Memorial has addressed an open letter to the Mayor of Moscow Yury Luzhkov demanding a public investigation into the reinstatement on 25 August of a text praising Joseph Stalin inside the Kurskaya metro station.
01.09.09 | Ludmila Koval
On 24 June 2009 the Ombudsperson presented parliament with a her "annual report", the fifth in 11 years, which uses the results of monitoring on human rights in 2006-2007
31.08.09 | Halya Coynash
On the seventieth anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939, interpretation of this and other facts by Russias “History Commission” and how Russian history textbooks are to ensure “correct thinking”
Not one law enforcement officer was convicted of torture last year despite the fact that even the Prosecutor General is aware of cases of torture. The reason for such impunity is considered to be flaws in the entire judicial and law enforcement systems
Nine officers of the Chernihiv Regional Department for Fighting Organized Crime [UBOZ] are charged with exceeding their powers and using unlawful methods of criminal investigation
Shortcomings in legislation, as well as the lack of political will. are a barrier to the development of civic society in Ukraine.
In Russia self-censorship has become a matter of survival
After the inept management of the last 4 years and exodus of professionals from the service, it is vital that a new head for the Department is chosen wisely and with an eye to finally achieving badly needed reforms
The dismissal of Vasyl Koshchynets from his post as Head of the Department for the Execution of Sentences and rumours over who will take his place have prompted human rights organizations to renew their calls for serious reform of the penal system.
We consider the killing of Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband Umar Dzhabrailov to be an extrajudicial execution. We demand an end to the terror unfurled in the Northern Caucuses against civic activities and civilians
The bodies have been found of the Head of the charity “Lets Save the Generation”, Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband, who were abducted yesterday evening in Grozny
08.08.09 | I. Koliuszko, R. Kuybida
Who should elect or appoint judges? What measures are needed to ensure judges independence? These are among the crucial questions pertaining to vital judicial reform considered in this article
German historian Gerhard Simon points out that the situation in Ukraine is unique because it is the security service itself that is engaged in educational activity about the crimes of the past.
Human Rights Watch calls on the Uzbek authorities to free the independent journalist Dilmurod Saidov, sentenced on July 30, 2009, to 12 1/2 years in prison following a flawed trial brought on politically motivated charges
5 August 1937 marked the beginning of the “mass NKVD operations” which over sixteen months in 1937-1938 resulted in the arrest of approximately 1.7 million people and more than 700 thousand execuitons.
The Prosecutor even uses the word “torture” in this case where police officers are suspected of having tortured suspects to extract evidence yet the charge is of exceeding authority with the use of violence