30 November 2023

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Re-education under the guise of recovery: how Belarus helps Russia to take Ukrainian children from the occupied territories

Re-education under the guise of recovery: how Belarus helps Russia to take Ukrainian children from the occupied territories

There is more and more information that the Republic of Belarus joined the deportation of Ukrainian children from the occupied territories of Ukraine. And even the analysis of open data suggests that the country’s leadership is involved in this process, not only its citizens. After all, it will not be possible to take children from the occupied regions without coordination with the officials. In addition, in every message of the Belarusian state media about the arrival of children from “Donbas for recovery,” the propagandists thank the self-proclaimed president Lukashenko for supporting this “initiative.” I

Women with disabilities share about their experience with volunteering and inclusion amidst the war in Ukraine

Women with disabilities share about their experience with volunteering and inclusion amidst the war in Ukraine

In this article, women with disabilities shared their experiences of living through the war, the challenges they face, particularly in the context of gender equality, and their plans for the post-war future

Is Ukraine’s strategy in the International Court of Justice justified, and what lessons should we learn?

Is Ukraine’s strategy in the International Court of Justice justified, and what lessons should we learn?

On January 31, 2024, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued a judgment in the case of Ukraine v. Russia. This is the first application to cover the armed conflict events between two countries since 2014. It focuses on the violation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination concerning the events in Crimea and the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism in the context of the situation in Donbas. Some Ukrainian officials described the decision as “historic.” It is hard to disagree, as this is the first decision of the ICJ on violations under both conventions. It is undoubtedly of great value in interpreting legal instruments for the development of international law.

“Mariupol is a pattern of Russian warfare” – how Russia destroyed the city

“Mariupol is a pattern of Russian warfare” – how Russia destroyed the city

ZMINA recounts the main points from the study “Our City Was Gone.” Russia’s Devastation of Mariupol, Ukraine"

How should Ukraine respond to court decisions issued during the occupation?

How should Ukraine respond to court decisions issued during the occupation?

Judges, prosecutors, and human rights activists shared their vision during the discussion “What should be the state’s approach to court decisions made during the occupation after the liberation of the territories of Ukraine?” organized by the ZMINA Human Rights Center.

Ukraine: Ten victories in human rights in 2023

Ukraine: Ten victories in human rights in 2023

ZMINA has compiled the most significant developments and events in the field of human rights that took place in 2023 in Ukraine

News

“Crippling strikes”: Russia destroyed key power plant in Kyiv oblast and aims to plunge Ukrainian cities into darkness (updated)

“Crippling strikes”: Russia destroyed key power plant in Kyiv oblast and aims to plunge Ukrainian cities into darkness (updated)

Armed Forces of Russian Federation launched another mass attack on Ukrainian critical infrastructure using Shahed kamikaze drones, cruise missiles launched from Tu-95MS aircraft, and Kinzhal hypersonic missiles and guided air missiles from Su-34 jets overnight on April 11

Russia has been suppressing freedom of expression and religion during years of temporarily occupation of Crimea – UN and Amnesty International

Russia has been suppressing freedom of expression and religion during years of temporarily occupation of Crimea – UN and Amnesty International

In temporarily occupied Crimea, Russia has significantly curtailed the space for civil society to function, including criticizing or advocating. Media outlets have been shut down, disproportionately impacting Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian communities' rights to free expression, information access, and cultural expression

“There are no LGBTQ+ people in Crimea”: Russia cracked down on the LGBTQ+ сommunity in the temporarily occupied peninsula

“There are no LGBTQ+ people in Crimea”: Russia cracked down on the LGBTQ+ сommunity in the temporarily occupied peninsula

As of 2014, the number of representatives of the LGBT+ community in Crimea amounted to approximately 16,200 persons. However, the number of people who remain in the territory in 2023 is unknown

Russia struck Kyiv by two ballistic missiles from temporarily occupied Crimea: ten people injured

Russia struck Kyiv by two ballistic missiles from temporarily occupied Crimea: ten people injured

