The list of shortcomings of the bill, which is now submitted for second reading, can be extended for a long time. They are so large in size that it seems impossible to fix them.