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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

News

Russia mounts terror operation against Crimean Tatar family over 2013 social media post

23.07.2021
Russian-controlled enforcement officers in occupied Crimea staged yet another ‘operation’ on 22 July, this time targeting a Crimean Tatar family from Yevpatoria and clearly aimed at terrorization

Remember 16-year-old Stepan Chubenko and how Russia protected his Donbas militant torturers and killers

23.07.2021
When Putin claims that Russians and Ukrainians are ‘brothers’, he is doubtless not thinking of 16-year-old Stepan Chubenko, but likely includes the pro-Russian militants who seized the schoolboy, tortured him and killed him in cold blood for his pro-Ukrainian views

Mother of slain journalist Pavel Sheremet: I don’t want innocent people to suffer for his murder

21.07.2021
On the fifth anniversary of Pavel Sheremet’s murder, Ukraine’s new Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky has refused to speak with the slain Belarusian journalist’s family and friends

Russian FSB uses blackmail to fabricate ‘terrorism’ trials in occupied Crimea

20.07.2021
The FSB in Russian-occupied Sevastopol have threatened come again and find prohibited literature” in the home of a former political prisoner if he does not give false testimony against Crimean Tatar political prisoner Yashar Shikhametov

Belarusian activist threatened with deportation from Ukraine for criticizing the police

20.07.2021
The reasons why Ukraine’s SBU are seeking the deportation of Oleksiy Bolenkov seem highly questionable, and there are also concerns about the role played in this by far-right opponents of the young activist

Russia seeks to imprison tenth Crimean journalist for 18 years

19.07.2021
Vladyslav Yesypenko is the tenth civic and / or freelance journalist imprisoned by Russia, with the charges against all ten men very obviously linked with their reporting on the situation under Russian occupation

Russia crushes human rights group defending political prisoners and fighting state secrecy, including about war against Ukraine

19.07.2021
Two days after Russia’s effective censor, Roskomnadzor, blocked the website of the important human rights initiative Team 29, its Director Ivan Pavlov has announced the group is terminating all activities

Russia’s denial of accountability for MH17 in tatters with more court cases looming

16.07.2021
Seven years on, Moscow is continuing its policy of denial, disinformation and attempts to manufacture ‘alternative versions’ for the downing of MH17 on 17 July 2014, with its attempts looking increasingly futile

Only 0.09% of schoolkids study in Ukrainian in Russian-occupied Crimea despite Hague Court order

16.07.2021
Instead of complying with the International Court of Justice and ending its discrimination of both ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, Russia opted for pretence and doctored statistics.

Taliban visits expose Russia’s lies behind ‘terrorism’ trials of peaceful Crimean Tatars

15.07.2021
Russia is welcoming delegations of terrorists from the Taliban to Moscow while imprisoning Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian Muslims for up to 20 years on totally fictitious ‘terrorism’ charges

Analysis

SSU Reform: Challenges and Prospects. The Study

The authors suggested the ways of reforming the SSU, based on the international standards and the best global experience.

Legal Opinion on the political motives of the criminal prosecution and violations of human rights in criminal proceedings of Konstantin Zhevago

Konstantin Zhevago is a victim of political persecution. Aggregate analysis of the facts of the case indicates that the political motives for the persecution of Zhevago are caused by illegitimate considerations of socio-political nature of senior officials and officers of the state.

An Open Statement Of The Human Rights NGOs On The ECHR Judge Candidates Competition in Ukraine

Human rights organizations "believe that the competition for the selection of candidates for the ECHR judge from Ukraine does not correspond to the recommendations of the PACE."

Reform strategy of medical care for prisoners

The state of medical care for convicts (especially those serving sentences of physical isolation from society) is extremely poor today.

Prisoners’ rights to health protection and medical care in 2014-2021: KHPG report

The reform of the SCES healthcare system failed to improve the quality of prison healthcare, which in most PIs remains unsatisfactory or outright catastrophic due to the shortage of medical personnel, equipment and medicines.

Prisoners’ rights in Ukraine 2014-2021: KHPG report

Conditions of detention in many PIs are inconsistent with international standards and constitute inhuman or degrading treatment, as recognized multiple times by the European Court of Human Rights.

Appeal of All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations on solving the problem of innocent convicts

As there is no legal procedure left in Ukraine to correct judicial errors, we call on the President of Ukraine and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to adopt a bill as soon as possible that will release innocent convicted Ukrainian citizens from unjust captivity and fulfil the most important task of restoring hope and faith in justice for the citizens of Ukraine!

June 3 Letter to the Members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

We, the co-signatories of this letter, are writing to share with you our concerns about the ongoing reform of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU).

The Bill on SBU is unacceptable, it should be buried

The bill No.3196-д in the edition for the second reading concentrates excessive uncontrolled power in the hands of the Security Service of Ukraine. Extremely inaccurate and vague definitions of some basic concepts leave a lot of room for abuse. Despite the declaration of refusal of pre-trial investigation, the SBU is in fact becoming a powerful law enforcement body with much greater powers than other security bodies, which receives levers to control the activities of all other state bodies.

Appeal of human rights organizations to the UN Special Rapporteur on Combating Torture regarding the shameful response of the Government of Ukraine to the CPT report on the results of the ad hoc visit in August 2020

Similar statements have been sent to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, CPT Secretariat and other international bodies