FACTS OF POLITICAL PERSECUTION AND VIOLATIONS AGAINST THE OPPOSITION IN UKRAINE
January 2014 – Current situation
In Ukraine there are systematic violations of human rights and citizens. The right to life, to work, to social and pensions, to freedom of speech was threatened.
Opposition in Ukraine is deprived of the right to carry out parliamentary and political activities.
There is a frank harassment of dissent. Citizens and representatives of the media, who allow themselves criticism of the current Ukrainian authorities, are threatened and repressed.
According to the data available in the OPPOSITION BLOC, in Ukraine, from January 2014 to October 2016, about 50,000 people suffered from political persecution and repression.
Direct pressure from the authorities (baseless calls to the Prosecutor’s Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Security Service, interrogations, searches, forced dismissal from jobs, politically motivated checks of fiscal bodies, administrative pressure, obstruction of agitation and political activity on the ground) were felt by over 30 thousand people .
Attacks and threats of radical groups controlled by the authorities have become one of the tools for suppressing dissent in Ukraine. More than 8,500 people were subjected to such attacks, intimidation and humiliation of radicals.
Employees of independent mass media receive threats. Journalists who allow themselves to criticize power are intimidated and killed.
About 100 people were affected by criminal prosecutions for political reasons and far-fetched charges, some of them have been or are in prison. At the same time, we are talking only about resonant matters that have become public.
Political persecution of dissidents led to the death of 59 people who were either killed or brought to suicide.
At the same time, it must be taken into account that the data given are far from complete, since under the incessant pressure of the authorities and the radical groups under its control, many victims are afraid of giving publicity to the facts of political persecution, intimidation and humiliation.
The OPPOSITION BLOC faction appealed to U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on violations of the rights of citizens and the opposition.
Below there are some facts of political repression, harassment, persecution for dissent, and violations of the rights of the opposition.
- Violation of Opposition’s Right to Conduct Parliamentary Activities
- Violation of the Right to Conducting Political Activities
- Threats to the Leaders of the Opposition Bloc
- Threats and breakdowns
- Persecution of the Opposition Bloc Members
- Assassinations and forced to committing suicide
- Persecution of the Party of Regions’ Members For political reasons
- Violation of the right on freedom words and pressure on mass media
THE OPPOSITION BLOC WILL CONTINUE COLLECTING THE FACTS OF POLITICAL PRESSURE AND VIOLATIONS OF THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS IN UKRAINE.