Human rights groups have welcomed the idea of creating a body responsible for monitoring implementation of European Court of Human Rights judgements on Ukraine. They have doubts, however, that it will be possible to make such a body independent
The Kyiv Court of Appeal has postponed until 31 January hearing the appeal lodged by Dmytro Pavlichenko and his son Serhiy against their sentences (life, and 13 years, respectively) over the murder of a judge of the Shevchenkivsky District Court Serhiy Zubkov
The Postup Human Rights Centre says that on at least 5 occasions it has complained to the Prosecutor’s Office against police and Prosecutor’s Office infringements with regard to the case of Olaolu Femi, the Nigerian student held in custody since November 2011 after defending himself against 5 racist assailants
Murder charges against imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko are likely to be viewed with the same scepticism in the West as previous prosecutions. But then western TV channels aren’t so very helpful in covering such stories
Arkady Bushchenko, Defence lawyer and Executive Director of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union discusses positive features of the new Criminal Procedure Code as well as fears of retrograde steps by those who dislike its progressive ideology
In an extremely important judgement*, the European Court of Human Rights has found that Ukraine violated the rights of a Supreme Court Judge dismissed in 2010 by the High Court of Justice “for infringement of oath in 2010 and has ordered his reinstatement
On 27 December peaceful protesters in Kyiv were prevented from holding a demonstration outside the Prosecutor General’s Office in support of Olaola Femi, the Nigerian student in custody for over a year following a racist attack in which he tried to defend himself.
Two men have finally been released from custody after six years in SIZO on the basis of a “confession” beaten out of one of them and despite howling discrepancies and infringements of their right to defence
The general consensus from Ukrainian and international lawyers at a recent meeting was that the new Criminal Procedure Code should force all parties to carry out their respective roles more actively and correctly
On Wednesday Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin demonstrated his customary disregard for the presumption of innocence, threatened imminent murder charges against imprisoned former Prime Minister Tymoshenko and also made a curious statement regarding the Gongadze Case.
In depressingly familiar mode, theJustice Ministry’s presentation of one and the same government-commissioned report differs from just about everybody else’s. Most worryingly, on certain crucial points it differs from that of the report’s authors - US law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
A positive feature of the new Criminal Procedure Code outlawing the use of confessions obtained under duress has highlighted an undoubted failing – reduced possibility for review in cases where a miscarriage of justice may have occurred.
A taxi driver has suddenly appeared as "witness" in this case a year after the events in question. Both the defendant and the key witness are adamant that he was not the taxi driver who brought them home