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Kiev's War Against Freedom of Speech. Ukraine: The Ugly Truth

Kiev's War Against Freedom of Speech. Ukraine: The Ugly Truth | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Such events have become part of everyday life for the inhabitants of Donbass. Independent cameramen are trying to bring the truth to the Ukrainian and Western public but this is no easy task.

Firstly, it is very difficult to publish the videos, because internet connection is now a luxury for Donbass. The Ukrainian army has destroyed not only electricity plants but water pipes and gas lines as well.

Secondly, Ukrainian forces are arresting journalists and people making videos, and treating them as criminals. Kiev has unleashed a real war against freedom of speech. Any video or text criticizing the Ukrainian government is considered as “support for Donbass terrorists.” Making such videos means risking your life or freedom.

This affects journalists beyond Donbass as well. The Security Service of Ukraine (the equivalent of the American FBI) pays regular visits to intractable reporters and throws them in prison with no scruples. Recently my empty apartment in Kirovograd was visited by agents of the Security Service of Ukraine. I was lucky enough to be in Russia but my neighbors were questioned about me.

The desire to smash any kind of resistance in the country has become an obsession of the Ukrainian authorities. The declaration recently made by the head of Ukrainian Officers’ Union, Evgeniy Lupakov, where he said he wanted to hang the “Donbass terrorists” on street poles, is of utmost importance and direst foreboding."

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UN Cites Human Rights Violations in Ukraine

UN Cites Human Rights Violations in Ukraine | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Corruption, a lack of independence of the judiciary and a lack of free elections were among the root causes of popular protests that took place in Ukraine from November to February, the United Nations said Tuesday in a report on the country's human rights situation.

The report said 121 people — the majority of them protesters — died during the protests and there were also numerous accounts of torture and ill-treatment. The U.N. demanded that all violations related to the protests should be investigated in order to ensure the accountability of the perpetrators.....

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Russian Report On Gross Human Rights Violations In Ukraine

Russian Report On Gross Human Rights Violations In Ukraine | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Russian Government has compiled a "White Book" listing some of the most atrocious attacks on human rights in Ukraine.

The Kremlin said on Monday that the main purpose of the White Book is "to provide the public with facts and evidence of the events in Ukraine, thus helping to form non-politicized, unbiased assessments and to call to account those who are responsible for the illegal actions."

The White Book, a report prepared by the Russian Foreign Ministry, was submitted to President Vladimir Putin.

It is also published on the Kremlin's official website.

It narrates a number of human rights violations occurred in Ukraine from late November 2013 to late March 2014.

The document is based on information from Russian, Ukrainian and Western media sources, statements by representatives of the current authorities in Kiev and their supporters, eyewitness accounts and on-the-spot observations and interviews of Russian non-commercial organizations, the Kremlin says.

The data in the report shows severe violations of the basic human rights' principles and norms have taken place on a mass nature in Ukraine.

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