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Revise Draft before Final Vote

(Berlin) – Ukraine’s draft legislation to reform the security services would grant them broad powers in intelligence and law enforcement, without essential safeguards against abuse of these powers. Parliament should postpone the final vote on the…
Lawmakers attend a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine December 21, 2017.
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Limit Powers, Address Human Rights Concerns

(Berlin) – Ukraine’s parliament should not squander the opportunity presented by the current commitment to reform of Ukraine’s security service (SSU), and instead should address shortcomings in the reform proposals, 23 civil society groups including…
Lawmakers attend a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine December 21, 2017.
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Potential Complicity in Unlawful Detention of ISIS Suspects, Children

Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden should promptly repatriate their nationals unlawfully held in life-threatening conditions in northeast Syria, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the four governments today.…
Children fly a kite at al-Hol camp in northeast Syria. 
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Law Could Strengthen Effective Prosecution of War Crimes

(Kyiv) A bill adopted by Ukraine’s parliament on May 20, 2021, could help authorities prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity domestically, Human Rights Watch said today. The law, On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts on the…
Lawmakers attend a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine December 21, 2017.
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Mark Istanbul Convention’s 10th Anniversary with Action

(Berlin) – Council of Europe member states should reinforce efforts to combat violence against women by swiftly ratifying and carrying out a landmark regional convention on women’s rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch released…
People gathered in Istanbul in March 2021 to protest Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, a treaty designed to safeguard women from gender-based violence. 
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Detained in Dire Conditions; Urgently Need Consular Support

(Berlin) – Regional authorities in northeast Syria are unlawfully detaining an estimated 40 Ukrainian women and children in inhuman and degrading conditions in camps, Human Rights Watch said today. They are among nearly 43,000 foreigners linked to the…
A boy flies a home-made kite in the foreigners’ section of al-Hol camp in northeast Syria on March 15, 2021.
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Parliament Should Protect Workers, Withdraw Draft Amendments

(Kyiv) – Ukraine’s parliament is considering draft amendments to the country’s trade union law that, if adopted, would impose serious and unjustified restrictions on workers’ rights to freedom of association, Human Rights Watch said today. They would…
Lawmakers attend a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine December 21, 2017.
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Online Posts Target Reporter and Her Family

(Kyiv) – A Ukrainian journalist who wrote about the alleged influence of far-right groups on a fact-checking organization is receiving death threats, and her personal information has been published online, Human Rights Watch said today. The…
Katerina Sergatskova, an independent Ukrainian journalist who has faced threats online in response to her reporting.
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Mandated Use of Covid-19 Tracking App Leaves People Trapped

(Kyiv) – Dozens of people are stranded in a “gray zone” between the warring parties in eastern Ukraine, unable to cross the line separating areas controlled by the government from those controlled by Russia-backed armed groups, Human Rights Watch said…
People queue before leaving the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and crossing a separation line with Ukraine at a checkpoint, which was temporary closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak and then reopened, in Donetsk Region, Ukraine. June 22, 2020.
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Authorities Close Crossing Points in Eastern Ukraine Due to COVID-19

(Kyiv) – Ukrainian authorities, in response to the threat of COVID-19, shut down all movement across the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, but they have not made adequate provisions for those who may be stranded as a result, Human…
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Anti-Corruption Measures Advance, Other Problems Stalled

(Kyiv) – Ukraine’s government under newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky took several positive steps in 2019, although Ukraine’s human rights record remained mixed, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020. …
Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, jailed on groundless terrorism charges in Russia, hugs his daughter at a welcoming ceremony at Borispil International Airport outside Kiev.
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Failing Diplomatic Talks Show Need for a Different Path

(Geneva) – Almost three in every four people responding to a new poll in 10 European countries want their governments to work for an international treaty prohibiting lethal autonomous weapons systems, Human Rights Watch said today. At…
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Officials Defy European Court Order

(Kyiv) – A Crimean Tatar activist who has been in pretrial detention for almost eight months is very ill and needs urgent expert medical attention, Human Rights Watch said today. Russian officials in Crimea should immediately transfer the…
Edem Bekirov in court.
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Ease Hardship on Older People in Conflict Areas

(Kyiv) – Ukraine’s new government should intensify efforts to protect the rights of older Ukrainians living in nongovernment-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to President Volodymyr…
An older man with a disability sits on an old luggage cart preparing to cross the Stanitsa Luhanska border point in Eastern Ukraine.
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Vadym Komarov Died from Injuries in May Attack

(Kyiv) – Ukrainian authorities should ensure an effective and impartial investigation into the killing of Vadym Komarov, an investigative journalist who died in Kyiv on June 20, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Komarov had severe head injuries from an…
Cherkasy-based journalist Vadym Komarov.
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Groups Seek Greater Action to Halt Abuse

(Kyiv) – Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, should address several key human rights concerns as a central part of his administration’s agenda and make good on promises of reform, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Freedom…
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23 Activists Arrested on ‘Terrorism’ Charges

(Berlin) – Russia’s arrest on March 27 and 28, 2019 of 23 Crimean Tatar activists was an unprecedented move to intensify pressure on a group largely critical of Russia’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula, Human Rights Watch said today.…
Law enforcement officials during the search in Emil Kurbedinov’s office, Bakhchysarai, Crimea, January 26, 2017.
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Questions and Answers About Key Human Rights Issues

(Berlin) – The winner of Ukraine’s upcoming presidential election will face a number of major human rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing a question and answer document about human rights issues.  Ukraine will…
People wait at passport control after crossing the contact line between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops in Mayorsk, Ukraine, February 25, 2019.
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On March 31, Ukrainians will go to the polls to vote in the country’s second presidential elections since fighting began five years ago between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed armed groups. President Petro Poroshenko will face off against a record 43…
People wait at passport control after crossing the contact line between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops in Mayorsk, Ukraine, February 25, 2019.
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Poor Response to Hate Violence; Rising Threats to Critics

(Kyiv) – Attacks on activists and government critics proliferated in Ukraine during 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. The Ukrainian government did little to prevent or punish the attacks or to stem rising…
Anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin.