Ukraine: Justice Pending for Killings of Journalists and Activists

Human Rights and Liberty Blog

Amidst global insecurity for journalists and rights activists – and against the backdrop of the five-year long armed conflict in the east, the occupation of Crimea and all-pervading corruption – Ukraine has suffered from a string of attacks and killings. In most cases, impunity prevails. The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine is calling for effective investigation into all cases. It is also supporting judicial and legal reforms in the country, and is advising the Government in ensuring accountability.

“He was unstoppable, irreconcilable”

“He was vocal on matters that others were afraid to cover, mainly on local corruption schemes. His persistence is already missing in the local media landscape,” said Valerii Makeev, a lawyer from Cherkasy, Ukraine, speaking about his late friend, journalist Vadym Komarov.

In June 2019, Komarov, 55, died after a brutal attack. “I have no doubts he was killed for his work as a journalist. It…

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