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At a glance

Ukraine’s human rights record remains mixed. Progress is slowed by political instability and corruption. In its latest review, in 2014, the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) criticized the fact that the definition of torture in national law and conditions of detention in prisons were not in compliance with international standards. The authorities routinely fail to protect human rights defenders and members of the LGBTIQ+ community against violence by right wing extremists. The UN reported a spike in allegations of torture and enforced disappearances in the aftermath of the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine, as well as in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.

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