Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Ukraine finally restored justice in the case of Olexiy Vyerentsov and ruled that the police and courts violated his right to freedom of peaceful assembly. However, it took three years and a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights to do so.
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union informs that according to its Boards decision of February 27, 2014 the Union resumes its cooperation with state authorities and local self-governments in Ukraine.
Side-event at the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council session aiming at highlighting the need to ensure accountability for human rights violations in Ukraine.
The Civic Solidarity Platform, an OSCE-wide network of 60 leading NGOs, is witnessing with dismay and shock the unfolding developments in the Crimea region of Ukraine. De-facto military intervention by an OSCE participating State into the territory of another OSCE participating State is a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of that state, which could develop into a full-scale military conflict and cause great suffering and loss of life. It is also a blatant challenge to the spirit and letter of the Helsinki Final Act that undermines the entire system of international security and cooperation.
We appeal to our colleagues, human rights activists, and the international community, to Russian intelligentsia, to the entire Russian society – to not allow the escalation of armed hostilities fraught with a large scale military conflict in the center of Europe. The lives of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers and the civilian populations should not be sacrificed for the sake of crazy ambitions of politicians.
In view of attempts to remove the current Ombudsperson from office for dubious reasons, we, human rights organizations that actively participated in the events of November 2013 - February 2014 make a statement regarding inadmissibility to apply the principle of political expediency in human rights area. This area, under any circumstances, should remain beyond politics and free from any political influence.
Ukraine and international community were shocked by the massive human rights violations that occurred during the Euromaidan rallies.
Be afraid because your fear is justified. Live in fear, because there is something to be afraid of – the payback for all that you have done is coming.
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