The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union presented an annual report of the human rights organizations ‘Human Rights in Ukraine 2013’*. In this report, human rights activists have listed key human rights violators of 2013, including ex-President of Ukraine, law enforcement agencies, the Security Service of Ukraine and Ukrainian courts.
With reference to information distributed by the press service of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, mass media made public a letter written by a number of Russian celebrities, in which they expressed their support for the annexation of Ukrainian territory.
Besides the difficulties with citizenship and relationships with mainland Ukraine, many problems in Crimea may arise in delicate areas such as faith.According to official statistics, in the beginning of 2013 in Crimea (Ukraine), there were 2074 religious organizations, among which 682 have the right to engage in religious activities without registering as a legal entity. Another 132 registered religious organizations are in Sevastopol city.
Due to the Russian aggression against Ukraine and annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea a large number of Ukrainian citizens were forced to leave their habitual residence in Crimea.
Having attentively listened to your speech in the Bundestag concerning the issues of understanding of Ukrainian events, I would like to point out that it impressed me deeply. While addressing deputies of the Bundestag and Ms. Chancellor, you admitted a number of inaccuracies that completely distorted the picture of what is going on in our country now.
Reading prosecutor’s request one may assume that complaints against state agencies have to be prepared by exactly the same state agencies, against which people want to complain.
The European Court of Human Rights passed over to Russian and Ukrainian governments a complaint by Ratyre Rakhno concerning abduction of her husband, which she submitted to the court on March 10, 2014. The complaint was lodged against Russia and Ukraine due to the fact that Russia effectively controls the territory of the Crimean peninsula, and some adjacent areas.
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union calls on to postpone the parliamentary review of the draft law ‘On restoring credibility of the judicial system of Ukraine’ until it will be thoroughly analyzed by professionals and appropriate civil society organizations.
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