Responding to new challenges caused by the difficult situation in the East of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU) with the support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Human Rights in Action Activity has additionally opened three new legal aid centers in the cities located close to the conflict zone: Mariupol, Krasnoarmiysk and Kryvyi Rih.
On November 3-7 the USAID ”Human Rights in Action” Activity has conducted monitoring visit “Monitoring of human rights violations of citizens of Svatove (destruction of local infrastructure, physical injuries) as a result of improper storage of ammunition”: UHHRU monitors have visited the town of Svatove, Luhansk region. The main objectives of the visit were as follows: to inquire the victims of the explosion of ammunition storages, and to document the actual destructions of local infrastructure.
Seven months of fight for the law on forcibly displaced persons, then another year of fight for adoption of this law in a perfect form, and then a victory! On November 3, 2015, the Parliament of Ukraine adopted our bill No. 2166. The law that all this time was being prepared by human rights organisations in cooperation with UNHCR and members of parliament. Currently, compromises are abandoned and we have an exemplary law fully complies with international standards.
Human rights defenders claim: journalists’ activity in the East of Ukraine is restricted both by illegal armed groups and state institutions that hinder the professional work of media staff and censor their information. Apart from that, there are numerous cases of beating, unlawful arrests, detention, and even murders of journalists.
On October 26, the European Court of Human Rights published a statement of Notice to the Ukrainian Government on its website regarding 33 complaints related to tragic events that took place during the Revolution of Dignity on the Euromaidan.
The relative of the deceased man, former soldier, was denied compensation for burial expenses because of the mistake in his passport. This was the strange situation that Mrs. Olena, the citizen of the City of Rivne, faced.
We would like to offer you the Briefer#1(13) of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union for October 2015 issued within USAID Human Rights in Action Program.
We propose to your attention the monitoring report on the subject “Problems of gender-based violence in the conflict zone”.
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