Dmytro Karpenko and another lawyer detained in Kirovohrad

Dmytro Karpenko whose case has led to an Amnesty International Urgent Action was detained on Thursday just before the court hearing due to consider his appeal against a criminal investigation over allegedly “resisting police officers” in August | detail

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New Criminal Procedure Code: More Powers for the Police?

There are plans to pass a new Criminal Procedure Code which has been under preparation now for 5 years. However in the latest version, the powers of the police are significantly broadened | detail

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Pressure and Offensive on Social Protests

"One has the impression that after the termination of mass-scale and long-lasting protests, the regime has decided to crush those disgruntled, show their sphere of influence and “put them in their place”. So that others don’t think to follow their example, and come out onto the streets to uphold their rights" | detail

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Pomilyaiko torture case: Victim’s relatives summoned for questioning

Relatives of Svitlana Pomilyaiko who has been trying since 2008 to have her allegations of torture by police properly investigated received the summons on the day of the interrogation and were warned they could be brought in by force | detail

Visits 1086

Police Record on Human Rights in 2011

The Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors on Law Enforcement (UMDPL) held a roundtable on 19 December at which they presented the results of their monitoring of police observance of human rights during 2011 | detail

Visits 773

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

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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 796

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 1239

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

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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

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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 1185

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 1260

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

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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 1600

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 1672

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