Court ignores PACE, refuses to release Lutsenko

The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv under presiding judge Serhiy Vovk on Monday refused to release former Internal Affairs Minister Yury Lutsenko from custody despite the 26 January Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Resolution.


Ukrainian PEN-Club: On the Political Persecution of Writer Yury Vynnychuk

According to media reports*, on 23 January this year police officers arrived at the home of Lviv writer Yury Vynnychuk and demanded written explanation regarding a poem he read out a few months ago at the festival “Night of Erotic Poetry” in Kyiv.


Political repression returns

Human rights activists warn that persecution of members of civic society is an ever-greater threat to democracy in the country. As reported, on Monday the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and Kharkiv Human Rights Group presented a report on political persecution in Ukraine during 2010 and 2011.


Report on Political Persecution in Ukraine in 2011

Following the 2010 Presidential elections the new Administration began steadily resorting to political persecution of its opponents and critics. This has been widely reported by the media; foreign and Ukrainian experts. The first sign of political persecution at local level was the imprisonment under Article 185 of the Code of Administrative Offences, supposedly for resisting police, for 15 days of two people protesting against the tree-felling in Kharkiv’s Gorky Park. Amnesty International for the first time in six years declared the two activists prisoners of conscience (the only other case in 20 years of independence had been in 2004).


Legal Monitoring Report on the new and renewed charges against Yu. Tymoshenko

The Danish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights publicized in August this year a Human Rights report on the investigations and trials against Yulia Tymoshenko and 3 other members of her former Government (“Legal Monitoring in Ukraine II”).


Lutsenko trial: Judge refuses to examine serious allegations of pressure on witnesses

The court in the trial of former Minister of Internal Affairs has refused to find infringements by MIA officers and the Prosecutor General’s Office in calling witnesses. Presiding Judge Serhiy Vovk rejected the relevant application from Mr Lutsenko’s lawyers on Friday.


Viktor Yanukovych v. Ukraine’s Democracy: Democracy lost, Ukraine – also

The verdict against Yulia Tymoshenko was announced on 11 October. Ukraine finds itself in a situation where its future depends on the will and the fate of two people: Yanukovych’s will and Tymoshenko’s fate. What did the conviction of Yulia Tymoshenko demonstrate?


OSCE Chairperson expresses concern at Tymoshenko verdict, urges full transparency during appeal

The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Ažubalis, expressed concern at the conviction today of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko and urged full transparency during the appeals process.


Yury Lutsenko in need of proper medical care

At a press conference on Thursday Iryna Lutsenko stated that the doctors who examined her husband on 30 August had found that his state of health had deteriorated. The doctors were those provided by the Ministry of Health. They diagnosed cirrhosis of the liver together with hypertension and digestive tract varicose veins.


Lutsenko Trial: Problems mustering up those aggrieved?

In the trial of former Minister of Internal Affairs Yury Lutsenko, some of the people recognized as aggrieved parties have not appeared at the court hearings while one has refused to consider himself as an aggrieved party.


Public Committee against Political Persecution in Ukraine

Following the 2010 Presidential elections the new Administration began steadily resorting to political persecution of its opponents and critics. This has been widely reported by the media; foreign and Ukrainian experts.


Study finds Tymoshenko case viewed as political repression and personal revenge

According to a study carried out by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, an absolute majority of those asked see the prosecution of former Prime Minister and leader of BYUT, Yulia Tymoshenko as a demonstration of political repression and selective justice. Out of the 52 respondents 40 called the case repression, and not one viewed it as an example of just judicial proceedings.


Case over alleged damage by alleged Tax Code protesters returned to court

The Court of Appeal in July returned the criminal case over alleged damage to the granite stone on Maidan Nezalezhnosti [Independence Square] in the centre of Kyiv during the demonstrations against the draft Tax Code late last year to the Shevchenkivsky District Court in Kyiv. This was reported by Serhiy Melnychenko, the Head of the Coalition of Participants in the Orange Revolutions and one of those charged.


Tax Code protester still in custody 7 months on

Serhiy Kostakov is accused of having damaged a car during the peaceful protest against the Tax Code in late November 2010. He has been held in custody since 1 December 2010, although if convicted of the crime he would not spend longer imprisoned, He has not been convicted, and there are serious doubts about the case with the only witnesses being police officers, and their video footages, according to the independent journalist investigative bureau Svidomo not showing Kostakov touching the car.


On the Criminal Prosecution of Yury Lutsenko

It is almost half a year since the day that former Minister of Internal Affairs Yury Lutsenko was taken into custody. His remand since that time in a SIZO [pre-trial detention centre] given the absence of any legal grounds is in breach of Ukraine’s legislation. The first court hearing in his case is scheduled for 9 June 201 and we therefore consider it our civic duty to express our position with regard to the former Minister’s work and the reasons for his prosecution.

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