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08.02.2012

Yakiv Strogan trial clearly being dragged out

Yakiv Strogan has now been held in custody for almost 14 months in a case creating a number of highly dangerous precedents, and with clear signs of being aimed at warning people against speaking out against police torture | detail

Visits 1963
06.02.2012

Further investigation as a factor encouraging unlawful violence

Denis Kobzin and Andriy Chernousov from the Kharkiv Institute for Social Research write that the courts are not preventing the use of confessions obtained by unlawful methods. While there are many reasons, they say that the main cause is the degree of dependence of judges. | detail

Visits 1175
06.02.2012

Criminal investigation over alleged forged Chornobyl documents declared unlawful

On 3 February 2012 the Kyivsky District Court in Kharkiv overturned the decision to initiate a criminal investigation over alleged forging of documents confirming the status of former Chornobyl clean-up workers | detail

Visits 1857
02.02.2012

Worrying trends

Oleksy Svyetikov from the Luhansk Regional Branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine reports a worrying increase in interference as well as downright unlawful behaviour by Luhansk police officers with respect to civic activists | detail

Visits 2259
01.02.2012

Kharkiv Police through the eyes of foreign residents

41% of the foreign nationals living in Kharkiv experienced some harassment on religious or racial / ethnic grounds in 2010/2011 | detail

Visits 822
28.01.2012

Deaths in Remand Cells must be investigated

The alarming trend towards an increase in deaths in police custody or penal institutions seen over the last two years is not letting up, with two young men dying in unclear circumstances just in the last week. | detail

Visits 1491
27.01.2012

Rubber Stamp Courts

Overt pressure on the enforcement bodies and increasing encroachments on the independence of the judiciary are a danger to everybody. Journalists would be well-advised to think hard about who they are serving through uncritical reporting such as that seen over the PrivatBank killings | detail

Visits 1822
25.01.2012

21-year-old dies in Kyiv Remand Prison, supposedly electrocuted

Following a report on his Facebook page by TVi journalist Konstyantin Usov, the State Penitentiary Service has issued a statement on its website regarding the death of a young man last night, 24 January. As can be seen below this diverges considerably from the journalist’s report | detail

Visits 1539
17.01.2012

2011 Black Calendar of Deaths in Police Custody

The Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors on Law Enforcement has compiled a harrowing report on death in police custody during 2011. Of the 35 deaths, 7 people hanged themselves, and 5 jumped from windows | detail

Visits 1600
13.01.2012

Police valiantly fight … paint daubed on Yanukovych billboards

The police claim that criminal investigations are justified since "the acts involved flagrant infringements of public order, coupled with extraordinary cynicism, demonstrative disregard for generally accepted norms of morality and rules of behaviour in public places, damage to property, as well as undermining the President’s authority.” | detail

Visits 1517
12.01.2012

Trial of police officers over death of Yevhen Zvenigorodsky continues

Forensic tests found that Mr Zvenigorodsky had died from a stomach injury, and that he had been beaten no later than 5 hours before his death, this meaning while in police custody | detail

Visits 1583
09.01.2012

Betrayal

We are left with shame before Ihor Indylo and his parents.Shame and fear, since each case of impunity for police who kill and torture can result in new outrages. | detail

Visits 2075
09.01.2012

Ukraine must launch fresh investigation into student death in custody

The Ukrainian authorities must launch a fresh investigation into the death in custody of a student, Amnesty International said after two police officers suspected of responsibility for his death walked free following a court hearing in Kyiv | detail

Visits 1909
07.01.2012

Yanukovych signs into law extension of Security Service’s powers

Among other extended powers, the SBU is now responsible for investigating “mass disturbances” and crimes falling under "abuse of power" | detail

Visits 1651
06.01.2012

Protests against impunity for Ihor Indylo’s killers

In Kyiv and Zhytomyr protests took place on Thursday evening over the announcement of a verdict in the case of the one police officer left facing charges over the death in police custody of young student Ihor Indylo | detail

Visits 1612
05.01.2012

Conditional sentence over death in police custody of Ihor Indylo

Neither the court nor the Prosecutor established what had led to the serious injury which caused Ihor’s death. Prykhodko was convicted only of unwarrantedly detaining the young student and dragging him by force into the cell | detail

Visits 1726
30.12.2011

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

Visits 1775
29.12.2011

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

Visits 785
23.12.2011

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

Visits 1885
21.12.2011

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 1189
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