The officials reported the debris from the rockets fell in the Pecherskyi, Solomianskyi, Holosiivskyi, and Darnytskyi districts of Kyiv, damaging two high-rise buildings and injuring five people, including one child

Russians significantly damaged Ukraine’s largest dam, the Dnipro Hydroelectric Power Plant, in mass missile attack (updated)

Russians significantly damaged Ukraine’s largest dam, the Dnipro Hydroelectric Power Plant, in mass missile attack (updated)

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeated his calls for further military aid over recent days, specifically calling on the West to send Ukraine more air defence systems

A decade of repressions: Crimean Tatars and Ukrainains targeted in Russia’s brutal crackdown on dissent

A decade of repressions: Crimean Tatars and Ukrainains targeted in Russia’s brutal crackdown on dissent

Amnesty International stated that with international crimes, Russia has attempted to change the ethnic makeup of Crimea while suppressing non-Russian identities on the peninsula, including through restricting education in Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages, attacking religious minorities, stifling media and culture, as well as undermining representative institutions and abusing the criminal justice system

Ukrainian Watchdog OPORA urges global community to reject results of the Russian “presidential election”

Ukrainian Watchdog OPORA urges global community to reject results of the Russian “presidential election”

The NGO explains that the legitimacy of the entire result of the presidential election of the Russian Federation will be called into question by the very inclusion of ballots received in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, especially

OSCE’s Moscow Mechanism will help Ukraine show the true scale of war crimes committed against civilians by Russia in Ukraine

OSCE’s Moscow Mechanism will help Ukraine show the true scale of war crimes committed against civilians by Russia in Ukraine

According to the Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the OSCE, after bilateral consultations with Ukraine, members of 45 OSCE delegations decided to apply the 8th paragraph of the Moscow Mechanism

From hospitals to prisons: 2022 report of Ukrainian Ombudsperson paints grim picture of human rights in custodial settings of Ukraine

From hospitals to prisons: 2022 report of Ukrainian Ombudsperson paints grim picture of human rights in custodial settings of Ukraine

Overall, 8% of the Ombudsman's recommendations presented in the report were fully fulfilled by Ukrainian ministries and administrations of the custodial settings, 62% were being implemented, and 30% were not fulfilled in 2022

Memories of Halyna Haiova, a torture survivor of the infamous Izolyatsia prison

Memories of Halyna Haiova, a torture survivor of the infamous Izolyatsia prison

Halyna Haiova, a senior nurse from the city of Dokuchaievsk, Donetsk region, was arrested by representatives of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) at her workplace on October 14, 2016. She was accused of having pro-Ukrainian views and helping the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The woman was held in captivity for nearly sixteen months, most of which she spent in the Izolyatsia torture prison. Then, she was transferred to Donetsk pre-trial detention center, where she stayed for 105 days.  Haly

UN ruling might fuel Crimean Tatar persecution by Russia – Chairman of Mejlis Refat Chubarov

UN ruling might fuel Crimean Tatar persecution by Russia – Chairman of Mejlis Refat Chubarov

Chubarov believes that in the current circumstances, the best "trial" for the Russians is the Ukrainian Armed Forces

The ICJ finds Russia only partially guilty of financing terrorism and discrimination of Crimean residents

The ICJ finds Russia only partially guilty of financing terrorism and discrimination of Crimean residents

The International Court of Justice has announced a verdict in the first case of Ukraine against Russia concerning the violation of the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

White Paper on preparation and conduct of postwar elections presented in Ukraine

White Paper on preparation and conduct of postwar elections presented in Ukraine

The White Paper also contains a list of proposed solutions to the most pressing problems that need to be resolved before the election process is announced, with arguments for the time frame required for their implementation

Ukrainian family from Kyiv awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations

Ukrainian family from Kyiv awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations

On January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Stoliarchuk family was awarded the Righteous Among the Nations Award in Kyiv for their assistance to the Jewish people during World War II, as reported by the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy.

