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20.03.2010

More dismissals: this time the Head of the State Department for the Execution of Sentences

   

The Cabinet of Ministers has dismissed Oleksandr Halinsky from his post as Head of the State Department for the Execution of Sentences.

Mr Halinsky was appointed by the government of Yulia Tymoshenko in August last year. His appointment came with some degree of consultation with civic organizations and after a number of human rights organizations made direct appeals to the government to consider public opinion in their choice for this vital role.

At his very first press conference, Mr Halinsky promised to make the penitentiary system democratic and open.  He said that he aimed to organize the Department’s work with strong focus on civic and human rights organizations in order to be able to receive information about negative elements in the work of the system that may be being hushed up.

His appointment was cautiously welcomed by human rights organizations.

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