Ukraine Human Rights

Recent protests in Ukraine have resulted in dozens of deaths, highlighting the urgent need to bring accountability to human rights violations and guarantee citizens' right to peaceful assembly. A relatively new state, independent only since 1991, post-Soviet Ukraine has been considering a closer association with the European Union. Some Ukrainians, however, wish to maintain close ties with Russia. The protests of late 2013 and early 2014 expressed anger over Ukraine's leadership's decision to halt the formalizing of closer ties with the European Union. Ukrainian authorities' attempt to disperse protests resulted in many deaths, including those of police officers.

A subsequent agreement between opposition leaders and the government offered hope for a peaceful resolution, after which the cabinet of Mr. Yanukovych, and the president himself, left the capital city. It is imperative that Ukrainian authorities conduct impartial investigation of protest-related human rights violations and hold all responsible parties to account.

Human rights violations in Ukraine are not limited to "EuroMaydan" events. In 2013, police torture and other ill-treatment remained widespread, and impunity for such acts continued. Failings in the criminal justice system led to lengthy periods of pre-trial detention, and a lack of safeguards for detainees. Refugees and asylum-seekers risked detention and forcible return to countries where they faced human rights violations. The rights of LGBTI individuals were at risk.

Read more: Amnesty International’s written statement to the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council

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December 14, 2016 • Report

Crimea: In the Dark: The silencing of dissent

The Crimean Tatar community has been subjected to systematic persecution by the Russian authorities since the occupation and illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, said Amnesty International in a report published today.

July 20, 2016 • Report

You Don’t Exist: Arbitrary Detentions, Enforced Disappearances, and Torture in Eastern Ukraine

Both the Ukrainian government authorities and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine are holding civilians in prolonged arbitrary, and sometimes secret detention and torturing them, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint report released today.

February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

September 2, 2015 • Report

Use of Force – Guidelines for Implementation of the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by law enforcement officials

From the streets of Ferguson, Missouri to the favelas of Brazil, the police use of force and firearms makes global headlines when it turns fatal.

May 21, 2015 • Report

Breaking Bodies: Torture and Summary Killings in Eastern Ukraine

Overwhelming evidence of ongoing war crimes, including torture and summary killings of prisoners, serve as a stark reminder of the brutal practices being committed on a near-daily basis in eastern Ukraine’s conflict, Amnesty International said in a comprehensive new briefing today.

February 25, 2015 • Report

State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change.

October 19, 2014 • Report

Summary Killings During the Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

An Amnesty International investigation into allegations of execution-style and other deliberate killings by pro-Russian separatists and pro-Kyiv forces has found evidence of isolated incidents attributable to both sides, but not on the scale reported by Russian media and authorities. Summary killing during the conflict in eastern Ukraine, presents the findings of research conducted in eastern Ukraine (Donbass) in late August and late September 2014 and interviews with victims of human rights abuses and their families, eyewitnesses, local officials in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, medical personnel and combatants on both sides.

May 29, 2013 • Report

Annual Report: Ukraine 2013

Ukraine Head of state Viktor Yanukovich Head of government Mykola Azarov Torture and other ill-treatment remained widespread, and impunity for such acts continued. Failings in the criminal justice system led …

May 20, 2013 • Report

Nothing To Be Proud Of: Discrimination Against LGBTI People In Ukraine

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people in Ukraine continue to face discrimination, and many are targeted for violence and abuse by public officials and members of the public. …

April 15, 2013 • Report

Ukraine: Don’t stop halfway. Government must use new Criminal Procedure Code to end torture.

The Ukrainian authorities must seize the current political opportunity to stop the high level of torture and other ill treatment being carried out by its police force by creating a genuinely independent, impartial and effective institution to investigate complaints against the police.