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Human rights activists have named key human rights violators in 2013

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.


Lugansk human rights activists urge the Security Service of Ukraine to declare persona non grata all signatories to the letter in support of Putin’s actions in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea

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.


Crimea and religious freedom

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.


Statement addressed to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the need to resolve issues with official residential registration of Ukrainians who had to leave Crimea

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.


Open letter to the member of Bundestag Heinrich Gysi

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.


Kherson prosecutor’s office ‘picked on’ free legal aid center

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 brought up the issue of Russia’s responsibility for abducting people on Ukrainian territory

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.


Statement by the UHHRU on the draft law ‘On restoring credibility of the judicial system of Ukraine’

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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Open appeal of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union regarding the creation of a Public Council attached to the Interior Ministry

On Sunday 27 January 2013 a general meeting was held to form a Public Council attached to the Interior Ministry. This resulted in twenty five of the 35 representatives of civic institutions allowed to the meeting, among them a member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union being elected.


Human rights organizations speak out on sentencing of Yulia Tymoshenko

Human rights organizations have on many occasions expressed concern regarding the political grounds for the criminal prosecution of former government officials. On 11 October the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv issued its verdict against Yulia Tymoshenko, sentencing her to seven years imprisonment over the signing of gas accords with Russia.


On Flagrant Violation of Freedom of Expression in Kharkiv

On 13 September 2011 three Kharkiv TV companies – ATN, Fora and ATVC – were simultaneously removed from air. All three are engaged in independent journalist activities and regularly broadcast criticism of the local authorities and various State bodies. The simultaneous silencing under various pretexts of these three TV companies makes it impossible to doubt the political commissioning of the move.
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