There are 2,800 prisoners eligible for amnesty however most often people simply have nowhere to go after their release
Fortunately the Ministry of Justice is planning to deal with this real problem in crisis conditions
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union is calling on the President, Prime Minister and Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada to use their legislative initiative to prepare and submit a draft law to protect the rights of prisoners to receive parcels without restriction.
KHPG Open Letter to the Prosecutor General Oleksandr Medvedko and the Head of the State Department for the Execution of Sentences, Vasyl Koshchynets over stubborn refusals to provide information and access to legal aid
The court passed a 3.5 year suspended sentence on Vasyl Romanyshyn
The persistent refusal to allow our lawyer to see prisoners complaining of force being used against them suggests that an attempt is being made to ensure that the traces of ill-treatment are not seen and that those responsible are not punished
Psychologists and the heads of juvenile corrective institutions say that it is most often lack of attention and care that leads to young people ending up behind bars
The ruling which found that the Head of the Department acted unlawfully in failing to provide information in timely fashion has come into force.
According to the head of Donetsk Memorial Oleksandr Bukalov, there is virtually no public control over penal institutions, and what is being seen is a mere imitation of protection of prisoners rights
In September, according to the Strategy, a new Criminal Procedure Code should be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers for its consideration
On recent responses from the State Department for the Execution of Sentences on what it deems to be unconstructive criticism
This is the number of people freed because the investigations are terminated by the criminal investigation or detective inquiry units; the preventive measure is changed; the case is terminated by the courts and through acquittals; suspended sentences etc
Svitlana Zaitseva had “confessed” to the crime during the criminal investigation, apparently under duress. She died of tuberculosis contracted in prison
A Constitutional Court judgment, Cabinet of Ministers Resolution, as well as Internal Regulations make it difficult to answer a question which clearly needs regulating
Open Appeal over numerous human rights infringements in the work of the State Department for the Execution of Sentences
Court finds that the Head of the State Department for the Execution of Sentences acting wrongfully by failing to provide information in the legally stipulated period on the mortality figures in the penal system
Head of the Board of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and KHPG legal expert Arkady Bushchenko and bar lawyer Iryna Yakovets visited the colony on 10 June, following a press statement from the Vinnytsa Human Rights Group
An important new website has been created by Donetsk Memorial and has begun work in gathering and sharing information about Ukraines penal institutions.
238 National Deputies (236 votes were needed) voted on Tuesday to pass through its second reading the draft law “On amendments to the Criminal and Criminal Procedure Codes on humanizing criminal liability
The heads of the penal colonies where incidents occurred recently are to be punished, at least through disciplinary measures