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Section: Human Rights Watch (USA)

      Q & A: Ukraine’s Presidential Election, A Human Rights Background

      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 other candidates for the post. Candidates have largely focused on the conflict in...

      Ukraine: Rights Agenda for the Next President

      Expand People wait at passport control after crossing the contact line between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops in Mayorsk, Ukraine, February 25, 2019. Many pensioners spend hours queuing, in cold, heat, rain or snow, to cross the line because they rely on their social benefits, only accessible on the government-controlled side. © 2019...

      Ukraine: Human Rights Backsliding as Election Looms

      Expand Anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin. © 2016 Private (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 violence against minority communities, including...

      Russian Authorities Increase Pressure on Crimean Human Rights Lawyer

      Expand Law enforcement officials during the search in Emil Kurbedinov’s office, Bakhchysarai, Crimea, January 26, 2017. © 2017 Anton Naumlyik (RFE/RL) 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...

      Important that Ukraine Respects Human Rights under New Martial Law

      Expand Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, May 12, 2016. © 2016 Reuters The Ukrainian parliament has voted to enforce the declaration of martial law in Ukraine’s 10 regions that border Russia, following clashes between the two countries’ forces earlier this week. According to numerous media...

      Ukraine: Barriers to Free Movement for Older People

      Expand An older man with a disability sits on an old luggage cart preparing to cross the Stanitsa Luhanska border point in Eastern Ukraine. With wheelchairs rarely available, older people and others with mobility disabilities may resort to crossing by carts or sleds pushed by strangers, for a fee. April 6, 2018. © 2018 John Wendle for Human...

      Ukraine Shouldn’t Abandon Human Rights under New Martial Law

      Expand Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, May 12, 2016. © 2016 Reuters On November 26, the Ukrainian parliament voted in favor of enforcing the declaration of martial law in Ukraine’s 10 regions that border Russia, including Russia-occupied Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in...

      The Blocked and the Bad: The Internet in Uzbekistan

      HRW’s Steve Swerdlow speaks with VOA journalist Navbahor Imamova about her daily struggle with Uzbekistan’s notoriously troublesome online connection to the outside world. Both VOA and HRW (among many other news sites and human rights organizations) are often blocked in Uzbekistan, but it’s patchy, inconsistent and...

      Ukraine: Address Attacks against Activists and Human Rights Defenders

      More than 50 attacks on activists and human rights defenders in Ukraine have been recorded by local human rights organizations in just the last nine months, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, and Frontline Defenders said today. Those under attack include people working to defend the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and...

      Ukraine: Ensure All Pensioners Have Access to Benefits

      Expand Pensioners queuing in front of a state bank branch in government-controlled Stanitsa Luhanska. March 22, 2018. © 2018 Tanya Cooper (Kyiv) – Ukraine’s policy requiring pensioners from separatist-controlled parts of eastern Ukraine to leave and register as displaced persons in government-controlled areas to receive their pension is...

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