Contents tagged with human rights violations

  • Human rights activists have demanded that Russia be excluded from the UNHRC

    More than 80 human rights and humanitarian organizations have signed a petition to prevent the election of Russia into the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). According to British newspaper, The Independent, they are in opposition because of Russia’s policy towards Syria.

    The organizations involved include the Human Rights Watch and Care International.

    The newspaper noted that the petition appeared shortly before the next voting session on the structure of the UNHRC, which will be held on Friday. …

  • Poroshenko expects UN to adopt declaration on human rights violations in Crimea

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that he expects the UN General Assembly to adopt a declaration recognizing human rights violations in the Crimea, particularly in regards to Crimean Tatars, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    Poroshenko said as much during his speech at the annual meeting of Yalta European Strategy in Kyiv.

    "For two and a half days, I'll have a lot of meetings at the UN. We hope that the UN General Assembly will adopt a declaration on the violation of core human rights in …

  • Mejlis urges Crimean Tatars to publicize human rights abuses

    The First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Nariman Dzhelal, called on the Crimean Tatar community activists and all those who suffered from political repression in the Crimea to maximize the publicity of all human rights violations, in a statement to Krym.Realii.

    "On the very first day, when Ilmi Umerov (deputy head of Mejlis) was taken to a psychiatric institution, we immediately began to photograph everything and to report on the conditions here. That is why now, a …

  • OSCE: Human trafficking has increased considerably due to the war in eastern Ukraine

    The OSCE’s Special Representative and Coordinator to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, Ambassador Madina Jarbussynova, announced at a press briefing that the war in eastern Ukraine has led to a significant increase in the number of people who find themselves in human trafficking networks.

    "Ukraine remains a country of origin, transit and the country of those who fall into the hands of traffickers. The crisis in Ukraine only increased the number of people who are at risk and end up in …

  • Lawyer: The list of persecuted Crimean Tatars is getting longer every week

    Mark Feygin, a Russian lawyer, says that he has compiled a list of Crimean Tatars who are political prisoners and who are being persecuted on political grounds. According to him, this list is getting longer every week, Krym.Realii reported.

    He also says that the list should be included “in future resolutions and statements by official and non-governmental international organizations”.

    “It is at 18 people today, but this list grows with each passing week. We as the defenders of the Crimean …

  • The number of complaints of human rights violations in the Crimea has risen sharply

    "There is a sharp increase in the number of complaints about human rights violations in Crimea," said Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights, Tatyana Moskalkova, on Friday, June 17th, as reported by news portal. Moskalkova compared the data for the first five months of 2016 with the same period in 2015.

    "In the Southern Federal District, the number of complaints about human rights violations increased by 80 percent and in the Crimea, by 75 percent," said the ombudswoman. These are …

  • The UN says it has reliable information about Russian troop movements in the Donbas

    The UN Representative for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani, stated that the organization has reliable information about Russian troop movements in Ukraine, The Voice of America reports.

    “We have received credible reports of Russia’s military personnel movements across the border both to and from Ukraine. It contains heavy weapons as well. And the information is reliable,” the UN representative stated.

    Moreover, the UN report regarding the human rights situation in the Donbas states that about 2 …

  • US State Deparment calls for ending human rights violations in eastern Ukraine

    The US State Department has called on Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to stop human rights abuses, while at the same time appealing to the Ukrainian Government to investigate cases of human rights violations that were referred to in a recent UN report.

    This was stated by Deputy Spokesman of the State Department Mark Toner during a daily briefing on Friday.

    "We once again call on the so-called authorities in the separatist-controlled areas to cease their human rights abuses, …

  • German radio station: Prisoners are tortured in so-called DPR and LPR

    Deutschlandfunk radio reported that, according to Ukrainian human rights groups, prisoners are being tortured in 79 prisons in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

    The results of this investigation were published by the German public-law radio station Deutschlandfunk on the 18th of May. According to the radio station, human rights advocates are planning to transfer the collected materials to The Hague Tribunal for an investigation into possible war crimes.

    The head of …

  • European Parliament to adopt a resolution on human rights abuses against Crimean Tatars

    The European Parliament will adopt a resolution concerning the human rights violations of Crimean Tatars

    The European Parliament will hold a debate and adopt a resolution on violations by the Russian Federation of the rights of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea, as was noted on the agenda of the next plenary meeting of the EU legislature which will be held on 9-12 May in Strasbourg.

    "Debates and vote on a resolution on human rights violations of Crimean Tatars, standards of democracy and …