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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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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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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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Government Should Stop Requiring Pensioners to Register as Displaced Persons

Ukrainians living in regions controlled by Russian-backed armed groups face many challenges when crossing the line of contact between their homes and Ukrainian-controlled territory. But many have no choice: Half the one million people…
Pensioners queuing in front of a state bank branch in government-controlled Stanitsa Luhanska. March 22, 2018.
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Government Eases Crossing Pass Requirements, Should Stop Pension Discrimination

On March 28, Ukraine did away with expiration dates for electronic passes that allow civilians to travel between government-controlled territory and areas controlled by Russia-backed armed groups in the country’s east. This move marks a…
People walking across the crossing point at Stanitsa Luhanska.
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Government Checks Rights to Assemble, Bans Opposition Demonstrations

In a crackdown on both the opposition and the right to assemble, Cameroonian authorities have banned a week of demonstrations planned by the opposition Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) party. On April 5, the Ministry of…
Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto was arrested in Douala on January 28, 2019 for what appears to be politically motivated reasons.
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Justice Ministry Calls for Emil Kurbedinov’s Expulsion from Bar Association

Few human rights lawyers are brave enough to work in Crimea these days. A recent letter from Russia’s Ministry of Justice to Crimean defense lawyer Emil Kurbedinov threatening his profession is yet another stark reminder that Russian…
Law enforcement officials during the search in Emil Kurbedinov’s office, Bakhchysarai, Crimea, January 26, 2017.
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Pavlo Hryb, 20, Abducted and Held on Terrorism Charges in Russia

Pavlo Hryb’s ordeal began in January 2017, when he struck up an online friendship with Tatiana, then a 17-year-old from Sochi. Their friendship – which appeared to blossom into a romance – would eventually lead the 20-year-old Ukrainian…
Pavlo Hryb during his court hearing in Rostov-On-Don, July 23, 2018.
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Other Countries Should Follow Mexico’s Lead

Ensuring good health care at the start of life is a longstanding goal for the global community, and major funding backs efforts to reduce maternal and child deaths. By contrast, health care at the end of life – a need almost as…
Doña Remedios and her daughter at the pharmacy of the National Cancer Institute in Mexico City, Mexico on September 1, 2014 to fill a prescription for morphine. They have to travel for several hours to procure the medication because there are no hospitals
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Annual Day Promotes Accountability for Attacks on the Media

For reporters at risk around the world – because they’re exposing corruption, covering conflict, or afflicting the comfortable – today matters: it’s the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. You’d think a group of professional…
Somali photojournalist runs for cover while reporting on fighting between the Somali government and African Union forces against the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, April 2012.
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Journalists Covering the Conflict in Eastern Ukraine Targeted

Journalists in Ukraine, especially those covering the armed conflict in the east, often put their safety on the line to get their stories out. But in recent months their job became even riskier, and not because of bullets and mortar fire. They are…
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, May 12, 2016.
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A left-wing political activist has been convicted of inciting separatism and extremist activities, the latest in a series of criminal prosecutions in Russia against people who dare speak their minds online. Unless the…
Russia's President Putin meets with representatives of Internet Initiatives Development Fund outside of Moscow, March 27, 2015.
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The Internet has been long described as an “island of freedom” in Russia’s dramatically shrinking space for free speech – the cyber inheritor of the kitchen, which was the only (relatively) safe place for debate in the Soviet era. But, alarmed by this…
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A lot has been said about Russia’s information war on Ukraine. Russia continues to churn ever more brain-melting misinformation, all the while free expression in the country is being smothered. Sadly, Ukraine sometimes seems determined to beat…
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Ever since I learned last week that Dmytro Bulatov, a leading Ukrainian activist and a father of three small kids, had disappeared,I have not stopped worrying about whether he was dead or alive. The same day that Bulatov disappeared, another “Maidan”…