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Russia Must Recognize Ukraine Rebels’ Human Rights Abuses

Author(s): Ole Solvang During a news conference in Moscow last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized laws-of-war violations by Ukrainian government forces, referring to a Human Rights Watch report I wrote about the government’s unlawful use of unguided rockets in populated areas. Since Lavrov is concerned about laws-of-war violations, there are other issues he should be […]

In Crimea, churches say Russia is placing new restrictions on them

by Peter Kenny Russian officials who seized control of Crimea from Ukraine are placing new restrictions on churches and Islamic institutions there, a Scandinavian news service in freedom of religion and belief reports. Since March, when Russian annexed Crimea places of worship and individuals of some faiths (including followers of Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the […]

Ukraine: Mounting evidence of abduction and torture

Amnesty International has gathered graphic and compelling evidence of savage beatings and other torture meted out against activists, protesters and journalists in eastern Ukraine over the last three months. A new briefing, Abductions and Torture in Eastern Ukraine, details the findings of a research trip to Kyiv and south-eastern Ukraine in recent weeks. It documents allegations […]

ECHR finds rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses violated in Russia

MOSCOW, June 26 (RAPSI, Oleg Panfilov) - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held Thursday that Russia violated the rights of members of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Moscow during armed police raid in 2006. The court found that Russia has violated Article 5 (Rights to liberty and security) and 9 (Freedom of thought, conscience and religion) […]

RUSSIA: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Muslims face up to six years’ imprisonment

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service Four of the 16 Jehovah’s Witnesses on criminal trial in Taganrog and both the Muslim women whose criminal trial in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk is imminent face up to six years’ imprisonment each if convicted. All have been accused of organising an “extremist” religious community banned by […]

Soviet practice of psychiatric evaluation of political criminals reemerges in Russia today

UCSJ STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF RUSSIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST Mrs. TATYANA KOTLYAR With nearly 50 years of involvement, the UCSJ has extensive experience in supporting human rights activists in the former Soviet Union.  After years of such experience, UCSJ has observed that too often in Russian history, authorities have persecuted brave, honest, heroic, and innocent people […]

Azerbaijan, Poised to Assume European Rights Post, Detains Prominent Human Rights Advocate Leyla Yunus

http://www.azadliq.org/content/article/25365863.html   Authorities in Azerbaijan have detained the country’s most prominent human rights activist, Leyla Yunus and her husband, Arif Yunus on April, 28.According to witnesses, the couple was at Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International airport on the way to Doha when they were stopped by four security agents and taken for questioning.Mehman Aliyev, who was […]

In Eastern Ukraine, Torture Is New Weapon

by Claire Bigg http://www.rferl.org/content/eastern-ukraine-torture-weapon/25387572.html When he ripped down a separatist flag from the main government building in Novohradovka, his hometown in eastern Ukraine, Oleksandr Hurov knew he was in for trouble. Retaliation was quick, and ruthless. Two weeks later, the 36-year-old coalminer lies in a Kyiv hospital with a fractured jaw, a broken nose, a […]

Ukraine: Captives Describe Brutal Beatings

Anti-Kiev Forces Should Halt Abductions, Release Dozens Held   (Donetsk) – Self-proclaimed authorities in eastern Ukraine should immediately release people held in captivity and put an end to abductions by armed men acting on their behalf. The fate of dozens of captives remains unknown, and those released whom Human Rights Watch interviewed reported severe beatings in captivity. […]