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01.05.2012

Amnesty International calls on Ukraine to act now over police brutality

Amnesty International has reiterated its call for reform of the Ukrainian police force ahead of Euro 2012 following the severe beating and robbery of two young men by six officers in Lviv on 21 April. | detail

Visits 857
24.04.2012

Evangelical Baptists accuse Sumy police of torture

Fellow members of the congregation held a picket with a sign reading “They torture people here” after two members of the Church of Evangelical Baptists were allegedly subjected to blows, abuse and threats by officers of the Zarichny Police Station. | detail

Visits 1298
13.04.2012

Interior Ministry finds no infringement in physical violence against Channel 5 journalist

Azad Safarov from TV Channel 5 lodged a complaint after Zeva elbowed him in the face and then pushed his hand with the microphone away several times very roughly when the journalist tried to find out his name and position | detail

Visits 1083
09.04.2012

Three former police officers sentenced over death of Yevhen Zvenigorodsky

In March 2011 32-year-old Yevhen Zvenigorodsky was taken out of a Kharkiv police station and left to die on a city square | detail

Visits 946
04.04.2012

Deliberate attack on Road Control journalist

On 2 April a man in Mykolaiv deliberately drove his car into Vitaly Kosenko, a journalist from Dorozhny Kontrol [Road Control] – a website which monitors the work of the traffic police and breaches of drivers’ rights. | detail

Visits 1665
03.04.2012

The Police to be under Public Scrutiny

From 31 March to 8 April 2012 volunteers will be checking whether police patrols and police stations in all regions of Ukraine are conducting their work in conscientious and lawful manner. | detail

Visits 1054
29.03.2012

Tax Code protester asks for political asylum in European country

Serhiy Kostakov, who spent seven and a half months in custody from December 2010 charged with blocking the road and damaging a car during the mass peaceful protest against the new Tax Code in November 2010, is presently in a European country where he has asked for asylum | detail

Visits 1435
15.03.2012

Ukrainian Security Service’s specific form of vigilance

Concern over the activities of the SBU [Security Service] under its new former KGB boss has been heightened by news in one week of two bursts of activity which seem aimed at intimidation rather than protecting national security | detail

Visits 1746
14.03.2012

Council of Europe concerned about ill-treatment by the police and detention conditions

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment has expressed concern over the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by the police in Ukraine | detail

Visits 1127
13.03.2012

Yakiv Strogan released from custody; impunity intact

It is excellent that Yakiv Strogan has finally been released from custody, albeit on a signed undertaking not to leave, and can now be with his family. It remains as deeply disturbing as ever that the law enforcement bodies and court persist in refusing to investigate serious allegations of torture against police officers | detail

Visits 2037
07.03.2012

Parliament advised to revise draft Criminal Procedure Code

The Commission on the Strengthening of Democracy and Affirmation of the Rule of Law believes that the draft Criminal Procedure Code, passed at its first reading in the Verkhovna Rada on 9 February, needs significant reworking | detail

Visits 1491
07.03.2012

AI: Parliament must strengthen safeguards against torture in new CPC

Amnesty International welcomes the progress that has been made in Ukraine towards the adoption of a new Criminal Procedural Code, but calls on parliament to ensure that the new draft code includes stronger safeguards against torture and other ill-treatment | detail

Visits 1604
01.03.2012

Kharkiv Chornobyl clean-up workers picket regional prosecutor’s office

Former Chornobyl clean-up workers assert that not only is the prosecutor failing to defend their rights and not ensuring that court rulings are enforced, but is also allowing the police to trump up criminal investigations against members of their movement | detail

Visits 1183
29.02.2012

How Ukraine’s police cope with under-funding

A monitoring study carried out by the Odessa Veritas Human Rights Group with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation has found widespread and systematic breaches of people’s property rights | detail

Visits 729
24.02.2012

CE Human Rights Commissioner: Ukraine’s judiciary needs more independence

“Systemic deficiencies in the functioning of the Ukrainian judicial system seriously hinder the enjoyment of human rights. The authorities should take resolute steps to better address these problems” | detail

Visits 1976
15.02.2012

Court closes site fighting traffic police lawlessness

A court in Kyiv on Tuesday has allowed an application to temporarily stop providing hosting for the website Dorozhny Kontrol - roadcontrol.org.ua - until a final ruling is issued. | detail

Visits 1611
13.02.2012

Without torture cases don’t get to the court

"Investigators try to obtain confessions from suspects even where they have irrefutable evidence of the crime, proving guilt…. It’s the Soviet school. Only after getting a confession do they send the case to the court" | detail

Visits 1656
10.02.2012

Ivan Romanov v. Ukraine’s police, prosecutor and court

Inna Sukhorukova recounts another story of police impunity, involving a young man not only accused of a crime he didn’t commit, serious procedural irregularities and a court trial despite the defendant being recognized as mentally unfit to stand trial. | detail

Visits 1515
10.02.2012

25-year-old dies following police interrogation

On 8 February in the Budyonovsk District Police Station in Donetsk a young man died after being “invited to the station” to give testimony in a criminal investigation regarding a robbery. | detail

Visits 1665
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 1788
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