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Crimea/Ukraine/Russia: 37 people were arrested for political reasons in annexed Crimea in 2018

January 7, 2019

37 people were arrested for political reasons in annexed Crimea in 2018. Olha Skrypnyk, the Head of “Crimean Human Rights Group” made such statement as organization reported.

“Talking about repression, 37 people were deprived of the liberty this year within the politically reasoned cases. 13 persons of them are civilians. There are the civic activists among them. For example, Server Mustafaev, Enver Bekirov, Yevhen Karakashev. 24 persons are our Ukrainian sailors, who are the prisoners of war,” she noted.

Related: UN General Assembly adopts Ukrainian resolution for human rights in Crimea

Besides, Skrypnyk added, that according to her information, the Russians opened 44 criminal cases for political reasons in Crimea last year.

The human rights activist reported that at least six people were arrested in Crimea in administrative cases. “The most well-known case out of them is the deprivation of liberty of lawyer of numerous political prisoners and Crimean Tatar advocate Emil Kurbedinov. It is an example that the pressure is still put on the lawyers in Crimea,” she said.




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Russia/Ukraine: Ukrainian lawyer jailed in Russia for eight years for ‘espionage’

December 26, 2018

A court in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, has sentenced Ukrainian lawyer Ihor Kyiashko to eight years in a high-security colony on charges of espionage and attempts to smuggle military equipment, according to Kommersant.

“Nizhny Novgorod Regional Court has sentenced Ukrainian Ihor Kyiashko to eight years in a high-security colony, having found him guilty of preparing for smuggling of military equipment and espionage. The court admitted that the convict had bought parts of the engines of multipurpose MiG-29 fighter aircraft for shipment to Ukraine and was collecting secret documentation on the installation of an S-400 anti-aircraft missile system on the instructions of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU),” reads the statement.

Kyiashko’s lawyer, Alexei Matasov, said he considered the sentence to be rather mild and did not intend to challenge it.

According to the prosecution, Kyiashko tried to buy in Russia and bring to Ukraine the blades to the RD-33 engine, which is used on MiG-29 fighter aircraft. The sale was under the control of Russia’s FSB Security Service. He was detained at the time of the transfer of money. Kyiashko was also found guilty of an attempt to gather information about a radar station used in the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.


Kyiashko himself admitted that he was trying to buy blades from the RD-33 engine, but denied allegations of espionage. According to him, secret documents were thrown to him during detention.



Crimea/Ukraine/Russia: Crimean lawyers being threatened after situation with Kurbedinov — ombudswoman

December 10, 2018

Crimean lawyers being threatened after situation with Kurbedinov — ombudswoman

Lawyers in Russia-occupied Crimea have been receiving threats since the detention of their colleague Emil Kurbedinov, the Verkhovna Rada’s Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denysova has said.

At the same time, she voiced the belief that the fact that Kurbedinov has been arrested for five days has to do with his intentions to defend Bohdan Nebylytsia, one of the Ukrainian seamen taken prisoners of war by Russia, who happens to be the captain of the Nikopol warship that was seized by Russians on November 25.

“Following the situation with Kurbedinov, lawyers in Crimea have been receiving threats from law-enforcement bodies of the occupation authorities of Crimea,” Denysova wrote on Facebook on December 10.

As earlier reported, Russia-controlled Kyivsky district court in Simferopol (occupied Crimea) on December 7 arrested lawyer Emil Kurbedinov for a period of five days on suspicion of disseminating extremist information on the Internet.

