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Ukraine: Russian-backed separatists ‘sentence’ prominent academic in sham trial

The de facto authorities of the self-proclaimed, Russian-backed “Donetsk People’s Republic” in eastern Ukraine have convicted a retired university professor after unfair and absurd proceedings, Amnesty International said today. The organization named the academic, Ihor Kozlovsky, 63, a prisoner of conscience after the unofficial military court yesterday “sentenced” him to two years and eight months behind bars on trumped-up charges of weapons possession.

Date:
4 May 2017
  • Research
  • Ukraine
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Ukraine: Rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in the international blind spot in Crimea

Three years after the peninsula’s unlawful annexation by Russia in March 2014, the human rights situation in Crimea is worsening fast. It is exacerbated by the absence of any effective international monitoring mechanism with access to the peninsula, which has emboldened the Russian and the de facto authorities in Crimea to persevere in their relentless campaign against all vestiges of dissent. Ensuring effective international human rights monitoring in Crimea, including agreeing on the practicalities for a relevant mechanism’s unobstructed access to Crimea, should be a priority for the international community.

Date:
17 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 50/5886/2017
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  • Ukraine
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Ukraine: The human rights situation in Ukraine

Since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, both the Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatist forces have committed serious violations of international humanitarian law and gross violations of international human rights law. Amnesty International’s written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 24 March 2017).

Date:
28 February 2017
Ref:
EUR 50/5795/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Ukraine
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Ukraine: Disclose whereabouts of missing activists: Seroe Fioletovoe and Viktoriya Miroshnichenko

Artists and activists Seroe Fioletovoe and Viktoriya Miroshnichenko have been missing since 31 January after entering the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) in Ukraine to perform a pacifist public action. The de facto authorities are refusing to acknowledge their detention and there are serious concerns about their safety.

Date:
10 February 2017
Ref:
EUR 50/5658/2017
  • Research
  • Ukraine
  • Unlawful Detention

Ukraine: Put an End to Impunity for Detention-Related Abuses in the Context of the Armed Conflict in Ukraine

Impunity for detention-related abuses in the context of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine continues by both Ukraine’s government and on Russia-backed separatists in Donbass. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch reiterate their call on both parties to put an end to this deplorable situation, stop all arbitrary and secret detentions and ill-treatment of detainees and ensure accountability for those responsible.

Date:
25 January 2017
Ref:
EUR 50/5558/2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Crimea: In the dark - the silencing of dissent

The Crimean Tatar community has been subjected to systematic persecution by the Russian authorities since the occupation and illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, said Amnesty International in a report published today. In the Dark: The silencing of dissent looks at the repressive tactics employed by the Russian authorities against the Crimean Tartar community and other dissenting voices in the two and a half years they have been in control the Crimean peninsula.

Date:
15 December 2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Ukraine: Crimea in the dark: The silencing of dissent

Since the Russian occupation and annexation of Crimea in February-March 2014, the Russian and de facto local authorities, have demanded total submission to this brute fact. With most opponents of Crimea’s annexation harassed into exile or silence, Crimean Tatar leaders and activists have been the most organized focus of opposition, and have borne the brunt of the repression. Their representative structure, the Mejlis, was banned as an “extremist” organisation and any association with it has been outlawed; its leaders have been exiled or prosecuted on a range of trumped up charges; several have been forcibly disappeared.

Date:
15 December 2016
Ref:
EUR 50/5330/2016
  • News
  • Ukraine
  • Justice Systems

Russia: Ukrainians tortured to confess to Chechnya killings lose appeal against ‘grossly unfair’ jail sentences

Two Ukrainian men jailed in Russia after being tortured into confessing to a series of murders are the victims of a travesty of justice, Amnesty International said after they lost their appeals against lengthy prison sentences today. Stanislaw Klykh and Mykola Karpyuk were convicted of killing Russian soldiers in Chechnya in the 1990s, despite both providing credible evidence that they were not in the unstable region at the time.

Date:
26 October 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Ukraine
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Ukraine: Detained rigths defender's family at risk: Emir-Usein Kuku, Meriem Kuku and Bekir Kuku

The family of the Crimean Tatar human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku is facing threats and harassment as a way to intimidate him. After his arrest, his son has been threatened by a man who said he worked for the Russian security service. The de facto authorities in Crimea have accused Emir-Usein Kuku of failing to protect his son and initiated an inquiry that could lead to him losing custody of him.

Date:
19 October 2016
Ref:
EUR 50/4953/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Ukraine
  • Detention

Released! 13 people freed from secret detention in Ukraine

“Thank you [Amnesty International] for the work that you are doing. I didn't believe I can get justice in this country. I thought I'll never be free and that one day they will just lead me out and shoot me. It is so great to see my family again. ” Dmytro Koroliov  Former inmates of a secret detention facility in Kharkiv, Ukraine, have been released – thanks to pressure from Amnesty and its supporters. The release of Dmytro (pictured above with his mother Iryna Koroliova) and 12 others recently followed concerted pressure from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

Date:
30 August 2016