State report of Ukraine on prison conditions is considered unacceptable in Council of Europe
The Ukrainian ombudsperson Nina Karpachova informed that the Council of Europe Committee against torture considered unacceptable the state report of Ukraine on the prison conditions. This is the first state report of Ukraine prepared according to the demands of the European Convention against torture, which was ratified by Ukraine. The Convention stipulates monitoring in the state-members with the aim of prevention of all kinds of torture and inhumane or degrading treatment and punishments.
The Committee pointed out that the overcrowdedness of penitentiaries, anti-sanitary conditions, epidemics of TB and skin diseases, mass dystrophy of Ukrainian convicts are unacceptable. As Nina Karpachova said, the report which had been prepared secretly, considerably disagreed with the observations of the Committee inspectors, who attended Ukrainian penitentiaries in 1998. Ukraine got recommendations how to correct the situation. If the recommendations are not fulfilled, the observations of the inspectors will be published.
On 11 September two years have passed since the European Convention on protection of rights and main freedoms of man have come into effect in Ukraine. During this time 1132 complaints came to the European Court from Ukraine. Many of them concern the conditions of upkeep of convicts condemned to death. The ombudsperson said, in particular, that 2 complaints came from the preliminary prison of Ivano-Frankivsk, 1 from Khmelnitskiy prison, 1 from Zaporozhye and 2 from Simferopol.