On December 6, the occupation authorities of the Russian Federation detained in Crimea lawyer Kurbedinov who has, in particular, defended the rights of the Ukrainian naval personnel taken prisoners of war by Russia on November 25.











http://old.qha.com.ua/tr/toplum/isgalciler-baskiyi-surduruyor-emil-kurbedinov-un-erken-tahliye-talebi-reddedildi/175473/ (TURKCE)

http://old.qha.com.ua/tr/yasam-olaylar/kirimli-avukatlarin-ofisine-saldiri/175464/ (TURKCE)

https://ktat.krymr.com/a/kurbedinov-ve-semedl%C3%A2yevni%C3%B1-aqmescit-ofisine-yap%C4%B1l%C4%9Fan-%C3%BCc%C3%BCm-tafsil%C3%A2tlar%C4%B1-peyda-old%C4%B1-(-foto)/29648402.html (TURKCE)

Ukraine/Crimea/Russia: Russia-Imposed Authorities In Crimea Detain Prominent Lawyer

December 6, 2018

Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov (file photo)

Russia-imposed authorities in Crimea have detained a prominent lawyer, Emil Kurbedinov, his colleagues say.

Attorney Lilya Hemedzhi told RFE/RL that officers from the Russian Anti-Extremism Center detained Kurbedinov on December 6 in Simferopol in a case linked to a social media post made before Russian forces seized Crimea from Ukraine and annexed the peninsula.

Hemedzhi said Kurbedinov is accused of writing a Facebook post in 2013 that, according to investigators, carried “elements of extremism.”

Russian lawyer Nikolai Polozov said Kuberdinov’s detainment was another case of “pressure on lawyers involved in political cases in Crimea.”

Polozov also noted in a December 6 statement posted on Facebook that Kurbedinov is currently representing some of the 24 Ukrainian sailors seized by Russian special forces on November 25 along with three Ukrainian navy ships off the coast of Crimea.

“I call on the lawyers’ community, public organizations, and representatives of international organizations to immediately react to another gross violation of lawyers’ rights,” Polozov wrote.

Other clients of Kurbedinov in recent years have included defendants in Crimea charged in high-profile cases that human rights organizations and Western governments say are politically motivated.






Emil Kurbedinov, Front Line Laureate, detained over Facebook post









https://ru.krymr.com/a/krym-advokat-emil-kurbedinov-kto-on/29640893.html (русский)

https://www.ukrinform.fr//rubric-polytics/2596506-le-celebre-avocat-et-defenseur-des-droits-de-lhomme-a-ete-arrete-en-crimee.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ukrinform.fr/rubric-polytics/2595395-un-avocat-des-prisonniers-politiques-de-crimee-detenu-pour-extremisme-.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ukrinform.es/rubric-society/2595293-abogado-de-presos-politicos-de-crimea-detenido-por-extremismo-periodista.html (ESPANOL)

http://old.qha.com.ua/tr/siyaset/kirim-da-siyasi-tutsaklari-savunan-avukat-gozaltinda/175387/ (TURKCE)

https://www.europalibera.org/a/29641322.html (Română)

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RUSSIE/UKRAINE – 6 décembre 2018
Emil Kurbedinov, arrêté
L’avocat des tartares de Crimée, en Crimée occupée arrêté en vertu de la loi russe sur “l’extrémisme”
Emil Kurbedinov a été arrêté alors qu’il se rendait de son domicile à son bureau et a été transféré au ministère de l’Intérieur de la Crimée et de Sébastopol. Il est accusé d’avoir enfreint l’article 20.3 du Code administratif de la Fédération de Russie – diffusion publique sur sa page Facebook d’un symbole appartenant à une organisation «extrémiste». Il encourt jusqu’à 15 jours de prison et une amende pouvant aller jusqu’à 2 000 roubles. Il est actuellement en attente de son procès devant le tribunal de district de Kievskyi de Simferopol.

(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 06/12/18)

Crimea/Russia/Ukraine: Halya Coynash: Russia escalates attack on human rights lawyers in occupied Crimea

November 7, 2018

Russian-controlled enforcement officers burst into the offices of human rights lawyers in occupied Crimea on November 6, and handed prominent Crimean Tatar lawyer Emil Kurbedinov a ‘warning of the inadmissibility of extremism’. The surreal document was identical to that handed to two of Kurbedinov’s colleagues and a civic activist on October 27 when the officers disrupted a meeting of the Crimean Solidarity initiative. The warning could, supposedly, not be issued at that meeting since Kurbedinov was away on a work-related trip, though it is possible that this was simply a pretext for staging a second visitation.

