Tag Archives: human rights in Ukraine

Ukraine | “Unprecedented” Freedom of Speech in Ukraine: Honduras and Algeria Will Soon Be Left Behind

by Elena Lukash

“DEATH to traitors of Ukraine!!!” are the words of the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Kiva. The enemies he designated are journalists from the NEWS ONE TV channel. He designated and condemned them to death.

Ukraine | Western right defenders proclaimed ‘Kremlin agents’ in Ukraine

The Ukrainian vice-prime minister Vyacheslav Kyrylenko called Amnesty International an “agent of Kremlin’s influence” after it had published a statement on repressions towards people arrested for using Soviet symbols during the Victory Day celebrations.

Ukraine | 2 May violence in Odessa: Ukrainian nationalists regularly threat courts and judges

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a new Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine since 16 November 2016 to 15 February 2017. The report pays special attention to 2 May 2014 violence in Odessa.

The Office’s report notes, more than two and a half years since the violence in Odessa on 2 May 2014, nobody has been held accountable for the death of 48 people. The investigations have progressed selectively, and the ongoing trials have been subjected to undue delays and continued interference.

Ukraine | Russian language as a ground for persecution

Official Government of Ukraine declares that in this country no one is persecuted on the basis of language. However, it is not. At the end of 2016 a group of MPs initiated the draft law on compulsory imposition of the Ukrainian language and the actual ban for other languages used in Ukraine. In particular this applies to the Russian language, the most common in this country. Some members from the faction of the Ukrainian President were among supporters of the bill.

PACE adopts controversial resolution on Ukraine

The Parliamentary Assembly in Strasburg voted for resolution on the functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine.

Resolution starts with traditional phrases welcoming so called “revolution of dignity”, accuses Russia of annexation of Crimea and makes this country responsible for implementation of Minsk protocols. PACE believes “the concerns of the Ukrainian authorities about Russia’s propaganda and information war are legitimate and understandable.” Assembly also welcomed democratic transformation in Ukraine, while it does not exist in reality.