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23.01.2014

Berkut undress and beat activist in freezing temperatures

A video posted on YouTube shows Berkut riot police and other officers in black Interior Forces uniform undressing and humilating a man detained on Hrushevsky St. Caught on video, the police have "apologised" | detail

Visits 5054
06.01.2014

Vradiyivka: All the promises prove empty

The investigations initiated after the events in Vradiyivka shook the country and scared the authorities in July have been terminated | detail

Visits 853
24.12.2013

Police told to show the orders to use force against peaceful protesters

In a positive move, the District Administrative Court has agreed that the Interior Ministry must show orders and other documentation regarding the use of Berkut riot police. On a more negative note it has rejected equally legitimate demands for information from others including the Prosecutor General and the ambulance service. | detail

Visits 1264
22.12.2013

Full-Frontal Offensive against Road Control

A Road Control activist has been shot and injured, and his car set alight in the latest attack on people from this civic watchdog which monitors the work of the traffic police. | detail

Visits 3371
16.12.2013

Dangerous anonymity

OZON, the civic initiative monitoring freedom of peaceful assembly has observed small groups of men apparently in police uniform but with only the word police itself, with no way of identifying either the unit that the person is from or the person’s name and rank | detail

Visits 1524
06.12.2013

Road Control journalist detained

In a move which is either badly mistimed or deliberately chosen to spark trouble, the police have detained Road Control journalist Andriy Dzyndzya and an MP’s assistant and are refusing to allow lawyers or MPs in to see them raising fears that the men may have been beaten | detail

Visits 2497
26.11.2013

Berkut riot police beat up Lviv EuroMaidan supporters

Seven students from Lviv who were returning from the Kyiv EuroMaidan rally in support of European integration allege that they were assaulted by Berkut riot police officers | detail

Visits 1796
12.11.2013

Sentences for Show?

Yury Shershen reports that at virtually the same time the Kharkiv and Kharkiv regional prosecutors have reported sentences handed down on police officers allegedly guilty of crimes. He notes however that the crimes they have been convicted of are those which take place on a day-to-day basis in the police | detail

Visits 617
11.11.2013

New allegations of police torture – of a 17-year-old

17-year-old Oleksandr Yefymenko from Novomoskovsk (Dnipropetrovsk oblast) was questioned without his parents or a lawyer present. He confessed to murdering a 13-year-old friend, but has now formally retracted this confession, saying it was given under police pressure | detail

Visits 767
04.10.2013

Death in Police Custody: Official and Unofficial Versions

Dmitry Pozdeev’s brief life ended on September 29, two days after being taken into police custody. He had been taking part in “investigative activities” when he died supposedly of an acute heart disorder | detail

Visits 1920
02.10.2013

Young man dies in police detention

On Sunday Sept. 29, at around 16.00, Dmitry Pozdeev, a 19-year-old from Dnipropetrovsk died either at the Kommunarsky District Police Station or shortly after leaving it. | detail

Visits 1304
27.09.2013

Police under Scrutiny activist attacked – police under suspicion

Yevhen Krapyvin, activist for the Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors on Law Enforcement was assaulted on 24 September and there are serious grounds for believing that a police officer in civilian clothes may have been responsible | detail

Visits 731
27.09.2013

Trial of Vradiyivka police officers begins

The preliminary hearing was held on Thursday in the trial of three men, two of them police officers, charged over the brutal rape of Iryna Krashkova from Vradiyivka who was left for dead after the attack | detail

Visits 1320
19.09.2013

So who is defending us?

Civic organizations are demanding measures to enable easy identification of individual police officers. This is vital, they believe, in order to combat police impunity in breaking the law and infringing their rights | detail

Visits 851
04.09.2013

Berkut forces move focus from criminals to demonstrators

The Interior Ministry Special Force Berkut was mainly created to fight dangerous criminals. In fact, however, its main task is increasingly becoming what is euphemistically referred to as protecting public order at protests. | detail

Visits 1118
15.08.2013

Diverging views over proposed law on Public Prosecutor

The new draft Law on the Prosecutor’s Office proposed by the President’s Administration has met with scepticism from representatives of human rights organizations | detail

Visits 918
08.08.2013

Vradiyivka victim discharged from hospital

The three men arrested in connection with the violent rape and beating in Vradiyivka of 29-year-old Iryna Krashkova are now facing charges of attempted murder. | detail

Visits 954
01.08.2013

More dangerous to fight or not fight lawlessness?

If assaulted Road Control journalist Oleh Bogdanov’s wife previously wanted her husband to stop, she now believes there can be no giving in to violent intimidation | detail

Visits 1471
22.07.2013

Vradiyivka victim’s lawyers seek attempted murder charges against police officers

The lawyers of Iryna Krashkova, the young woman from Vradiyivka in the Mykolaiv oblast brutally raped and left for dead, believe that the case should be reclassified as attempted murder. | detail

Visits 1009
05.07.2013

Vradiyivka: Rule of Force rather than Rule of Law

Events in Vradiyivka, the district centre of the Mykolaiv oblast with a population of 8 thousand have stirred up the entire country. On 26 June two officers of the local police station – Lieutenant Dmytro Polishchuk and Capitan Yevhen Dryzhak – dragged a 29-year-old woman, Iryna Krashkova, who was returning from a discotheque, into a taxi, took her to a forest where they raped and savagely beat her, leaving her unconscious | detail

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