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COVID-19 in Europe, the Central Eurasian Region, and Turkey

What are some of your biggest concerns about the coronavirus moving through Europe and Central Asia? Europe is one of the world’s epicenters of COVID-19 cases. There’s an awful death toll in Italy and Spain with the numbers of dead going up…
Military police officers patrol at a market in Budapest, Hungary, March 31, 2020.
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Ensure Due Process; Investigate Torture, Liberty Violations

(Berlin) – Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) arbitrarily detained a Ukrainian woman, held her incommunicado, and tortured her, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities charged the woman, Daria Mastikasheva, with treason, and a court in Dnipro has…
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Step Up Aid for Residents Fleeing Eastern Regions, Crimea

(Berlin) – 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…
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Ukraine is about more than Yulia Tymoshenko and a soccer tournament. That is surely running through the minds of Ukrainian officials as the European football championships, hosted by Ukraine and Poland, start. Weeks of negative publicity on why…
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Hunger Strike Highlights Flaws in Asylum System

(Moscow, February 1, 2012) - The Ukrainian authorities should immediately stop police harassment and threats against Somali asylum seekers held at the Zhuravychi Migrant Accommodation Centre, Human Rights Watch said today. In a letter sent to the…
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Detainees describe torture at the hands of Ukrainian officials

KIEV, Ukraine — In recent years we have all discovered that law-based, civilized societies have used torture against terrorism suspects. Still, when I went to Ukraine in June to investigate the treatment of migrants, I did not expect to find torture. We…
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The year's end will be the first anniversary of an agreement between the European Union and Ukraine to take back "third country nationals" who cross borders without permission. Readmission agreements are a cornerstone of the EU's strategy to stop the…
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Buffeted in the Borderland The Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Migrants in Ukraine Map of Ukraine I. Summary Detention of Migrants Ukraine’s Dysfunctional Asylum System Unaccompanied Children…
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EU Ignoring Abuse of Those Sent Back, Lack of Protection for Refugees and Children

(Kyiv) - Migrants and asylum seekers, including children, risk abusive treatment and arbitrary detention at the hands of Ukrainian border guards and police, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Some migrants recounted how officials tortured…
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Policies Should Ensure Rights Protection for Migrants, Asylum Seekers

European Union efforts to shift responsibility for migration to countries beyond EU borders threaten the human rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today. On Friday, European leaders are…
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Ukraine has deported 10 asylum seekers to Uzbekistan, where they face torture and abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. These deportations violate international law. On the night of February 14-15, a group of 10 Uzbek men was deported to Uzbekistan,…
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Ukraine: On the Margins Rights Violations against Migrants and Asylum Seekers at the New Eastern Border of the European Union Executive Summary Key Recommendations Background Migration Trends…
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EU Policies Toward Migration Are Key to Tackling Problem

Ukraine regularly subjects migrants and asylum seekers to abuse, including extended detention in appalling conditions, violence, extortion, robbery and forced returns to face torture or persecution, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today on…