The Amnesty International report: “the Ukrainian authorities stepped up pressure on critics and the public organization”
The international organization noted that public activists and members of anti-corruption organizations regularly subjected to harassment and violence.
Ukrainian authorities stepped up pressure on its critics and independent social organizations, including journalists and anti-corruption activists. This is stated in the annual report of Amnesty International about the human rights situation in Ukraine and the world, presented today in Kyiv and Kharkiv, the BBC reported.
– Ukrainian authorities stepped up pressure on its critics and independent social organizations, including journalists and anti-corruption activists. Among other things, the authorities opened criminal proceedings and had passed legislation to restrict the rights to freedom of speech and freedom of Association – the document says.
The international organization noted that public activists and members of social organizations, in particular anti-corruption, regularly subjected to harassment and violence.
Often these incidents were not effectively investigated, and a significant suspicion in inducing them fell on representatives of power structures, in some cases, law enforcement agencies, noted the authors.
In addition, human rights activists have noted that the adopted in March 2017, the law obliged the anti-corruption activists, including members of public organizations to complete an annual Declaration of income, which usually have to do civil servants. Otherwise they face criminal charges and imprisonment.
Also in Amnesty International notes the lack of results in solving the murder of an Elder in 2015 and Pavel Sheremet in 2016.
The government again sought to restrict the right to freedom of expression, initiating groundless criminal proceedings against journalists criticizing the government for its policy in the East of Ukraine and failure to implement reforms, the report says.
– In August of 2017, there were three separate incidents, when the SBU has been deported four foreign journalists – two Spanish and two Russian – because of “threats to national interests of Ukraine” and forbade them to return to Ukraine for three years. A press-the Secretary of SBU Elena Gitlyanskaya accused the Russian journalist Anna Kurbatov, which sent 30 August, in the creation of “threatening the national interests of Ukraine” and warned that it will be with anyone “who will allow themselves to disgrace Ukraine.” In October, the SBU was removed from Spanish journalists, the ban on entry to Ukraine”, – noted human rights activists.
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