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

Russian-controlled Luhansk militants ‘re-sentence’ Ukrainian to 15 years for not handing over his business

There are thousands of prisoners still held in occupied Donbas who are desperate to be transferred to government-occupied Ukraine, including Serhiy Movchan who received a new 15-year ‘sentence’ almost certainly because he resisted the militants’ attempt to steal his business | detail

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On the readiness of the penitentiary system of Ukraine to counteract the spread of COVID-19

Currently more than 52 000 persons are detained in penitentiary institutions and pre-trial detention centers in Ukraine, according to the information from the Ministry of Justice. Add to this number 28 000 of employees and we will receive the real picture that indicates another risk group that must be kept in sight when we talk about counteracting COVID-19. | detail

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The Right to Health Care in Prison during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A legal brief prepared by the Open Society Justice Initiative to assist legalpractitioners inadvocatingand litigatingprisoners’ right to access health care during the COVID-19 pandemic | detail

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Criticism of the Amnesty Bill No. 3397 is Unjust!

Regarding the conclusion of the main scientific-analytical department of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) on the Ukrainian draft law “on the amnesty of convicts (to prevent the spread of the acute respiratory infectious disease COVID-19, caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2)”. | detail

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Ukraine should release three thousand prisoners now and not wait for a major Covid-19 tragedy

Major Ukrainian human rights groups have called on President Volodymyr Zelensky and parliament to finally adopt an amnesty bill that has been gathering dust for almost two months, despite the obvious need for it due to the pandemic | detail

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Is Ukraine’s penitentiary system ready to fight the coronavirus?

We would like to draw the attention to the problem of the spread of COVID-19 in penitentiary institutions, propose particular actions which could contribute to prevention of uncontrolled spread of the disease and develop the proposals which could be useful during their implementation in the practical activities of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine. | detail

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The testing in the prisons, amnesty and parole. Will it happen?

We are on the verge of an outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic in penitentiaries. There is an urgent need to test staff and prisoners in institutions where the disease has already been registered, and to consider as soon as possible the amnesty and parole bills submitted to the Verkhovna Rada on April 27. | detail

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Prevention of spread of COVID-19 in penal institutions through the eyes of detainees

We have received the information about the situation with counteracting the epidemic in 36 penitentiary institutions. Some institutions differ significantly for the better – Chortkiv penal institution No.19, Ivano-Frankivsk penal institution No.12. The situation is much worse in other institutions. | detail

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About response to the article “There is no coronavirus in prisons. But there is”

The State Criminal Enforcement Service confirmed the presence of COVID-19 in its institutions. | detail

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There is no coronavirus in prisons. But there is

Information on confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in prisons was provided. Also we give the recommendations of what to do - as quickly as possible.  | detail

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The Opinion of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group regarding the release of prisoners as prevention to spreading COVID-19 in penitentiary institutions

This is known that the Ministry of Justice is considering three scenarios of the progress of the events . The third scenario is a large-scale outbreak. In our opinion, the third scenario is the most likely given the current situation in the SIZOs and the PI . | detail

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Measures to prevent spreading of COVID-19 epidemic in penitentiary institutions of Ukraine (updated)

In Ukraine today, the most important issue in countering the spread of COVID-19 in penitentiary institutions should be the release of prisoners. The most common and universal practice is the release based on the amnesty law and the parole of convicted persons. | detail

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About coronavirus in correctional colonies in Ukraine

The outbreak of disease among convicts will be very ripping. It will not be a small fire that can be controlled, and not even a blaze in the house. It will be a great tragedy – a huge fire of the highest degree of danger that will capture everyone. | detail

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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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