Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

Ukrainian prisoners threatened with reprisals if they don’t retract reports of torture

Kharkiv prisoners who were brutally beaten after complaining of torture are now facing physical reprisals if they do not withdraw their formal complaints | detail

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Ukrainian prisoners savagely beaten after complaining of torture

Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group lawyers and monitors have been blocked from entering Oleksiivska Correctional Colony No. 25 in Kharkiv since a believed punitive operation on 8 January against prisoners who had complained of torture | detail

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Extra sentences used as reprisals against Ukrainian prisoners who complain

Over quarter of a century after the collapse of the USSR, Ukraine is still applying a punitive norm dating back to Soviet times that makes it possible to add years to prisoners’ sentences for minor infringements of regulations | detail

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Ukrainian prisoner with cancer savagely beaten after ECHR defended her right to medical treatment

Anna Solopova, a young woman suffering from a serious oncological illness has been beaten and deprived of life-saving medical treatment after she successfully upheld her right to such care at the European Court of Human Rights | detail

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How many deaths do you already have on your conscience?

On a ’hospital’ for prisoners, where those with serious illnesses receive no treatment, and where there may well be ’paying patients’ without any identifiable illnesses | detail

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Ukrainian prisoners can get years added to their sentence for demanding their rights

An extraordinary relict from Soviet times makes it possible for Ukrainian prisoners to have up to three years added to their prison sentence for the most trivial of misdemeanours  | detail

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Prisoners die in unexplained circumstances in Russian-controlled ‘Luhansk republic’ prisons

In August alone, five prisoners are known to have died in prisons under the control of the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR].  Two of the men are believed to have committed suicide, while two other men found in the sewage system reportedly had marks suggesting that they had been subjected to physical violence | detail

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The rights of convicts detained in the ORDLO

This publication is devoted to the situation of detainees who are in custody in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts and were deprived of liberty before the beginning of the military conflict. | detail

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Ukrainian prisoner tortured in Russia for rejecting Russian citizenship

Hryhory Larionov was subjected to torture while illegally held in Russian prison colonies because of his refusal to take on Russian citizenship.  He is now planning to demand compensation from the Russian Federation both for the torture, and for the fact that he has been prevented from returning to Crimea.  He says that all prisoners who reject Russian citizenship face particularly bad treatment. | detail

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Mask show at the Odesa SIZO

This unlawful practice is still used and remains unpunished, despite the declared penitentiary reform. Now this beating in the Odesa SIZO has already been muffled in the long familiar fashion | detail

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Ukraine’s Parliament slips in dangerous carte blanche for blocking torture investigations

A new norm sneaked in when nobody was looking will lead to a situation where investigations into allegations of torture and ill-treatment by prison staff are carried out by the suspected perpetrators’ colleagues . | detail

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Ukraine’s legislators refuse to part with repressive Soviet-era norm

Ukraine’s MPs have failed worse tests, nonetheless the refusal to remove a norm hearkening back to Soviet times is frustrating. It is likely that many MPs could simply not be bothered to read the bill, with this potentially costing prisoners up to three years’ extra imprisonment. | detail

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Crimean prisoner slashes his throat in protest at forced Russian citizenship

Crimean prisoners sentenced under Ukrainian law are having Russian citizenship foisted on them and being illegally ‘retried’ under Russian law. Elvis Asanov, a life prisoner, registered his protest at such attempts on May 11 by slashing his throat directly in the courtroom. | detail

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Soviet-era norm allows revenge prosecution of prisoners who assert their rights

Human rights activists have called for the adoption of draft bill 2708 which aims to remove the current possibility of extending prisoners’ sentences over alleged minor offences. | detail

Visits 2021

Savchenko law could result in large numbers of prisoners released

If signed into force, Nadiya Savchenko’s first legislative initiative as MP could result in up to one in five prisoners being released, however there could also be some more negative consequences. . | detail

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Yevhen Zakharov: The Prosecutor’s office is not carrying out its oversight duties in penitentiary institutions

The third anniversary is approaching of the entry into force of the new version of the Criminal Procedure Code [CPC]. However some experts say that officials working on crimes have still not adapted to the demands of the document, and there remain numerous infringements of the rights of parties to the proceedings in their actions. Is this the case? | detail

Visits 2086

Alert over prisoners trapped by the fighting

The civic initiative Donbas SOS has issued an appeal over the plight of over 50 people – both prisoners and local residents whose nearby homes have been destroyed – who urgently need to be evacuated from Prison Colony No. 23 (Chornukhino). | detail

Visits 2479

KHPG: labour rights infringed in prison colonies

Dangerous working conditions and lack of safety mechanisms; reductions in wages or even non-payment altogether were the conditions Kharkiv Human Rights Group monitors found in prison colonies in the Kharkiv, Khmelnytsky and Zhytomir oblasts | detail

Visits 2137

How amendments to the Penal Code are (not) working

Oleksandr Bukalov from Donetsk Memorial reports that amendments to the Penal Code which allowed life prisoners to have long visits are still encountering resistance from the Penitentiary Service | detail

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Protests in another Ukrainian corrective colony

Following reports of a hunger strike involving a number of prisoners at the Zamkova Corrective Colony No. 58 in Izyaslav, a monitoring group with representatives of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group visited the colony without any warning on Nov 25 | detail

Visits 2447

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