First Amnesty International letter-writing marathon with a Ukrainian prisoner

Yakiv Strogan was arrested on charges of attempted murder four months after the incident in question. During those months he had very publicly, including in parliament, accused police officers of abduction, torture and attempted extortion. | detail

Visits 1596

EU must press Ukraine at summit to stop police abuses

Amnesty International stresses the need for firmness as Ukraine’s police continue to torture and extort money from victims with effective impunity. | detail

Visits 779

Chornobyl activists questioned all day, summoned for Saturday

The leader of the Kharkiv former Chornobyl clean-up workers, Vladimir Proskurin believes the police actions were aimed at stopping him attending the Chornobyl Union of Ukraine conference and opposing the leadership of a person seen by many as selling out the protest movement | detail

Visits 2015

The Whole Truth about fighting Ilegal Immigration: Facts and Figures

In a damning expose of myths about migration and those who encourage them, Volodymyr Batchae stresses that the fight against illegal migration must not turn into a hunt for CIS nationals so as to be able to proudly present to Europe hunting trophies in the form of figures supposedly demonstrating an exacerbation of the problem | detail

Visits 3063

Ukraine Must Reform Police Ahead of Euro 2012

An Amnesty International expresses concern over the safety of fans coming into contact with Ukraine’s notoriously corrupt police who are seldom held accountable for their actions | detail

Visits 861

CE Human Rights Commissioner scathing of Ukrainian Prosecutor system

Thomas Hammerberg criticized the dominant role of the Prosecutor in the present court system which is a legacy of the Soviet system, as well as the fact that in Ukraine the Prosecutor General is still responsible for general supervision of the court system, a mechanism unacceptable in a democratic society. | detail

Visits 538

Public assessment of police violence

If earlier it was criminals who were most likely to be subjected to unlawful violence by the police, now the list of victims has broadened to include suspects, witnesses, relatives, Denis Kobzin, Director of the Kharkiv Institute for Social Research and co-author of a recent public survey, comments | detail

Visits 985

Pomilyaiko torture case hits another hurdle

It has been learned that a month ago the Prosecutor of the Ordzhonikidze District in Kharkiv once again terminated the criminal investigation into allegations of police torture from Svitlana Pomilyaiko | detail

Visits 1227

Trial begins over another death in police custody

Three police officers are on trial following the death of Yevhen Zvenigorodsky, left to die on a city square after an hour (at least) in a neighbouring police station. One of the accused is charged under Article 121 (torture) | detail

Visits 1242

Let’s help the Police know their duties

Information about the public monitoring of conditions and human rights observance in police stations and some highly telling video footag | detail

Visits 1214

Police under Public Scrutiny

From 7 to 21 November 2011 around 50 Ukrainian NGOs will be taking part in a nationwide campaign entitled “The Police under Control” during which civic activists will carry out human rights monitoring of the police | detail

Visits 1167

Human rights workers outraged over MIA Public Council scam

Not one representative of a human rights organization is on the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Public Council attached to the MIA which is supposed to monitor human rights adherence by the police and in places of confinement | detail

Visits 1225

Opposition demand proof of President’s claims of armed uprisings planned

The opposition are demanding reports from the Head of the SBU [Security Service] Valery Khoroshkovsky and the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Anatoly Mohylyov following Viktor Yanukovych’s public statement that armed attacks were being prepared against the authorities | detail

Visits 822

Key witness in trial over Ihor Indylo’s death in police custody clearly frightened

Sashko Khomenko “doesn’t remember” most things and is clearly scared. Ihor Indylo’s parents both had conversations with the young man who had known Ihor most of his life, and say that he told them the truth about who caused Ihor’s death | detail

Visits 1571

How the anbulance doctor left Ihor Indylo to die

More conflicting evidence in the examination into the death of Ihor Indylo, the young student who died of injuries he received in a Kyiv police cell in the earlier hours of what should have been his twentieth birthday | detail

Visits 1640

Police continue to deny any wrongdoing in death of Ihor Indylo

At the court hearing on Wednesday, the former Head of the Shevchenkivsky Police Station insisted that there had been nothing improper in Ihor’s detention, that he had been treated properly and that he simply died after “falling”. | detail

Visits 1549

Torment continues for Ihor Indylo’s Parents

Despite promises to Ihor Indylo’s mother that the whole truth would be uncovered about how her son died in police custody only hours after entering in perfectly good health, the Prosecutor is continuing to push a police version which seems at odds with the video footage we can all view | detail

Visits 1383

Lviv Police accused of discriminating against Roma residents of the region

The European Roma Rights Centre has approached Ukraine’s Prosecutor General and Minister of Internal Affairs regarding reports that police officers are unlawfully taking fingerprints and carrying out checks in a discriminatory fashion of Roma people | detail

Visits 929

Scene of the Crime: Police Stations

There are plans to reinstate public human councils dissolved by the present MIA management. Experts from the Association of Ukrainian Monitors of Human Rights Observance by the Police are convinced that public monitoring of police activities is vital in protecting citizens from police lawlessness. | detail

Visits 1391

Constitutional Court judgement could destroy case against Kuchma

The Constitutional Court has issued a judgement which effectively eliminates the Melnychenko tapes as evidence in any attempt to prosecute former President Kuchma over the killing of journalist Georgy Gongadze. | detail

Visits 701

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