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A road to nowhere

On 2-5 October 2016, we conducted a monitoring visit as representatives of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in order to investigate the situation at the Brześć-Terespol (Brest-Terespol) border crossing between Belarus and Poland. The purpose of our monitoring was threefold: (1) Uncovering the general situation of those of the foreign nationals present in Brest […]

10.11.2016
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Applying for international protection: My rights and obligations EN/AR/UA

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10.11.2016
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Destructions in Donbas

The occupied territories constitute approximately one third of the entire territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.

10.03.2017
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Executed and tortured in Donbas

The armed conflict in Donetsk and Luhansk has caused not only significant casualties and great economic losses, but also systematic and mass grave human rights violations in the climate of total impunity.

13.03.2017
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Family Reunification of Foreigners in Poland

Date of publication: 2016 Editor: Agnieszka Mikulska-Jolles

10.11.2016
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Freedom of movement

Since the beginning of military aggression of Russia in 2014, Ukraine faced numerous atypical problems, which had never had a place in peaceful Ukraine. Obstacles on freedom of movement are one of the major issues for the population of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.

10.03.2017
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Health care facilities in the ATO zone

International law restricts the use of authorised weapons and warfare methods: it is prohibited to attack and to bombard undefended towns, housing and buildings and, in particular, hospitals, if those buildings are not used for military purposes. It is also prohibited to employ weapons, missiles, material and methods of warfare which may cause excessive harm […]

10.03.2017
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Human rights of persons deprived of liberty – report

Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights decided to present its observations on the current situation of persons deprived of liberty in Poland.

30.05.2017
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Human rights violations in the LNR/DNR

The Russian aggression led to the establishment of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (“LNR”) and Donetsk People’s Republic (“DNR”). The quasi-states of LNR and DNR have already created their quasi-regulatory frameworks. What continues to be an important task is further information search and documentation of extraordinary human rights violations which took place in the years […]

13.03.2017
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Improving Prison Conditions by Strengthening the Monitoring of HIV, HCV, TB and Harm Reduction

Improving Prison Conditions by Strengthening the Monitoring of HIV, HCV, TB and Harm. Reduction Mapping Report Poland

10.11.2016
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Information on the recent challenges faced by human rights defenders and civil society in Poland

Overview of challenges faced by human rights defenders and civil society Prepared for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

06.12.2016
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Involvement of children in armed formations during the military conflict in Donbas

The armed conflict in the east of Ukraine has significantly increased the risk of children participation in armed formations.

10.03.2017
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Media online archives – a source for historical research or a threat to privacy?

The digital revolution brought about a change for media archives, from limited accessibility and obscurity of paper publications to long-term and wide accessibility of online information.

12.05.2017
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Missing persons

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, more than 1,000 people went missing during the armed conflict in Ukraine. The fourteenth report of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine OHCHR referred to 3,687 criminal proceedings ex post regarding missing persons in the Luhansk or Donetsk Oblasts. According to the data of […]

13.03.2017
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NGOs report on the application of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 2015

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10.11.2016
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Places of illegal detention

The armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine led to numerous gross and systemic violations of human rights on the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in particular the establishment of a network of illegal detention places by Ukrainian army and Russia-backed separatists.

10.03.2017
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Poland: Independence of public service media

Poland: Independence of public service media

08.02.2017
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Pre-trial detention in Poland – research report 2015

As of 31 October 2015, 4 356 people remain in prisons as pre-trial detainees in Poland. At the same time, the overall prison population in the country amounts to 72 195. This means that pre-trial detainees constitute 6.0 per cent of all detainees. Even though this percentage seems low and the number of motions for […]

10.11.2016
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Pushed Back at the Door

Pushed Back at the Door: Denial of Access to Asylum in Eastern EU Member States

25.01.2017
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Refugee status and subsidiary protection in Poland: Next steps EN/AR/UA

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10.11.2016
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Report on the implementation of judgements of the European Court of Human Rights in Poland

Although the HFHR acknowledges the efforts of the Polish Government to implement judgments of the ECtHR, it also recognizes that, according to the statistics of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the end of 2015 more than 300 cases were pending before the ECtHR.

14.03.2017
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Shadow report to the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms od Racial Discrimination 2009

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10.11.2016
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Shadow report to the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms od Racial Discrimination 2014

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10.11.2016
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Social rights in Donbas

The right to social welfare is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed by both international law and the national legislation of Ukraine. For objective reasons, in 2014 at the very beginning of the military conflict in the east of Ukraine, the social welfare system in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions was virtually paralysed.

13.03.2017
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Submission to the 51st session of the Committee against Torture. Reveiw on Poland 2013

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10.11.2016
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Surviving Hell – report EN/ RU/UA

Surviving Hell: Testimonies of Victims on Places of Illegal Detention in Donbas Coalition of public organizations and initiatives “Justice for Peace in Donbas” Kyiv 2015 This publication is a result of a monitoring study conducted by the Coalition of public organizations and initiatives “Justice for Peace in Donbas” in close cooperation with the Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for […]

10.11.2016
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The constitutional crisis in Poland 2015-2016

Since 2015, Poland has been going through a constitutional crisis related to the functioning of the Constitutional Tribunal. The crisis poses a serious threat to the rule of law, democracy and human rights protection. The HFHR has monitored the legislative procedure on the Act on the Constitutional Tribunal and the appointment of Constitutional Tribunal judges […]

10.11.2016
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Unspoken Pain

Gender-based violence (“GBV”) is a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against one of the sexes. It includes all acts of violence based on gender which result or may result in physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering of either males or females. It includes threats to commit such acts of […]

13.03.2017
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UPR Shadow Report 2012

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10.11.2016
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Victims, suspects, accused Rights of foreigners in criminal proceedings – a guide EN/RU/UA

This publication aims to be your step-by-step practical guide on the procedures that any victim of a crime or suspect in a criminal case faces.

18.04.2017
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