News on the topic: human rights in Ukraine

Ukraine: The Forgotten Victims

19.08.2014 Ukraine: The Forgotten Victims

The human rights situation in Ukraine is alarming. Civilians are caught in the conflict between the Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian armed groups mainly in the East of the country. They are also abducted or arbitrarily detained, tortured, threatened and subjected to discrimination, especially in Crimea.

OSCE media freedom representative concerned about ban on journalist from entering Crimea

19.08.2014 OSCE media freedom representative concerned about ban on journalist from entering Crimea

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today expressed concern about the deteriorating media freedom situation in Crimea following the decision of the de-facto Crimean authorities to ban journalist Ismet Yuksel from entering the peninsula.

Most Ukrainian citizens in favor of early parliamentary elections

18.08.2014 Most Ukrainian citizens in favor of early parliamentary elections

The overwhelming majority of Ukrainian citizens, 72%, are in favor of holding early elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the UNIAN news agency said quoting Yevhen Kopat’ko of Research & Branding Group, a Ukrainian non-governmental marketing and sociological research company, referring to the results of a study conducted between July 28 and August 7.

Human rights activists urge Ukrainian authorities to define legal status of members of volunteer battalions

15.08.2014 Human rights activists urge Ukrainian authorities to define legal status of members of volunteer battalions

After the end of hostilities, members of volunteer battalions risk to becoming involved in criminal cases. Indeed, their status depends entirely on the position of the authorities. To avoid this risk, human rights defenders propose to consider legalization battalions by law.

Ukrainian human rights activists warn about dangers of laws of 12 August

15.08.2014 Ukrainian human rights activists warn about dangers of laws of 12 August

The activists claim that a number of laws and draft laws, which were adopted on 12 August, are potentially dangerous for the citizens of Ukraine and violate national and international law norms.

Ukrainian human rights activists insist on inadmissibility of adopting bill №4453a "On Sanctions" in proposed edition

15.08.2014 Ukrainian human rights activists insist on inadmissibility of adopting bill №4453a "On Sanctions" in proposed edition

August 12, 2014 the Supreme Council of Ukraine unanimously adopted in the first reading the government bill №4453a "On Sanctions".

Andrey Makarevich: “Fountains are working in Slovyansk, children ride bicycles”

14.08.2014 Andrey Makarevich: “Fountains are working in Slovyansk, children ride bicycles”

The musician told Radio Liberty about his trip to the Ukrainian city of Slovyansk and his concert for children and Ukrainian refugees in Svyatogorsk.

Donetsk human rights activists assert that Ukrainian state bears partial responsibility for increase of number of militants

14.08.2014 Donetsk human rights activists assert that Ukrainian state bears partial responsibility for increase of number of militants

In eastern Ukraine, former convicts who had problems with employment even in the times of peace, face great challenges: only a small part of them can solve their problems without resorting to illegal armed groups.

“We are all to blame for what is happening in the Ukraine...”

14.08.2014 “We are all to blame for what is happening in the Ukraine...”

This was stated by media expert Svitlana Yeremenko during the round table "One country. Civil unity, struggle against separatism and occupation, resistance to informational aggression on the example of the Dnipropetrovsk region", held on 12 August.

 Committee for Solidarity with Ukraine intends to tell Donbass residents about life conditions in Belarus

13.08.2014 Committee for Solidarity with Ukraine intends to tell Donbass residents about life conditions in Belarus

“This fall, the Committee is planning a trip to Eastern Ukraine with the participation of bards, poets and filmmakers," told Radio “Liberty” a member of the Committee, film director Volha Mikalaichyk.

Journalist Oleksiy Matsuka: “In Donetsk, any passer-by can be shelled by a sniper”

13.08.2014 Journalist Oleksiy Matsuka: “In Donetsk, any passer-by can be shelled by a sniper”

Hostilities in Donetsk are going on. The night of 12-13 August was quite hard, shells damaged houses, five civilians were wounded in the Petrivsky district.

“Evening of Grief” in Moscow ends with detentions

13.08.2014 “Evening of Grief” in Moscow ends with detentions

August 12 Moscow police detained participants of the "Evening of Remembrance and Grief" near the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow." As reported by the website grani.ru, 30 people were arrested, mostly those who came to the embassy with Ukrainian flags, yellow and blue ribbons and balloons.

OSCE representative calls on Ukrainian authorities to drop legislative provisions endangering media freedom and free flow of information

12.08.2014 OSCE representative calls on Ukrainian authorities to drop legislative provisions endangering media freedom and free flow of information

VIENNA, 12 August 2014 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović expressed her concern about a draft law on sanctions registered in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 8 August and approved in the first reading today.

UN Secretary-General urges all interested parties to lasting and peaceful political solution to conflict in eastern Ukraine

11.08.2014 UN Secretary-General urges all interested parties to lasting and peaceful political solution to conflict in eastern Ukraine

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in parts of eastern Ukraine. Innocent civilians trapped in the fighting continue to lose their lives. The number of those who are fleeing the area continues to grow. Restoring vital infrastructure, not least for water and sanitation, is essential for a return to normal life.

Ukraine: UN urges central registration system amid rising internal displacement

06.08.2014 Ukraine: UN urges central registration system amid rising internal displacement

5 August 2014 – With thousands fleeing the intensifying violence in eastern Ukraine, senior United Nations officials today urged the Government to establish a central registration system which would help coordinate relief efforts for the already 117,000 internally displaced people (IDPs).

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