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Rights group finds evidence of cluster bombs in eastern Ukraine
October 21, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday reported on evidence of the use of cluster bombs by the Ukrainian government on the city of Donetsk, a heavily populated civilian area in eastern Ukraine. The bombs have allegedly killed six individuals and injured several dozen more. Cluster munitions cover a wide....... [more]

Amnesty: Atrocities in eastern Ukraine must be investigated
October 20, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday released a report documenting extra-judicial killings by both pro-Russian separatists and pro-Kyiv forces in eastern Ukraine, though the advocacy group cautions that the actual number of atrocities is not on the scale reported by Russian media. According to the r....... [more]

Ukraine enacts anti-corruption laws to promote government accountability
October 15, 2014
The Ukrainian government on Tuesday passed five anti-corruption laws in an effort to cure past issues and work towards developing more transparency in government affairs. The anti-corruption law package addresses issues with Bureau corruption, creates principles of anti-corruption policy and prevent....... [more]

Putin orders the removal of troops from Ukraine border
October 12, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday ordered Russian troops to withdraw from the Ukrainian border in preparation for an upcoming meeting between the presidents of the two countries. The Russian government website released the statement in regards to the order stating, "Putin ordered to launc....... [more]

UN: human rights abuse still prevalent in Ukraine
October 9, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) warned Wednesday that, despite the fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, abuses such as abductions, torture and ill-treatment still affect local civilians daily. Since the ceasefire, announced September 5, 331 fatalities have been reco....... [more]

Ukraine prosecutor opens criminal investigation against Russia law enforcement agency
September 30, 2014
Ukrainian state prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have opened a criminal investigation against Russian law enforcement agency the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, accusing it of supporting separatist and "terrorist" groups in the east of the country. The investigation follow....... [more]

Ukraine ratifies agreement with EU, grants autonomy to eastern regions
September 16, 2014
Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday ratified an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, furthering its goal of reforming the country according to European standards and values. The agreement, "On Ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one part, and the European Union....... [more]

UN rights experts urge peace as Ukraine death toll exceeds 3,000
September 9, 2014
A senior UN human rights official said on Monday that the death toll in Ukraine has risen above 3,000, and pleaded for peace to spare more bloodshed. Ivan Simonovic, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, stated that the confirmed deaths due to the fighting that began in April was now....... [more]

UN: Responsibility to protect becoming increasingly urgent
September 8, 2014
The UN General Assembly on Monday met to discuss "the responsibility to protect" adopted by world leaders in 2005, with UN officials stressing the urgency of this responsibility as crises rage around the world. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the assembly, saying that the world now faces a....... [more]

Evidence of war crimes on both sides of Ukraine conflict: Amnesty
September 8, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) said Sunday that both Ukrainian militia and separatist forces may be responsible for war crimes, with all sides of the conflict showing disregard for civilian lives. AI Secretary General Salil Shetty called on the involved parties to stop all violations of the laws of war....... [more]

UN report: civilian deaths in eastern Ukraine averaging 36 per day
August 29, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay announced the findings of a report on Friday detailing the harsh war-like conditions in eastern Ukraine that have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in recent weeks. The report covers the time period of July 16 to August 17, and documen....... [more]




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