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Crimean Tatar Leader Arrested on Bogus Criminal Charges

In today’s Crimea, to be a member of the Crimean Tatar community is to be a target for the authorities. In the early hours of September 4, Russia’s security services raided the house of Nariman Dzhelyal, a deputy chairman of the Crimean Tatar…
Nariman Dzhelyal in Crimea in 2019. 
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Jailed Journalist’s Health Deteriorates After Alleged Torture in Custody

The health of a Ukrainian journalist in custody in Simferopol on the Crimean peninsula is reported to be deteriorating, following alleged torture by Russian security services. Vladyslav Yesypenko, a freelance journalist who covered environmental…
A man holds a placard that says "Journalism is Not a Crime" and "#FreeYesypenko"
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Potential Escalation in Hostilities Requires Focus on Civilian Protection

International attention to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine had faded in recent years. Recent reports of Russia massing troops near Ukraine’s border have brought it back into focus. Monitors reported a significant uptick in hostilities in…
Український солдат на спостережному посту у бліндажі біля прифронтового міста Красногорівка на сході України.
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Russia Should Stop Using Unfounded Terrorism Charges for Purposes of Persecution

On February 17, Russia’s security services and national guard raided the homes of seven Muslim men in Crimea — six of them Crimean Tatars. At four in the morning, armed men banged on the doors and windows of their homes in Sevastopol, Bakhchisaray…
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13 Protesters Detained, Face Fines

Ukrainian activists gather every year on January 19 to commemorate the anniversary of the killing of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova, both gunned down by a radical nationalist in Moscow in 2009. In previous…
Поліція затримує протестуючих на протесті проти безкарності за ультраправе насильство, Київ, Україна, 19 січня 2021 року.
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Decision Recognizes Abuses in Crimea Are Attributable to Russia

On January 14, the European Court of Human Rights issued a significant decision accepting Ukraine’s complaint alleging that Russia is responsible for multiple human rights violations in Crimea. This decision is very important. While the Court did…
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Government Should Protect LGBT People from Violence, Discrimination

William Alejandro Martínez, a trans man from Honduras, stood up for his rights when military police officers stopped him in Comayagüela in May 2019 and asked to see his identity card. They questioned him about his gender identity, physically assaulted…
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Another Unjust Verdict Against Crimean Tatars

Last week, a Russian military court sentenced seven Crimean Tatars to prison terms ranging from 13 to 19 years. It is part of a pattern of politically motivated prosecutions that has been happening in Russia-occupied Crimea for the past six years.…
Активисты «Крымской солидарности» во время вынесения приговора 16 сентября 2020 г.
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Independent Review Recommends Funding to Address Harms

An external review of the World Bank Group’s private funding institutions found that social and environmental abuses caused by their development projects went largely unaddressed, leaving victims without remedies. The review focused on the…
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Ukraine Should Join The 34 Other European States That Have Ratified the Istanbul Convention

Violence against women and girls in Ukraine remains a serious problem. A 2019 study by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Ukraine found that two-thirds of women surveyed said they had “experienced psychological, physical or sexual…
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky looks on during a press conference in the garden of the Mariinsky Palace in Kyiv, May 22, 2020.
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Encouraging Signs They Are Set to Take More Leading Role

The Nordic countries proudly express steadfast commitment to human rights as a priority in foreign policy, but have been disappointingly inconsistent in practice. Sweden launched a feminist foreign policy in 2014 – a laudable approach that failed…
An Icelandic flag hangs outside a shop in Reykjavik, October 27, 2016.
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Russian Authorities Trying to Silence Information Flow from Occupied Crimea

Russian authorities barred an independent Ukrainian journalist, Taras Ibragimov, from entering Crimea last weekend and issued him a 34-year-ban. Ibragimov had traveled regularly to Crimea the past four years, and in May 2019 joined me…
Taras Ibragimov in Simperopol, Crimea, in May 2019.
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Six Years Later, Investigations Stall into Killings of Protesters, Other Abuses

A lawyer who represents families of activists killed during Maidan protests in Kyiv in the winter of 2013 to 2014 has gone on a hunger strike. Evgeniya Zakrevskaya is protesting what many Ukrainian activists fear may be a…
A man lays flowers to the memorial of dead Maidan activists during the anniversary in Kyiv
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Over 750 Ukrainian Education Facilities Damaged, Destroyed in Fighting

Ukraine has chosen World Children's Day to announce its endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration, an international political commitment to make schools safe even during times of war. They are the 100th country to back the declaration…
School in Nikishine, eastern Ukraine, damaged during fighting between Ukrainian government and rebel forces from Aug. 2014 to Feb. 2015.
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Deepening Repression in Occupied Crimea

A Russian military court today sentenced activist and blogger Nariman Memedeminov to two and a half years in prison for “making public calls for terrorism.” The prosecution was just the latest in the government’s relentless persecution…
Crimean blogger and activist Nariman Memedeminov at his court hearing, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
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Reported Killings of LGBT Hondurans Increased in 2019

The LGBT Pride March in Honduras’s San Pedro Sula, which drew 450 people, was the uplifting culmination of a week of Pride activities that also included more sober reflections, such as a candlelight vigil for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and…
A Honduran trans woman participates in the Pride March in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
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A Total of 70 Prisoners Included in the Swap

After several increasingly tense weeks amid swirling rumors, a much-anticipated large-scale prisoner swap has finally happened between Russia and Ukraine. Among those who arrived in Kyiv this Saturday afternoon, newly released from…
奥列格・森佐夫在乌克兰基辅鲍里斯波尔国际机场受到家属热情迎接,2019年9月7日。
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Proposed Secure and Protect Act Attempts to Block Asylum Claims

If you follow the twisted logic of Senator Lindsey Graham’s Secure and Protect Act to its ultimate conclusion, the US would all but shut its doors to Central American refugees – full stop. A vote on the bill in the US Senate Committee…
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21 EU-Ukraine Summit Starts Monday in Kyiv

On Monday, the EU-Ukraine summit will take place in Kyiv – the first for Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy since he took office in May.  This summit – the 21st – is an important opportunity for the EU to reaffirm its expectations of Ukraine in terms…
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