Human rights defenders assert: numerous questions arise with respect to Zhovten Cinema arson investigation. In particular, there is a question why law enforcers are not willing to recognize the obvious: the crime has been committed on the basis of hatred. And, probably, not just the detainees, but also a specific organization which won’t stop at this arson, stand behind it.
The European Court found on two occasions the violation of the right to a fair trial in the case of pensioner Mariia Bochan, in particular, due to the arbitrary interpretation of its decisions by the Supreme Court of Ukraine. As a result the State shall pay off Ms Bochan ˆ 10 thousand. Human rights defenders point out: “Bochan vs Ukraine (No2)” is the first decision of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) with respect to Ukraine. This is an open hint to the national judges and government: “The decision of the European Court shall be abided.”
More than 50 pensioners became the victims of the Oschadbank Lviv Branch fraud. For the period of more than ten years people believed that they were depositing their money with the bank, and actually have pocketed up the speculators. The Bank does not admit the guilt and believes that it is not responsible for the actions of its employees committed on its behalf.
The arrest of Ukrainian journalist Ruslan Kotsaba on suspicion of high treason and preventing legitimate activity of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations is the persecution on political grounds. This was stated today at the press-conference by the representatives of Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.
The initiative of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, demanding persons liable for call-up to have the certificate from military registration and enlistment office to travel abroad and even to leave region is contrary to the Constitution of Ukraine and valid legislation, perpetrates human rights and can prejudice national interests of Ukraine.
The lawyers of Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union will provide free legal advice for out-migrants from the occupied Crimea and the ATO zone. Reception will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays 2 PM till 7 PM in the office of the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Human Rights (21/8 Institutska Str., Khreschatik metro station, exit to Institutska Street).
Human rights defenders regard deportation as a proper name for the ban from entry Crimea, imposed by Russian authorities on Ukrainian citizens – Crimean residents. Ismet Yuksel and Refat Chubarov have experienced the impossibility to return to their homes and relatives, having been provided with no legal grounds. And these are not singular cases of the unlawful Russia’s prohibition to enter Crimea, imposed on Crimean Tatars. The aggrieved persons have nothing to do, but to sue the RF, and to endeavour to draw global community’s attention to this problem.
We would like to offer you the Briefer#4 of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union for January 2015 issued within Human Rights in Action Program supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
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