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Freedom of Assembly in Ukraine Endangered

Amnesty International researchers in Kiev are monitoring the ongoing violence between anti-government protesters and armed forces in the center of the city. The conflict has so far claimed the lives of 50 and injured hundreds more. Protests in Ukraine began in November 2013 with the Ukrainian government's refusal to sign an association agreement with the European Union. These protests grew into a massive demonstration against the current government, which was brutally suppressed by the police and security forces. Amnesty International is calling for an independent investigation into human rights violations in connection with a recent EuroMaydan protestor's public beating and to ensure justice in cases of abuse of power by the police. Amnesty warns that the police have been escalating the conflict to distinguish between peaceful and violent protesters.


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