Tag Archives: human rights in Ukraine

Ukraine | Ukraine: Woman Detained, Held Incommunicado, Tortured

Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) arbitrarily detained a Ukrainian woman, held her incommunicado, and tortured her, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities charged the woman, Daria Mastikasheva, with treason, and a court in Dnipro has ordered her pretrial detention pending investigation.

Ukraine | Kiev regime bans teaching in Russian language in Ukraine

As Ukrainian Strana.ua reports, Ukrainian MPs announced the start of educational reform. They adopted a law during the first plenary session of the Parliament that will launch the reform. President Poroshenko has already approved the law, having remarked that new Ukrainian school is opening its door to the new generation of Ukrainians – competent, patriotic and opened to the world.
The implementation of the larger part of this reform is scheduled for September 1st, 2018. Website Strana.ua reviewed the innovations that Ukrainian education system is facing.
It appears that millions of Ukrainian citizens will be unable to provide schooling in their native tongue to their children.
Until now many schools with Russian language of teaching existed in Ukraine, as well as schools teaching in other minority languages, such as Hungarian, Romanian and others.
The presence of Russian-language schooling (although the number of schools went down gradually) was one of the main arguments in favour of the claim that Ukraine respects the rights of its Russian-speaking population, perceiving them as proper citizens.
This is history now.
The law introduces a virtual ban on teaching in any language apart from the Ukrainian.
The following provision of the law was adopted in the second reading: beginning with 2018 only the junior school will retain the grades, in which the teaching will be carried out in minority languages. Teaching in these languages will stop in the 5th grade, from that time in the children will be taught in Ukrainian only. This provision will last till 2020 only. Beginning with 2020 the education will be in Ukrainian only.
The law provides small favors for the representatives of “the indigenous people’s” (they will be allowed to study in separate grades), as well as for English and the languages of the European Union, in which teaching of several subjects can be conducted (perhaps, this must pacify the Hungarians and Romanians). Education in Russian will be eliminated totally.

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.