News on the topic: human rights in Ukraine

UHHRU appeal to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

05.09.2014 UHHRU appeal to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

The entire world has witnessed the armed invasion by the Russian Federation of Ukrainian territory. At first, with the use of Russian Federation forces the Crimea was seized and annexed. In order to conceal this crime Russia used quasi-legal justification in the form of a referendum in the Crimea on March 16 2014, in breach of Ukraine’s Constitution.

Russian soldiers are told to fight for Mariupol, but refuse to do so

04.09.2014 Russian soldiers are told to fight for Mariupol, but refuse to do so

Russian soldiers who are staying in the camp near Rostov have been announced that they would be fighting for Mariupol in the Ukraine, but refuse to do so. This was stated in the air on Ukrainian “Channel 5" by the head of the organization "Soldiers' Mothers of St. Petersburg" Ella Polyakova.

Human rights defenders call Ukrainian Parliament to adopt law on IDPs before elections

04.09.2014 Human rights defenders call Ukrainian Parliament to adopt law on IDPs before elections

The activists call Verkhovna Rada to adopt the draft law "On the protection of the rights of internally displaced persons" before the parliamentary elections. According to experts, this law can actually improve the situation of migrants from the Crimea and the eastern regions of Ukraine.

UN: armed groups continue keeping about 400 captives in Donetsk and Lugansk regions

01.09.2014 UN: armed groups continue keeping about 400 captives in Donetsk and Lugansk regions

According to unian.ua, this was reported by Ivan Shymonovych, aide to the Secretary General of the United Nations Secretary during a meeting with journalists.

Ales Bialatski: Regime in Belarus looks for benefit to gain from Ukraine’s misfortune

31.08.2014 Ales Bialatski: Regime in Belarus looks for benefit to gain from Ukraine’s misfortune

Authorities have exposed their “grasp reflex” without even fearing European Union representatives, says Ales Bialiatski.

Ukraine: UN report shows rising civilian deaths, ongoing rights abuses

31.08.2014 Ukraine: UN report shows rising civilian deaths, ongoing rights abuses

Intense fighting, including the use of heavy weaponry by both sides, in densely populated areas of eastern Ukraine, has increased the loss of civilian life, with an average of around 36 people being killed every day, says a new report issued today by the United Nations human rights office.

Ban alarmed by ‘dangerous escalation’ in Ukraine crisis; Security Council holds emergency talks

29.08.2014 Ban alarmed by ‘dangerous escalation’ in Ukraine crisis; Security Council holds emergency talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is alarmed by what seems to be a “dangerous escalation” in the crisis in Ukraine with reports of intensified fighting in the country south-east near the border with Russia, as the Security Council held emergency talks on the latest developments.

Russian rights ombudsman asks Ukrainian counterpart to help free captured soldiers

28.08.2014 Russian rights ombudsman asks Ukrainian counterpart to help free captured soldiers

Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the Russian presidential Human Rights Council, has appealed to Ukrainian Human Rights Commissioner Valeria Lutkovkska to help free Russian military servicemen captured near Donetsk.

U.N. says pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine murder, kidnap and torture

27.08.2014 U.N. says pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine murder, kidnap and torture

Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine are guilty of a wide array of human rights abuses, including murder, abductions and torture, and are receiving a "steady supply" of sophisticated weapons and ammunition, according to a U.N. report obtained by Reuters.

Amnesty International: Separatist forces in Ukraine accused of threatening mass ‘executions’

27.08.2014 Amnesty International: Separatist forces in Ukraine accused of threatening mass ‘executions’

The armed group calling itself the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) must not carry out 'executions', including a reported threat of killing prisoners facing life sentences, Amnesty International said on August 22.

OSCE core principles must be safeguarded in Ukraine, says Secretary General

26.08.2014 OSCE core principles must be safeguarded in Ukraine, says Secretary General

ALPBACH, Austria, 26 August 2014 - Separatism and changes in borders must be firmly rejected and the core OSCE principles followed during the crisis in Ukraine, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier told the European Forum Alpbach this weekend.

Ukraine: Senior UN official calls for end to violence, urges scaling up aid ahead of winter

25.08.2014 Ukraine: Senior UN official calls for end to violence, urges scaling up aid ahead of winter

United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos called again today for an end to the violence in Ukraine as she continued her visit to areas of the country's crisis-riven eastern regions to see for herself the impact of the continued fighting on millions of people.

25.08.2014 Human Rights Watch: Marking Ukrainian Independence Day with a Laws-of-War Violation

Armed men with bayonet-equipped automatic rifles parade several dozen captured soldiers, their hands tied behind their backs, through the streets among crowds shouting “fascists” and other insults. Behind the parade, three cleaning trucks “cleanse” the streets where the detainees just walked.

In Ukraine, UN relief chief pledges support for political, aid, rebuilding efforts

25.08.2014 In Ukraine, UN relief chief pledges support for political, aid, rebuilding efforts

The top United Nations relief official told reporters in Ukraine today, that while the situation in Sloviansk has improved, the UN is still concerned about the ongoing impact of the crisis and plans to support the Government's efforts towards political talks, scaling up the humanitarian response, and ensuring long-term rehabilitation of infrastructure.

Journalists’ safety remains biggest media freedom challenge in Ukraine, says OSCE representative

20.08.2014 Journalists’ safety remains biggest media freedom challenge in Ukraine, says OSCE representative

VIENNA, 20 August 2014 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today denounced recent attacks on members of the media in different regions of Ukraine.

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