Category Archives: Human Rights

China, Russia Among Rights Abusers Elected To UN Human Rights Council

October 14, 2020 00:07 GMT – By RFE/RL China and Russia were among 15 countries elected to the UN Human Rights Council on October 13, drawing sharp criticism from rights groups and the United States over their abysmal human rights records. The 193-member UN General Assembly also elected Ivory Coast, Gabon, Malawi, Cuba, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, France, and Britain to the 47-member

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STAND UP

If You Care About Your Own Freedom, Support Hong Kong Edward Lucas06 July 2020​ The blockade of West Berlin started the old cold war with the Soviet Union. The squeeze on Hong Kong has launched the new one with China. The communist regime in mainland China is crushing the former British colony. “One country, two systems” is over. The new national

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UN releases second report on human rights situation in occupied Crimea

The interim report of the UN Secretary-General on the “Situation of Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine” has been released as mandated by United Nations General Assembly resolution 74/168. The report covers the period of 1 July to 31 December 2019. “I am honoured to present reports by the Secretary General and

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UN Secretary-General’s report on Crimea reveals new violations of Russia

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who published a report on human rights violations in the temporarily occupied Crimea in pursuance of the General Assembly resolution, has clearly documented Russia’s new violations of international humanitarian law. “The report of the UN Secretary-General clearly defines the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as the territories of Ukraine which are temporarily

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SBU names number of Ukrainians held captive in occupied Donbas

23:30, 05 May 2020 The security agency has told how a list of those gone missing in the occupied areas is being formed. The number of Ukrainians held by Russian-controlled forces in the occupied Donbas exceeds 200, says the Security Service of Ukraine. As of April 30, 2020, a total of 214 persons remain in captivity, the latest data say,

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Prominent Russian Journalist, Lawyer Attacked in Chechnya

A group of men and women attacked an investigative journalist and a lawyer in Russia’s republic of Chechnya overnight, the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper which employs the journalist said Friday. Yelena Milashina and lawyer Marina Dubrovina arrived in the Chechen capital of Grozny to attend the trial of a disabled blogger who was jailed after publishing a video of the

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Russia’s Share of European Human Rights Cases Hits 7-Year High

The share of Russian cases in Europe’s top human rights court has reached a seven-year high in 2019, the Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday, citing the court’s annual report. Russia remains the runaway leader in the number of pending cases among the 47 member states that fall under the court’s jurisdiction, according to European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) data.

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UN General Assembly to consider draft resolution on human rights in occupied Crimea

The document condemns mass detentions of human rights activists, urges the Russian government of Crimea to stop poitical persecutions and condemns the practice of forced military draft to Russia’s Armed Forces The UN General Assembly will consider a draft resolution on protection of human rights in the occupied Crimea. The bill was pre-approved on November 14.  This is mentioned in

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EU Report: Human Rights Situation in Crimea Deteriorates, Reforms make Swift Advance

” … Ukraine’s attachment to the democratic principles and values it shares with the EU occupied much of the time and energy of the country’s political leaders and institutions” The European Commission issued its 2019 report on the country’s implementation of commitments under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, citing six key areas, including political dialogue, governance, and strengthening institutions; security; and

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Russians Increasingly Value Free Speech, Civil Rights – Poll

The share of Russians who view free speech, the right to a fair trial and other civil rights as important freedoms has increased by double digits in two years, according to the independent Levada Center pollster. Experts and sociologists link the double-digit growth in the importance of civil rights issues among Russians to events surrounding recent anti-government protests, falling living

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Russia Disbands Prominent Activist’s Human Rights NGO

Russia’s Supreme Court has disbanded veteran activist Lev Ponomaryov’s civil rights group months after authorities labeled it a “foreign agent,” Interfax reported Friday. Russia’s Justice Ministry blacklisted For Human Rights as a foreign agent alongside two of Ponomaryov’s other NGOs in February after an inspection into its political activity while receiving funding from abroad. Ponomaryov, 78, spent over two weeks

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Crimea: Conscription Violates International Law

Russia Flouting Human Rights Obligations Five Years into Occupation (Kyiv) – Russian authorities are conscripting males in occupied Crimea to serve in the Russian armed forces, Human Rights Watch said today. International humanitarian law explicitly forbids Russia from compelling Crimean residents to serve in its armed forces. The authorities have imposed criminal penalties against those who refuse to comply with

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