Parliament moves on Association Agreement draft laws

On 5 September the Verkhovna Rada began consideration of a number of draft laws needed for the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. It passed the first of the laws on amendments to the Penal Code | detail

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Number of prisoners at a record low

According to figures from the State Penitentiary Service as of 1 July 2013 there were 136,223 prisoners in places of confinement. Oleksandr Bukalov from Donetsk Memorial notes that this is the lowest number in the last 2 decades | detail

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Worrying increase in prison suicides

Over the last two years there has been a surge in the number of prisoners committing suicide, with the numbers 34% up on 2008-2010. The number of deaths in penal institutions has also risen | detail

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Lutsenko not allowed visits from his wife / defender or other lawyers

Human Rights Ombudsperson, Valeria Lutkovska claims that this is the law and that she will not be intervening. Lutsenko’s lawyer and the UHHRU Executive Director disagree, saying the right to see ones lawyer is unconditional | detail

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Ukraine’s Prisoners in Figures

The increase seen over the previous two years was stemmed in 2012, almost exclusively through a fall in the number of remand [SIZO] prisoners | detail

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Why gravely ill prisoners are not released

An analysis of the grounds for turning down applications for early release of prisoners with grave conditions, with these unfortunately including shoddy preparation of applications, etc | detail

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Women behind bars in Ukraine

Human rights workers say that the conditions in women’s penitentiary institutions have somewhat improved over recent years, but not medical care and women can be released with tuberculosis and a whole range of chronic illnesses | detail

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Sharp food reduction in Ukraine’s prisons

According to an article by Andrei Sanarovych in the Crimean version of Komentari, since the end of September almost all purchases of vegetables in Ukrainian prison colonies and SIZO [remand units] have been cancelled | detail

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Ban on Lutsenko’s correspondence a flagrant violation of the law

The administration of the Mensk Corrective Colony where Yury Lutsenko, former Interior Minister and opposition leader is being held, has banned Mr Lutsneko from passing letters to the outside world | detail

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Prisoners in Ukraine: approximate figures

The mortality rate is significantly higher than between 2007 and 2010, as well as a coninuing increase in the number of cases of suicide | detail

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On the illegal use by the Penitentiary Service of special purpose units

The human rights organization Donetsk Memorial has addressed an open appeal to the President, Prosecutor General and Human Rights Ombudsperson regarding what it calls systematic violations by the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine’s Constitution and laws | detail

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Worrying SOS calls from Ternopil region corrective colony

There are reports of prisoners subjected to beatings and protest suicide attempts which would appear to be connected with the deployment of one of the notorious swift response units | detail

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Conflicting reports over another death of a detainee

28-year-old Roman Valetov died while detained in the Donetsk SIZO [remand prison]. His relatives assert that he was beaten and point to numerous injuries and bruises. The State Penitentiary Service asserts that he injured himself following spasms similar to an epilepsy attack. | detail

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Ihor Zavadsky remains in custody despite health concerns and doubts about the case

As reported the case of Ihor Zavadsky, a prize-winning accordion-player has given rise to sensational headlines, but also concern. He has now been remanded in custody for another 4 month | detail

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One of the people in the journalist programme “Lukyanivka. Prison No. 1 beaten up

Kostyantin Usov, TVi journalist and producer of the programme “Lukyanivka. Prison No. 1” has posted a blog on Ukrainska Pravda in which he offers a 15 thousand UAH reward for information about the people who attacked one of the people in his film. | detail

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Selective criminal investigation initiated over “Lukyanivka. Prison No. 1 programme

A film exposing corruption and abuse in Ukraine’s most prominent detention centre – Lukyanivsk SIZO has prompted one criminal investigation. Typically it is over the fact that renowned accordionist Igor Zavadsky, who is being held in a case arousing concern had a mobile telephone by which he spoke with the journalist. | detail

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Constitutional Court: Prisoners entitled to attend hearings in all courts

On 18 April the Constitutional Court announced that people serving sentences in penal institutions have the right to participate in hearings into their case at all levels, and pointed out that this right is not presently defined in procedural legislation | detail

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Detention Unit film and its possible ramifications

The investigation carried out by TVi journalist Kostyantin Usov: “Lukyanivka. Prison No. 1” gained a lot of publicity and has, over recently days, led to many contradictory reports | detail

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New hunger strike at Colony No. 89 in Dnipropetrovsk

KHPG has received information that prisoners in Corrective Colony No. 89 in Dnipropetrovsk have been on hunger strike for 5 days. The men are demanding improvement in their conditions, proper medical treatment and food | detail

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Criminal investigation over events at Berdyansk colony

The Zaporizhya Regional Prosecutor’s Office reports that it has initiated a criminal investigation over the use of unlawful force against a prisoner in the Berdyansk Corrective Colony No. 77 | detail

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