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Dangerous war heroes on Ukraine’s political scene

24.10.14 | Halya Coynash
A number of candidates are likely to enter parliament because of their role in defending Ukraine against Russian aggression. Unfortunately there are some whose political background makes their possible victory on a wave of support for war heroes of serious concern

Crimean Tatar activist arrested

24.10.14
Crimean police have arrested Tahir Smedlyaev, the brother of the head of the Central Election Commission of the Qurultay, or Crimean Tatar National Congress

Crimean orphans lose chances for adoption under Russian occupation

24.10.14
Crimean orphans are being forced to take Russian citizenship. Many have lost the chance to be adopted or to live in a more family-pitched environment with the system of adoption built over many years being destroyed

Whose “widespread use of cluster munitions”?

23.10.14 | Halya Coynash
Human Rights Watch’s allegations of widespread use by the Ukrainian government of cluster bombs have been widely reported, unlike the OSCE’s denial of any evidence of this and other serious grounds for concern about the report

Russian antagonism and suspicion of USA and EU at all time high

23.10.14
A recent Levada Centre survey found 79% convinced that western countries, by criticizing Russian policy in relation to Ukraine are trying to weaken Russia. 55% however do not believe that Russia should interfere in the internal affairs of its neighbours.

45% in Donetsk oblast will not vote

23.10.14
According to the Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] 1.5 million people in the Donetsk oblast (45%) will not take part in the parliamentary elections on Oct 26. In the Luhansk oblast people in the territory bordering on the zone of fighting are frightened to vote.

A Lustration Law for the Record – and the Elections

22.10.14 | Halya Coynash
The farcical nature of Ukraine’s new Law on Cleaning up the Government was seen within hours of the law coming into force. The list made public of the first 36 heads to roll was like a modern public execution – of suspected witches rather than of known criminals.

Thousands of soldiers prevented from voting

22.10.14
Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has failed to introduce amendments to electoral legislation which would have enabled military servicemen from the ATO zone to vote in the elections

Crimean Tatar Mejlis will not register as a ‘civic organization’

22.10.14
Attempts to pressurize the representative-executive body of the Crimean Tatar people into registering as some kind of ‘civic organization’ are unacceptable, the deputy head of the Mejlis, Akhtem Chyyhoz says

Legislating murder, abduction and land-grabs in the Crimea

21.10.14 | Halya Coynash
Russia may soon adopt a law which would waive any liability by the armed paramilitaries in the Crimea who have murdered, abducted and beaten up opponents of Russian occupation, as well as seizing land and assets. Or who will, since the impunity would be till Jan 2015

“They torture POWs here” Moscow voices in defence of Nadiya Savchenko

21.10.14
On Monday people in Moscow held single-person pickets outside the notorious Serbski Institute where Ukrainian officer Nadiya Savchenko is undergoing a forced ‘psychiatric examination’. Their banners included: “They torture POWs here”; and “Back to punitive psychiatry? Pilot Nadiya Savchenko, abducted from Ukraine, is being held here”.

Persecution of elderly activist exposing Russian soldiers’ deaths in Ukraine continues

21.10.14 | Halya Coynash
73-year-old Ludmila Bogatenkova was released only because her state of health was near critical. Please help circulate information about this case and about the investigations into the deaths of Russian soldiers that Moscow is so clearly trying to silence

Abducted street artist Serhiy Zakharov tells of detention and torture

21.10.14
Tracked down and captured by the Kremlin-backed militants his street installations mocked in early August, Zakharov says that his captors fractured his left and right ribs and threatened him with execution three times

Finally! Law on Displaced Persons adopted

20.10.14
On Monday, Oct 20, the Verkhovna Rada passed a long-needed law on internally displaced persons. The bill was drawn up in cooperation with NGOs directly working with people forced to flee the Crimea or Donbas.

Nadiya Savchenko’s treatment amounts to torture, lawyers say

20.10.14 | Halya Coynash
The Ukrainian officer captured by Kremlin-backed militants and now facing ’charges’ in Russia is being deprived of sleep, is watched 24 hours a day, and not allowed to speak in private to her lawyer. She also reports that the Russian prosecution is trying to foist their own lawyer on her.

Journalist held hostage twice is freed

20.10.14
Lviv journalist Yury Lelyavsky is free after being held hostage for over two months by Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic. This is the second time he was taken prisoner – the first was in Slovyansk, under the equally self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic

Russian rights activist investigating soldiers’ deaths in Ukraine arrested

18.10.14 | Halya Coynash
73-year-old Ludmila Bogatenkova, head of a regional Committee of Soldiers Mothers, who has been investigating the deaths of Russian conscripts in Ukraine, was arrested on Friday, Oct 17 and is currently in detention facing charges of ’fraud’

Whose Revanche? Key suspects in the Oct 14 disturbances

17.10.14 | Halya Coynash
Nobody is admitting liability for the disturbances on Oct 14 when certain masked protesters tried to storm parliament and attack police. A marginal group hankering for a military junta to take control seems the likeliest candidate, though multiple questions remain.

Journalist Veremiy killing: Kyiv court releases key suspect

17.10.14
One of the titushki, or hired government thugs, who has admitted beating Viacheslav Veremiy during the attack in which the journalist died of a gunshot wound is accused only of group hooliganism, despite the level of the violence and fact that the attacks, abduction, etc. were for money

Call for sanctions against Russia over repression in Crimea

17.10.14
The Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine [CCD] is calling on the Ukrainian government and international community to pay heed to systematic rights violations in the Crimea under Russian occupation and to impose international sanctions.

  

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