Tag Archives: human rights in Ukraine

Ukraine | Detention in Ukraine as a kind of torture

In 2014, during the civil war in the Donbas, the Kiev controlled troops seized the head of the city of Slavyansk, who by will of circumstances worked under the rule of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Her name is Nelya Shtepa. Since then, Shtepa is under arrest. She is charged with cooperation with terrorists, but the investigation has so far failed to prove her guilt in court.
On August 30, Shtepa handed over a letter in which she complained about the intolerable conditions of detention. She was transferred to a cell where the floors and walls are black with dampness, 14 people are kept in the cell. All of them smoke, and the hoods are not in the room. The floors in the chamber are sandy-earthy, cockroaches and mice run around. She also writes that it stinks in the cell from the next landfill. “Not only domestic waste is taken to this landfill, but also the feces from pigs that are grown in an institution, but not for prisoners.” She added that in the cell opposite there are 4 people with an open form of tuberculosis. “And we breathe the same air together with them.” “Constantly with X-rays, tuberculosis forms are found in prisoners”.
According to the lawyer in this cell there is no running water and it is very hot. During her stay under arrest Stepa had diabetes mellitus and hypertension. However, the administration of the detention center does not provide her with medical assistance and refuses to comply with the court’s decision, which ordered to provide her with acceptable conditions of detention.

Ukraine | An inside look at post-coup Ukraine

The colossal chaos, economic depression, and everyday violence that is now part of daily life in Ukraine have defied the expectations of even some of the most hardened critics of the regime which came to power during the Kiev coup of February 2014.

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.