Seminars for law-enforcers
During the period from 13 June to 23 June the Kharkov group for human rights protection held a series of seminars for law-enforcers of the Zaporozhye, Kherson, Nikolayev and Kirovograd oblasts. The seminars were conducted in the framework of the project “Campaign against torture and cruel treatment in Ukraine” realized by the Kharkov group for human rights protection in cooperation with regional partner organizations in different regions of Ukraine.
Three two-day seminars were held: in Zaporozhye – 14-15 June, in Kherson – 16-17 June, in Kirovograd – 21-22 June, and one one-day seminar in Nikolayev on 19 June. It was impossible to organize the two-day seminar in Nikolayev because of the holiday, the Day of district militia officers, which was conducted on 18 June. So, the Ministry of Interior asked either to hold the seminar on other days or to reduce it to one day. We decided to reduce the seminar without loss of matter at the expense of shortening of breaks and more compressed presentation of the material.
All in all, 223 persons took part in the seminars:
Zaporozhye – 50 persons, among them 45 law-enforcers and 5 representatives of NGOs;
Kherson – 80 persons, among them 76 law-enforcers, 2 journalists and 2 representatives of NGOs;
Nikolayev – 47 persons, among them 45 law-enforcers and 2 representatives of NGOs;
Kirovograd – 46 persons, among them 36 law-enforcers, 5 journalists and 5 representatives of NGOs.
M. Paeta, the head of a department of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine, and representatives of oblast directorates of the Ministry of Interior participated in all seminars. We are grateful to the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine and oblast directorates for the help in organization of the seminars.
Participants of the seminars listened to the lectures:
1. Prohibition of maltreatment in the European Convention (Article 3).
2. Right to liberty in the European Convention (Article 5).
3. Ukraine as a participant of the European Convention on human rights.
The following lecturers took part in the seminars in Zaporozhye and Kherson: Arkadiy Bushchenko, an advocate of the Kharkov oblast collegium of advocates, an expert of the Kharkov group for human rights protection; Oleksiy Solovyev, the main specialist of the department of criminal process of the National Bureau in charge of the questions of observance of the European Convention on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms (the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine); Arseniy Miliutin, the head of the department of civil and economic process of the National Bureau; Yuri Bilousov, a teacher of the department of applied sociology of the National University of internal affairs, candidate of sociological sciences, militia captain; Oleg Martinenko, the head of the department of criminal right and criminology of the National University of internal affairs, candidate of law, lieutenant colonel of militia; Ludmila Klochko, the head of public reception office of the Kharkov group for human rights protection.
The lectures were founded on theoretical material, on the examples of law enforcement practices and on the decisions of the European Court concerning Ukraine, as well as on the materials of sociological research, which had been carried out by the National University of internal affairs in 2003-2004 in the framework of the project “Campaign against torture and cruel treatment in Ukraine”.
The lecturers used the interactive methods of presentation of the material and elements of role games.
After every lecture the lively discussion of the problems began, which turned into informal communication during the breaks for coffee or dinner. Such communication was very useful both for the participants of the seminars and for trainers.
In the course of seminars new group of trainers formed, which managed to make the integral material from separate lectures.
Participants of the seminars obtained literature, which was distributed by the Kharkov group for human rights protection in the framework of the project:
“Against torture. International tools for preventing torture and cruel treatment”
“Against torture. European tools for preventing torture and cruel treatment”
“Against torture. Systematized digest of decisions of the European Court of human rights”
“Against torture. Review of the messages about cruel treatment and application of torture. 2003”
“Review of the decisions of the European Court of human rights on Article 3 of the Convention”