The situation in Ukraine continues to be unstable. Viktor Janukovytj has lost power and his government has dissolved. The future for the country is hard to predict and until the situation is solved and stabile the protesters are staying on Maidan Square.
Last week Civil Rights Defenders went to Kiev to get first hand information about the situation and to meet human rights defenders in order to document human rights violations committed against them and other protesters.
A number of human rights defenders whom Civil Rights defenders met in Kiev are concerned with the state of the rule of law during this transitional period. A group of men in masks, likely representing the Maidan protesters, seizes a man in a broad daylight in Kiev for unknown reasons. Photo: Civil Rights Defenders
People have hung up paper doves on a tree on Maidan Square to pay respects to those who died during the protests. Photo: Civil Rights Defenders
A sign on Maidan posted by protesters with the text: “Julia on Maidan, the guys are in detention”. A message from the protesters to the oppositional leader Julia Tymosjenko. Photo: Civil Rights Defenders
After the protests you can now find a “street-museum” in Kiev that displays the lethal weapons used by Berkut riot police against the protesters. Photo: Civil Rights Defenders
Barricades are now a normal part of life around Maidan Square. Even after Viktor Janukovytj lost power and his government was dissolved the protesters in Kiev refuse to leave the square until the situation stabilizes. Photo: Civil Rights Defenders
A sea of flowers are now surrounding Maidan Square, and a constant flow of people commemorate those who were killed during the Euromaidan demonstrations. Photo: Civil Rights Defenders
Yuri Tertyshny is one of the medical volunteers at Maidan. Under his medical vest he is wearing a suit as he came directly from a funeral for one of the victims of the Maidan protests. He has been shot at several times but he still continues his work at the barricades carrying wounded and dead protesters to safety. Photo: Civil Rights Defenders
Many human rights organisations in Kiev have now taken it upon themselves to document the violence used by the police against the protesters at Maidan Square. The Association of Ukrainina Human Rights Monitors on Law Enforcement (UMDPL) displays a collection of weapons used by the police. Photo: Civil Rights Defenders
February 22: people on Maidan Square are singing the national anthem during the commemoration ceremony for the victims of violence. Photo: Civil Rights Defenders
A wedding couple are walking in central Kiev witch with its barricades in the background looks like a war zone. Photo: Civil Rights Defenders