11.02.2015

Human Rights Defenders Designate the Arrest of Ruslan Kotsaba as Persecution on Political Grounds

The arrest of Ukrainian journalist Ruslan Kotsaba on suspicion of high treason and preventing legitimate activity of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations is the persecution on political grounds. This was stated today at the press-conference by the representatives of Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.

08.08.2014

Ukrainian Military Men, the Case of Whom is on the Priority Consideration by the European Court, were Released from Captivity

The soldiers who were captured and for whom the application was filed to the European Court of Human Rights were released. This has now become known to the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU).

29.07.2014

The European Court will consider the applications of Ukrainian prisoners of war on priority basis

An application in the interests of Ukrainian soldiers, who are held captive by terrorists, was filed to the European Court of Justice with the support of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.

09.07.2014

Russia will stand trial in the European Court for kidnapping hostages in Slovyansk

Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU) appealed to the European Court of Human Rights on the occasion of the abduction and torture of hostages by mercenaries in Slovyansk. The organization hopes that the court will establish the involvement of militarists of the Russian Federation in the kidnapping, the government of which will be obliged to pay the compensation to victims.

23.04.2014

European Court ruled that entrepreneur was kept illegally in a mental hospital for almost a year

In Ukraine, people have virtually no chance to challenge an involuntary placement to a mental hospital. The European Court of Human Rights made this conclusion after having studied Mr. Anatoliy Rudenko’s petition. Doctors of a mental hospital in Dniepropetrovsk declared the 52 year old entrepreneur mentally ill and sent him for involuntary treatment.

19.07.2013

Ukraine – Civil society activist Ms Raisa Radchenko subjected to forced psychiatric treatment

Front Line Defenders urges the authorities in Ukraine to overturn the court order and consequently release Raisa Radchenko from the psychiatric hospital where she is being kept, as Front Line Defenders believes this measure may have been taken solely as a result of her legitimate human rights work and her exercise of the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression

18.07.2013

Civic activist? Psychiatrists are already in wait!

28.01.2013

Political persecution in the context of European Court of Human Rights case law

The European Court of Human Rights [the Court] has examined charges of politically motivated human rights on many occasions. This was most often in connection with violations of Article 18 of the European Convention on Human Rights [the Convention] which states: «The restrictions permitted under this Convention to the said rights and freedoms shall not be applied for any purpose other than those for which they have been prescribed”

08.11.2012

The Olaola Femi Case: Free Hand to Skinheads?

There is still no resolution in the case of Nigerian student Olaola Femi who has been held in custody for over a year now, despite public concern and statements from the Prosecutor General and the Human Rights Ombudsperson that they were taking the case under their control.

06.11.2012

One year on, still imprisoned for defending himself

It is exactly a year since Olaola Sunkami Femi, a 26-year-old Nigerian student at the Luhansk National University has been held in a Ukrainian SIZO or remand prison. As reported, he is charged with trying to kill some inebriated young people who attacked him in the entrance to his apartment block on 5 November 2011.

13.04.2012

Nigerian held in detention for 6 months after being attacked

According to Yulia Krasylnykova from the Postup Human Rights Centre, the Luhansk Prosecutor’s has been holding a Nigerian national in the Luhansk SIZO [detention centre] because it supposedly can’t find an interpreter from and to English.

12.04.2012

The Danish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights on the sentence against Valeriy Ivashchenko

The Danish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights has monitored the investigation, detention, prosecution and trial since the beginning of 2011. In August 2011 it launched a Preliminary Report II on the monitoring, which points at a number of general problems in the Ukrainian Criminal Justice System and in this specific case. It does not take side in the question of guilt or innocence.

30.03.2012

West’s credibility at stake if Avakov is extradited to Ukraine

Arsen Avakov, former Kharkiv Regional Governor, ally of imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and likely successful candidate in this year’s parliamentary elections, has been arrested in Italy. The Ukrainian authorities initiated criminal proceedings against him at the beginning of the year over “abuse of power” and he was announced on the Interpol wanted list soon after.

16.03.2012

Well-known journalist Yury Lukanov has looked into the explosion in a Zaporizhya

Church on 28 July 2010 and the subsequent investigation, arrests and prosecution of three young men. The study is to be welcomed given serious grounds for concern over the almost two years that have elapsed.

27.02.2012

Press Release from the Danish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights on the sentence against Yuriy Lutsenko

The Danish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights has monitored the investigation, detention, prosecution and trial since the beginning of 2011. In August 2011 it launched a Preliminary Report II on the monitoring. Without taking side on the question of guilt or innocence the Report points at a number of problems in general in the Ukrainian Criminal Justice System and in this specific case.

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