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 09/11/18)

Ukraine: АПУ закликає ГПУ забезпечити дотримання прав і гарантій адвокатів


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АПУ вкотре стурбована випадками порушення професійних прав та гарантій адвокатів та адресує Генпрокуратурі відкрите звернення щодо неприпустимості порушення професійних прав та гарантій адвокатської діяльності, а також порушення права на захист.

Повний текст Відкритого звернення АПУ:

Асоціація правників України як провідна професійна юридична спільнота, метою якої є впровадження принципу верховенства права, висловлює своє занепокоєння фактами порушення гарантій адвокатської діяльності адвоката Володимира Богатиря та професійних прав його захисників.

Асоціації стало відомо, про систематичні порушення гарантій адвокатської діяльності Володимира Богатиря та професійних прав його захисників з боку співробітників Управління спеціальних розслідувань (раніше – Департамент спеціальних розслідувань) Генеральної прокуратури. Зокрема, йдеться про дотримання процедури виклику адвоката, ігнорування принципу презумпції невинуватості, систематичного порушення права на захист.

Крім того, за наявною інформацією, не виконуються ухвали судів, якими було зобов’язано допустити захисників до участі в захисті прав адвоката та ознайомленні з матеріалами кримінального провадження; наявні випадки вимагання представниками Генеральної прокуратури документів, не передбачених законодавством, в тому числі, від адвокатів, які раніше приймали участь під час допиту Володимира Богатиря в якості свідка; в офіційному листуванні слідчі та прокурори у стверджувальній формі висловлюють свою незгоду з рішеннями судів.



https://uba.ua/eng/news/5924/ (ENGLISH)

http://uba.ua/eng/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/statement-report/ukraine-address-attacks-against-activists-and-human-rights-defenders (ENGLISH)

Ukraine/Kazakhstan/Russia/Moldova: Defence for the defenders: Lawyers and attorneys under attack for participation in politically motivated cases

June 29, 2018

The right to defence is one of the fundamental human rights that is enshrined in a number of international agreements. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims the principle of equality of all before the law, the presumption of innocence, and the right to be examined openly and with all the requirements of justice by an independent and impartial court.

In order to exercise their right to defence, prosecuted persons must have full access to legal services provided by independent lawyers and attorneys. According to the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, everyone has the right to ask any lawyer for help in defending their rights and protecting them at all stages of criminal proceedings.

According to the opinion of the European Court of Human Rightslawyers play a key role in maintaining public confidence in the judicial system and act as intermediaries between the public and courts. Thus, they are an important element of the rule of law.

As noted in paragraph 16 of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, governments shall ensure that lawyers are able to perform all of their professional functions in an environment free from intimidation and improper interference. Also, lawyers shall not be prosecuted or sanctioned for any acts committed as part of their professional duties.

Unfortunately, in countries where democratic institutions are poorly developed and the rule of law does not work, lawyers and attorneys often become victims of persecution as well as various kinds of pressure and restrictions. This especially concerns those who participate in politically motivated cases.

Lawyers and attorneys are attacked both by state institutions and authorities and by various criminals, against which the state is unable to protect them. This prosecution also involves professional associations that proclaim their aim to protect the rights and interests of lawyers, but are not independent of state bodies.

At the moment, there are no effective mechanisms for monitoring the interference of the state and other entities in the activities of lawyers and attorneys. The solution could consist of adopting a special document that would protect lawyers and attorneys at the international level.

The statutory goals of the Open Dialog Foundation provide for the protection of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in the post-Soviet space. This report examines cases of harassment and attacks on lawyers and attorneys in countries such as Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine,and Turkey. The latter is not a post-Soviet state, but it is a member of the Council of Europe and therefore has international obligations in the field of standards of law, democratic development, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.