Torture and Ill-Treatment

Tortures in the Crimea, a victim’s witness

Mar 18th, 2014 | By

The aggression was huge and the pressing was tremendous. And several times I started to pray and was ready to lose my life. Nevertheless everything which happened was like a performance as they did not went out of a border. It was their way to frighten us, to show their teeth and then to let us go in order to transmit this message to the society. And they are really sure that Kyiv is captured by some gangsters and they will not let the same in the Crimea.

Infowars: Spotlight on Larry Diamond

Feb 22nd, 2014 | By

The viral video is of an Ukrainian girl speaking about her hopes for freedom in her country. She appeals for us to tell our governments to support Maidan protesters: The Infowars website shares an interesting background story to this video, claiming it to be the influence of Larry Diamond, a member of the US Council…

Firm action against police impunity needed in Ukraine, concludes Commissioner Muižnieks

Feb 11th, 2014 | By

The Ukrainian authorities have a responsibility to condemn unequivocally the police misconduct which occurred on a wide scale and ensure effective investigations into the violations which occurred, as well as to impose dissuasive sanctions”, underlined the Commissioner. “Of course, unless structural problems of the administration of justice are addressed, the long-standing problem of police impunity will continue to undermine public trust in institutions. Combating impunity presupposes a judiciary which is truly independent and shielded from outside pressure, as well as full respect of the principle of equality of arms. The functioning in practice of the new Criminal Procedure Code, as well as the absence of effective safeguards against ill-treatment (e.g. notification of custody and access to a lawyer), also need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

Human RIghts Watch. Ukraine: Police Attacked Dozens of Journalists, Medics

Jan 31st, 2014 | By

Ukrainian police assaulted and injured dozens of journalists and medical workers while trying to disperse street fighters and protesters in Kiev from January 19 to 22, 2014. Ukraine’s international partners should press Ukraine to investigate serious human rights violations and prosecute those responsible in accordance with international due process standards.

Appeal of Ukrainian dissidents, former prisoners of conscience to Amnesty International and Human Rights organizations in the world

Jan 26th, 2014 | By

Forty years ago, we, prisoners of conscience, appealed to Amnesty International and also sought justice in other institutions. Today, we all came out to the Maidan, some of us with our children and grandchildren. Our slogan again is: «Freedom, Justice, Rule of Law». Our appeal is addressed to the West, which embodies these principles and is supposed to defend them everywhere.

Lesya Orobetz. The rubicon is crossed.

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

According to the official information of the Ministry of Internal Affairs the number of detaines on January, 20th evening was 31 person. Most of them are incriminated “participation in riots”, which will “costs” up to 15 years of jail according to new legislation. More than 40 activists are now in the hospitals – their body condition is critical. To avoid any accusals the ones whose body condition is better are recommended not to remain in hospitals as doctors should obligatory report to police about such “dangerous” patients.

When the USA helped Ukraine with Western Values

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

In the wake of the economic crisis of 2008, the future of capitalism has been the focus of considerable interest, with talk of aligning purpose with  profit. The New Bottom Line is how I described it. At Sumy State University we’d delivered two papers on the economic crisis and had also been collaborating with physicists…

The day we become silent about things that matter

Jan 1st, 2014 | By

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The ongoing media examination of how Jimmy Savile could have abused children over so many years raises many questions about the willingness of those close to him to speak out.  Those who tried, it seems,…

Human Rights Watch – Ukraine: Excessive Force Against Protesters

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

Hundreds Injured in Kiev as Riot Police Crack Down (Moscow) – Riot police have used excessive force during the current demonstrations in Ukraine, based on accounts from witnesses. Witnesses described police attacks on people who were not using violence, including journalists and the elderly, during the protests in Kiev, Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights…

Forced psychiatric treatment for activist Raisa Radchenko

Jul 16th, 2013 | By

Raisa Radchenko is a member of several local citizens’ associations in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine and has actively campaigned against local corruption and police abuse, supporting local people who have attempted to claim their rights.