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Statement by Human Rights Organizations Regarding New Wave of Raids and Detentions of Crimean Tatars

Statement by Human Rights Organizations Regarding New Wave of Raids and Detentions of Crimean Tatars

On 9 February, the occupied Crimea faced another wave of political repression. At 4 am, the Russian Federal Security Bureau conducted searches and arrests in the houses of Crimean Tatars in the Simpheropol, ...

PEN Ukraine statement regarding situation with presidential election at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

PEN Ukraine statement regarding situation with presidential election at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

We, members of the Ukrainian PEN, human rights activists, writers, scholars, educators, professors, journalists, civil activists, are deeply concerned about the situation revolving around the presidential ...

PEN Ukraine statement in support of theater director Yevhen Lavrenchuk

PEN Ukraine statement in support of theater director Yevhen Lavrenchuk

On December 17 in Naples, Ukrainian theater director Yevhen Lavrenchuk was detained at a request of the Russian Federation. Presently, he is in custody at a detention facility in Italy–for the time ...

Open letter in support of free speech in Poland and Gazeta Wyborcza’a editorial office

Open letter in support of free speech in Poland and Gazeta Wyborcza’a editorial office

We, Ukrainian intellectuals, civil activists, members of PEN Ukraine, sororal and fraternal communities, express concern in relation to the attempts to deprive under the guise of a corporate conflict ...

Public call by human rights and other organizations in the OSCE region due to the intention of the Russian authorities to wind up two oldest human rights organizations in the country

Public call by human rights and other organizations in the OSCE region due to the intention of the Russian authorities to wind up two oldest human rights organizations in the country

It became known on November 11, 2021, that the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation filed a lawsuit to wind up Memorial International for allegedly systematic violations of the law on ...

PEN Ukraine Open Statement in Support of Memorial Human Rights Center

PEN Ukraine Open Statement in Support of Memorial Human Rights Center

We are outraged at the demand by the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia and the Prosecutor's Office of Moscow to liquidate the Memorial Human Rights Center and the International Memorial, ...

PEN Ukraine Statement on Closure of Kyiv Post

PEN Ukraine Statement on Closure of Kyiv Post

Members of PEN Ukraine – journalists, writers, translators, human rights activists, publishers, scholars – are concerned over the closure of the Kyiv Post, a Ukrainian English-language newspaper. The ...

Human rights and media organizations in a statement on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Human rights and media organizations in a statement on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, Ukraine's media and human rights organizations call on the government and law enforcement agencies to conduct effective and ...

Statement on Sentencing of Citizen Journalist Amet Suleymanov and Three Other Crimean Political Prisoners

Statement on Sentencing of Citizen Journalist Amet Suleymanov and Three Other Crimean Political Prisoners

On October 29, 2021, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don (the Russian Federation) convicted four Crimean Tatars – a citizen journalist of the ‘Crimean Solidarity’ Amet ...

Human rights and media organizations in a statement on the anniversary of George Gongadze’s murder

Human rights and media organizations in a statement on the anniversary of George Gongadze’s murder

On September 16, 21 years ago, Ukrainian journalist George Gongadze was abducted and murdered. Severity of the crime, as well as the so-called "mayor Melnychenko’s tapes" revealed soon ...