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Council of Europe: continent facing worst human rights crisis since Cold War
April 17, 2014
The Council of Europe's (COE) Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland issued a report Wednesday addressing the dire human rights issues Europe is facing. Jagland stated in the report that more action needs to be taken due to the Ukrainian crisis creating a negative impact on European society. In the pr....... [more]

UN report finds rights violations in Ukraine
April 16, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a report Tuesday finding rights violations leading up to and stemming from widespread protests that began last November. The report indicates that corruption remains one of the chief problems in Ukraine, generating much of the un....... [more]

UN urges peaceful solution in Ukraine
April 14, 2014
The UN Security Council convened Sunday to address violence occurring in the Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russia militias. Ukrainian special forces reportedly exchanged gunfire with the militias early Sunday, resulting in at least one death and several injuries. Sources indicate that th....... [more]

HRW: New Ukraine law threatens judicial independence
April 10, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday criticized a law passed by the Ukrainian parliament , saying that it violates judicial independence and should be struck down. The law, On Restoring Confidence in the Judiciary, sets forth circumstances under which a judge could be put through judicial review an....... [more]

France court overturns extradition of former Kazakhstan energy minsiter
April 9, 2014
A French appellate court on Wednesday overturned the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. In January, a French trial court in the Aix-En Province agreed to extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, both o....... [more]

Ukraine implicates members of elite police force in protester shooting
April 3, 2014
An inquiry by the interim Ukrainian government on Wednesday implicated members of the special Berkut riot police in the deaths of 76 anti-government protesters in Kiev in February. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov presented initial findings before reporters indicating twelve members of the elite polic....... [more]

US Congress approves legislation to aid Ukraine
March 28, 2014
Both the US Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday approved nearly identical bills that would send a $1 billion aid package to Ukraine and place new sanctions on Russia. The bill passed by a vote of 98-2 in the Senate and 399-19 in the House. Despite the overwhelming support of the bill....... [more]

UN invalidates Crimea referendum
March 28, 2014
The UN General Assembly approved a resolution on Thursday declaring the Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine invalid. The resolution calls upon all UN states, international organizations and specialty agencies not to recognize any change in status of the Crimean region despite the referendum ....... [more]

Criminalization of Defamation in Ukraine: A Step Towards Europe?
March 27, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Pavlo Malyuta, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Class of 2016, comments on the passage of new Ukrainian laws that restrict fundamental rights such as freedom of speech and assembly ... On January 16, 2014 the Supreme Council of Ukraine adopted a number of controversi....... [more]

Recent Events in Ukraine and Crimea
March 25, 2014
The Ukrainian Crisis The Ukrainian government under President Viktor Yanukovych announced on November 21, 2013, that it had suspended preparation for a trade deal with the European Union. The decision purportedly came about as a result of intense pressure from the Russian Federation to reject the....... [more]

Post-USSR Russian relations with Ukraine and Crimea
March 25, 2014
Ukraine is an independent nation in Eastern Europe and a former republic of the Soviet Union. In 1954, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev transferred Crimea from Russia to Ukraine. When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, the region remained under Ukrainian control. Ethnic Russians have continued to c....... [more]




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