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15.05.2012

Case over death of Ihor Indylo sent for further investigation

The Kyiv Court of Appeal has ordered further investigation in the criminal prosecution of two police officers charged of involvement in the death of Ihor Indylo in the Shevchenkivsky Police Station in Kyiv in May 2010. It has thus allowed the application from Ihor’s parents and the lawyer representing them | detail

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15.05.2012

Legal Aid Lawyer Serhiy Medvedev

An interview with Kharkiv lawyer Serhiy Medvedev, whose name has often appeared here in connection with his defence of Yakiv Strogan in which Mr Medvedev talks about that case, the reasons why there are so few acquittals in Ukraine, and the rule of law he wants his grandchildren to know | detail

Visits 1348
12.05.2012

Brief lesson in the law for the Prosecutor General

Oleksandr Bukalov from Donetsk Memorial, an organization particularly active in upholding prisoners’ rights has responded to the Prosecutor General’s recent public statement about the bruises on imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko | detail

Visits 1393
11.05.2012

Do the Police learn from their mistakes?

On 10 May the results were presented of the nationwide monitoring campaign “Police under Scrutiny» which began this year on 31 March in 12 oblasts after a pilot run in November last year | detail

Visits 1252
11.05.2012

Hundreds die each year due to traffic police corruption

Ukraine gets a pitifult 2.4 out of 10 in the Transparency International rating, while for 10,000 vehicles there are 104.4 road deaths. In Finland, where the corruption index stands at 9.2, there are only 8.2 road deaths for the same number of vehicles. | detail

Visits 1430
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 888
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 1335
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 1097
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 961
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 1690
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 1069
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 1451
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 1778
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 1150
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 2065
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 1507
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 1645
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 1194
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 758
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

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