Monthly Archives: February 2014

Public commission named 25 officials responsible for crimes against humanity

Public commission on investigation and prevention of the human rights violation in Ukraine began to compile a list of public officials, connected to the illegal use of force against protesters.

“The decision of the Commission is consistent with the intentions of the Council of the European Union, namely to determine a list of Ukrainian officials to whom personal sanctions will be applied,” stated Committee Chairman, Volodymyr Vasylenko, Doctor of Law, Professor of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine, and a judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2002-2005). The corresponding message is posted on Commission’s web page. Continue reading

Open Letter from the Public Commission for the Investigation and Prevention of Human Rights Violations in Ukraine

Mr. President!

According to Section 102 of the Constitution of Ukraine, you are a guarantor of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and are required to uphold the Constitution and ensure the protection of human, civil and political rights and freedoms in Ukraine.

In the current critical situation, you are personally responsible for the lives and destinies of our citizens and for the future of Ukraine. Continue reading

Statement of the Public Commission to Investigate Human Rights Violations in Ukraine

The events of bloody Tuesday – 02/18/2014 – confirmed that the Viktor Yanukovych -controlled, anti constitutional and authoritarian regime has now resorted to large-scale war against the Ukrainian people. This war is accompanied by a new wave of gross violations of fundamental human rights and basic individual freedoms. Using specially trained provocateurs, who have been infiltrated well in advance into the surroundings of the nonviolent protest movement, the government has now used unlawful brut force against the participants of a peaceful march to Parliament and initiated a barbarous “cleansing” of the Maidan.

By cruel and disproportionate use of force to suppress legitimate protest, the anti-Ukrainian authorities are trying to intimidate Ukrainian society in its entirety. Citizens of Ukraine have become hostages and victims of the criminal acts of government that has proved to be incapable of finding a civilized solution to a political crisis provoked by its own actions. The Government’s responses to the just demands of society have come in the form of cynical provocations and crimes against humanity that have been committed by President Yanukovych’s security forces and the criminal elements under their control. Continue reading