• Oct 7, 2014
    Press release
    At least seven people have been forcibly disappeared or gone missing in Crimea since May 2014, including two on September 27.
  • Sep 17, 2014
    Press release
    The Obama administration should urge Ukraine’s leadership to stop human rights violations by Ukrainian forces in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
  • Sep 4, 2014
    Press release
    Insurgent forces are detaining civilians on allegations of violating public order and then subjecting them to forced labor.
  • Sep 1, 2014
    Press release
    Unlawful government and insurgent attacks in and around Luhansk are contributing to rising civilian casualties. According to a morgue doctor in Luhansk, explosive weapons have killed more than 300 civilians in the city since May.
  • Aug 28, 2014
    Press release
    Russian-backed insurgent forces in eastern Ukraine are arbitrarily detaining civilians and subjecting them to torture, degrading treatment, and forced labor.
  • Aug 5, 2014
    Press release
  • Jul 24, 2014
    Press release
    Unguided Grad rockets launched apparently by Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias have killed at least 16 civilians and wounded many more in insurgent-controlled areas of Donetsk and its suburbs in at least four attacks between July 12 and 21, 2014.
  • Jul 21, 2014
    Press release
    Ukrainian authorities have not provided adequate protection and assistance to tens of thousands of Ukrainians who were forced to flee their homes, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President Petro Poroshenko. People have fled because of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.
  • Jun 30, 2014
    Press release
    Ukrainian government forces and armed insurgents in eastern Ukraine must respect the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said in a document published today. “Eastern Ukraine: Questions and Answers about the Laws of War” examines the development of the insurgency in eastern Ukraine into an internal armed conflict and the applicable international law that all the parties must respect.
  • Jun 6, 2014
    Press release
    Ukraine’s authorities should review counterinsurgency operations in southeast Ukraine to ensure that government forces are complying with all of their obligations under international law.
  • May 26, 2014
    Press release
    Ukrainian authorities should immediately release a journalist apparently forcibly disappeared since May 10, 2014 by government military forces in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.
  • May 24, 2014
    Press release
    Armed insurgents in eastern Ukraine have gone on a violence spree before the May 25, 2014 presidential elections, terrorizing staff of the district electoral commissions.
  • May 23, 2014
    Press release
    Anti-Kiev forces in eastern Ukraine are abducting, attacking, and harassing people they suspect of supporting the Ukrainian government or consider undesirable
  • May 21, 2014
    Press release
    Ukrainian military and security services have detained three journalists with Russian news services, and border police have denied three more entry to Ukraine in recent days.
  • May 8, 2014
    Press release
    The Ukrainian government investigation into the violence in Odessa on May 2, 2014, should be thorough, impartial, and capable of ensuring that those responsible are held accountable, Human Rights Watch said today in a joint statement with Amnesty International.
  • May 5, 2014
    Press release
    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.
  • Apr 28, 2014
    Press release
    The escalating crisis in Ukraine is putting journalists and political activists at increasing risk of political-motivated violence, such as unlawful detention, abduction and assaults. Steps to address the political crisis should include undertakings to end abuses against perceived opponents, the immediate release of all those held unlawfully, and accountability for criminal acts.
  • Apr 9, 2014
    Press release
    A law passed by the Ukrainian parliament on April 8, 2014, violates guarantees of judicial independence and should be set aside.
  • Mar 25, 2014
    Press release
    Armed groups in Crimea abducted two political activists, held them for 11 days in secret detention along with several other detainees, ill-treated both, and badly tortured one of them. The activists gave Human Rights Watch detailed accounts of what happened to them in captivity.
  • Mar 18, 2014
    Press release
    Crimean authorities should urgently conduct a thorough investigation into the enforced disappearance and subsequent killing of Reshat Ametov, a Crimean Tatar from the Simferopol region, and bring the perpetrators to justice.
  • Mar 14, 2014
    Press release
    Self-defense units and paramilitary forces in Crimea are abducting, attacking, and harassing activists and journalists.
  • Feb 10, 2014
    Press release
    Ukrainian border officials barred a prominent Russian human rights defender from entering the country. The Ukrainian government should reverse the decision and allow Andrei Yurov to enter Ukraine and carry out his human rights work.
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Press release
    Ukrainian police assaulted and injured dozens of journalists and medical workers while trying to disperse street fighters and protesters in Kiev from January 19 to 22, 2014. Ukraine’s international partners should press Ukraine to investigate serious human rights violations and prosecute those responsible in accordance with international due process standards.
  • Jan 25, 2014
    Press release
    One of the leaders of Kiev’s protest movement has been missing since January 22, 2014. Dmytro Bulatov, 35, is the third protest activist who has disappeared in the past week. Human Rights Watch called on Ukrainian authorities to urgently undertake a thorough investigation to locate him and ensure his safety and well-being.
  • Jan 23, 2014
    Press release
    Riot police brutally beat several people, including a 17-year-old, who were detained on January 20, 2014, during a standoff in Kiev. In the early hours the next day, unidentified assailants kidnapped two activists from a hospital and severely beat them; the body of one of them was found the next day.
  • Jan 18, 2014
    Press release
    The Ukrainian parliament should immediately repeal new legislation that requires some independent groups to register as “foreign agents” and introduces numerous restrictions on public demonstrations, media, and the Internet.
  • Jan 9, 2014
    Press release
    The French authorities should not extradite Mukhtar Ablyazov, a recognized refugee and an outspoken government critic, to Kazakhstan. In Kazakhstan, he would be at serious risk of ill-treatment and would face a flagrant denial of his fair trial rights. The French authorities also should not send Ablyazov to any country that might return him to Kazakhstan.