Russians killed at least 18 civilians in missile strikes on Kyiv, Kharkiv and other cities while Republicans in the US Congress blocked military aid to Ukraine (updated)

Russians killed at least 18 civilians in missile strikes on Kyiv, Kharkiv and other cities while Republicans in the US Congress blocked military aid to Ukraine (updated)

Earlier, National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov called on the world to provide Kyiv with more weapons to stop Russian aggression

Attack in Donetsk market kills civilians, Ukraine vows to hold perpetrators accountable

Attack in Donetsk market kills civilians, Ukraine vows to hold perpetrators accountable

Civilians have been killed and injured as a result of an attack on a market in Donetsk on January 21, 2024

Kyiv responds to Slovak PM who suggested concession against the territorial integrity of Ukraine

Kyiv responds to Slovak PM who suggested concession against the territorial integrity of Ukraine

The Slovak prime minister noted that he intends to announce at the meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Denys Shmyhal that he will block Ukraine's accession to NATO in every possible way

Key Russian drone manufacturer of “Orlan-10” UAVs maintains production despite sanctions: leaked documents

Key Russian drone manufacturer of “Orlan-10” UAVs maintains production despite sanctions: leaked documents

According to the leaked documents, the propellers and engines of Orlan-10 are produced by the Chinese company T-Motor. The flight controllers and GPS modules are produced by the Chinese Radiolink Electronic Limited. Laptops are from Lenovo and cameras are from Sony

Bundestag rejects opposition proposal to supply Taurus to Ukraine

Bundestag rejects opposition proposal to supply Taurus to Ukraine

The CDU and CSU had already wanted to put the issue of the supply of Taurus missiles to a vote in the past. Still, the corresponding proposal was submitted to the committees by the coalition majority

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy asks Trump: What will you do if Putin doesn’t stop?

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy asks Trump: What will you do if Putin doesn’t stop?

On the previous day, after Donald Trump's victory during the Republican primaries in Iowa the former U.S. President said: “I would bring Putin and Zelenskyy to the table and end the war…”

Mariupol resident, Mariana Checheliuk’s health deteriorated significantly due to captivity

Mariupol resident, Mariana Checheliuk’s health deteriorated significantly due to captivity

Mariana Checheliuk, a 24-year-old police officer from Mariupol, has suffered a significant deterioration in her health and immune system due to her extended stay in captivity. In August 2023, she was transferred from a prison in Taganrog to Mariupol, where she is still being held.

If Ukraine had been given seven Patriot systems, people would not have been killed – Zelenskyy addressed Ukraine’s Western partners

If Ukraine had been given seven Patriot systems, people would not have been killed – Zelenskyy addressed Ukraine’s Western partners

Zelenskyy also pointed out the delays in supplies of Western weaponry, noting that many Ukrainians are being killed while the Ukrainian forces wait for this aid

Russians hit 4 oblasts with missiles: 4 Ukrainians killed, 45 more injured while Republicans in the US Congress blocked military aid to Ukraine (updated)

Russians hit 4 oblasts with missiles: 4 Ukrainians killed, 45 more injured while Republicans in the US Congress blocked military aid to Ukraine (updated)

It should be understood that such targets can be shot down only by systems capable of doing it, particularly by Patriot systems, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, Colonel Yurii Ihnat, explained

A Russian missile strike killed 11 people, including five children, in Donetsk Oblast while Republicans in the US Congress blocked military aid to Ukraine

A Russian missile strike killed 11 people, including five children, in Donetsk Oblast while Republicans in the US Congress blocked military aid to Ukraine

S-300 missiles hit the town of Pokrovsk in Ukrainian-held territory in Donetsk region

Russians killed 5 civilians, injured 129 in Ukraine on January 2. Fires still being put out in Kyiv

Russians killed 5 civilians, injured 129 in Ukraine on January 2. Fires still being put out in Kyiv

Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to "intensify" attacks against Ukraine