Law Enforcement Authorities Blatantly Ignore Hate Crimes

A man was attacked and brutally abused just because of being considered a homosexual. Law enforcement authorities ignored the victim’s complaints. The criminal case has been initiated only after involvement of human rights defenders.


The Supreme Court Has Found that the National Bank Overstepped its Authority Discriminating the Crimeans

For more than 10 months human rights defenders from the Regional Centre for Human Rights (RCHR) supported by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union have been seeking to prove before the court that the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) discriminates the Crimeans. The latter were declared non-residents and their access to bank services was limited. Finally, the plenum of the Supreme Court of Ukraine acknowledged the obvious thing that the National Bank had no authority to do this.


Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union offers consultations to immigrants from the occupied Crimea and ATO area

The lawyers of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union provide legal assistance to immigrants from the occupied Crimea and ATO area.


UHHRU Briefer #10 for July 2015, USAID Human Rights in Action Program

We would like to offer you the Briefer#10 of the USAID Human Rights in Action Program for July 2015 that is implemented by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.


«The rights of persons with mental health problems: conformity of the national law with the international standards. The context of adherence of human rights in neuropsychiatric social care institutions»

The situation of persons with mental health problems remains a serious challenge for Ukraine’s obligations in human rights. Permanent dependence of such persons on other people, the dominant roles of special residential institutions for medical care and social services are the main characteristics of public policy which results in stigmatization and discrimination of the above mentioned category.


68% of prosecutions against Ukraine were won by lawyers who practised law in Human Rights Institutions

According to the judge of the European Court, Hanna Yudkivska, 90% of applications from Ukraine are considered unacceptable and are not reviewed in the European Court of Human Rights. This is while Ukraine is one of the leaders in the number of applications.


How a month contract can turn out to be years of serving in ATO

10 soldiers of ATO appealed to Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union for help. Last year on July Military registration and enlistment office signed a contract for military service in Armed Forces of Ukraine for one month. But they still aren’t dismissed from ATO area.


UHHRU: prosecution of lawyers for their critical rhetoric casts doubt on the ability of the Bar of Ukraine to accomplish its tasks

Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union expresses concern regarding the attempts of the responsible executives of the National Bar Association of Ukraine to bring the director of the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision Andriy Vyshnevskyi to disciplinary responsibility for expressing his viewpoint regarding the situation in the Bar.
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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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