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RECOMMENDATIONS of human rights organizations to the Ukrainian government agencies on the protection of conflict-affected population in Ukraine

20 February 2019 marks the 5th year of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. On this day, it is important to speak not just of countering the aggressor state, but also of protecting the victims of the conflict. Thus, we, the human rights organizations, having been involved in documenting war crimes as well as aiding and protecting the victims for 5 years already, publish this consolidated position and demands for the Ukrainian...
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STATEMENT Due to Hazard to Life and Health of Mr Edem BEKIROV

Ukrainian NGOs dealing with observance of human rights on the occupied territories are deeply concerned about the situation with Mr Edem Bekirov, a Crimean Tatar activist and a Ukrainian national. He was detained at the administrative border with Crimea, and then subject to detention on remand. According to the information of relatives and the lawyer, due to his severe health problems the activist should not be absolutely kept in custody. As...
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We, the undersigned Ukrainian NGOs, are highly concerned at information published by the Russian media indicating that the Russian Ministry of Justice calls for Crimean human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov to be expelled from de facto Crimean Central Bar Association before March 2019. ...
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Today, on 6 December 2018, Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov, who defends many of the Ukrainian prisoners held captive by the Kremlin, has been detained by officials of the Center for Combating Extremism in Crimea on counts of Article 20.3 of the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences (propaganda or public display of Nazi attributes or symbols, or attributes or symbols of extremist organizations, or other attributes or symbols,...
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Electric Current Through Ears, Punched Till Fractures – Aleksandr Kostenko About Savage Torturing in Crimea

Mr Aleksandr Kostenko’s arm, broken during the tortures, has not restored mobility yet. Despite the operation made after his releasing from the Russian penal establishment, the arm moves just partially. This has been told by Mr Aleksandr Kostenko, a former political prisoner, to the Crimean Human Rights Group. As he said, the arm, broken yet in the February of 2015, was not treated in fact when he was in prison. After his release from the...
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Appeal by the Civil Society Organizations regarding an arbitrary blockade of Ukraine’s access to the Sea of Azov by the Russian Federation and the capture of 23 Ukrainian servicemen

On Sunday, November 25, 2018, a  ship of the Border Guard Service of the Russian Federation’s Federal Security Service rammed through a Ukrainian tugboat “Yany Kapu”. Along with two small artillery boats “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol”, it was executing a planned sail from Odesa to Mariupol, in compliance with provisions of all applicable multi- and bilateral international treaties and the navigation rules.   Later the same day, as...
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«Breaking Constitutional Fundamentals’ – Crimean ‘Court’ Banned 13 CHRG website articles

On November 15th the Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) was again notified by the Roskomnadzor that the organization website articles had been included into the register of information forbidden in the RF. The Roskomnadzor has been sending such notices to the CHRG e-address since May 8th 2018. For this period, the Russian agency has notified a ban on 13 publications of the Crimean Human Rights Group website. All the publications refer to an...
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The only visit of Volodymyr Balukh’s spouse to the Detention Center

The spouse of Mr Volodymyr Balukh, a Ukrainian political prisoner, visited him for the first time in the Simferopol Detention Center on October 17th, 2018, before his being convoyed to the penal colony. Mrs Natalia Balukh informed the CHRG thereof. According to her information, Mr Balukh is to be convoyed to the Kerch penal colony today, on October 18th 2018 (‘Penal Colony # 2 of the Federal Penitentiary Service Department for Republic of...
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Persecution of Ukrainian Cultural Center activist in Crimea

Photo credits: Mikhail Batrak Facebook page On August 29, at about 6.40 am, representatives of occupying authorities in Crimea conducted a search in the apartment (Simferopol) of Ukrainian Cultural Center activist Olga Pavlenko. According to available sources, the reason for the search was the suspicion of the occupying authorities regarding the activist’s alleged involvement in the activities of the Right Sector (in 2014, after the start of...
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We can’t proceed the other way, and we will do everything to return him home – mother of Yevgeniy Panov after seeing him in the Detention Center

Mrs Vera Kotelianets, mother of Mr Yevgeniy Panov, a Ukrainian political prisoner, sentenced in Crimea ‘for preparing acts of sabotage’, managed to get a short-term meeting with the son in the Detention Center. The Ukrainian told the Crimean Human Rights Group how such visits took usually place, what parcels and medicines might be transferred to the Crimean Detention Center. ‘I saw my son on August 14th, we communicated through glass by...
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Another sentence for V. Balukh: human rights defenders ask the international community and Ukrainian Government to do everything in their power to save the activist

Governments of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Montenegro, Iceland, Albania, Liechtenstein, USA, Canada, Australia and Japan President and Government of Ukraine OPEN ADDRESS On July 5, 2018, in violation of fundamental human rights and international humanitarian law, a court of Crimean occupying authorities passed another sentence against Ukrainian citizen Volodymyr Balukh. Judge of the “Rozdolnenskyi District Court” Tetyana...
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Persecutions of Volodymyr Balukh for the Ukrainian Flag in occupied Crimea – chronology

Volodymyr Balukh, a political prisoner, has been already in custody for 1 year and 7 months in Crimea. Protesting, he has been on hunger strike for 108 days. During the Maidan protest in Kyiv he placed a flag of Ukraine at his house in the Crimean village. After occupation of the peninsula he did not remove the flag, for it the Russian authorities began to persecute him. Since April 2015, illegal searches began in his house, during that flags...
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