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24.03.2009

Amnestied prisoners in no hurry to move

There are 2,800 prisoners eligible for amnesty however most often people simply have nowhere to go after their release | detail

Visits 837
20.03.2009

No Presidential opinion on prisoners’ food parcels

Fortunately the Ministry of Justice is planning to deal with this real problem in crisis conditions | detail

Visits 1030
06.02.2009

UHHRU Appeal on behalf of prisoners

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union is calling on the President, Prime Minister and Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada to use their legislative initiative to prepare and submit a draft law to protect the rights of prisoners to receive parcels without restriction. | detail

Visits 1344
05.02.2009

Legal aid to prisoners:

KHPG Open Letter to the Prosecutor General Oleksandr Medvedko and the Head of the State Department for the Execution of Sentences, Vasyl Koshchynets over stubborn refusals to provide information and access to legal aid | detail

Visits 1455
02.02.2009

Former Head of Lviv SIZO convicted of beating prisoners

The court passed a 3.5 year suspended sentence on Vasyl Romanyshyn | detail

Visits 873
29.10.2008

KHPG lawyer refused access to prisoners

The persistent refusal to allow our lawyer to see prisoners complaining of force being used against them suggests that an attempt is being made to ensure that the traces of ill-treatment are not seen and that those responsible are not punished | detail

Visits 1530
25.10.2008

Parents to face stiffer penalties for offences against their children

Psychologists and the heads of juvenile corrective institutions say that it is most often lack of attention and care that leads to young people ending up behind bars | detail

Visits 1174
03.10.2008

Head of the Department for the Execution of Sentences broke the law

The ruling which found that the Head of the Department acted unlawfully in failing to provide information in timely fashion has come into force. | detail

Visits 914
19.09.2008

Public control wanting over penal institutions

According to the head of Donetsk Memorial Oleksandr Bukalov, there is virtually no public control over penal institutions, and what is being seen is a mere imitation of protection of prisoners’ rights | detail

Visits 1612
29.08.2008

Strategy for reforming criminal justice may get moving

In September, according to the Strategy, a new Criminal Procedure Code should be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers for its consideration | detail

Visits 1694
22.07.2008

Official responses and questions remaining

On recent responses from the State Department for the Execution of Sentences on what it deems to be unconstructive criticism | detail

Visits 1374
16.07.2008

25% of suspects remanded in custody unwarrantedly

This is the number of people freed because the investigations are terminated by the criminal investigation or detective inquiry units; the preventive measure is changed; the case is terminated by the courts and through acquittals; suspended sentences etc | detail

Visits 1119
15.07.2008

Police officers charged over the wrongful prosecution of Svitlana Zaitseva

Svitlana Zaitseva had “confessed” to the crime during the criminal investigation, apparently under duress. She died of tuberculosis contracted in prison | detail

Visits 1633
04.07.2008

So are there restrictions on parcels for prisoners?

A Constitutional Court judgment, Cabinet of Ministers Resolution, as well as Internal Regulations make it difficult to answer a question which clearly needs regulating | detail

Visits 1233
20.06.2008

Real measures not imitation needed

Open Appeal over numerous human rights infringements in the work of the State Department for the Execution of Sentences | detail

Visits 1890
13.06.2008

Head of the Penal Service not above the law

Court finds that the Head of the State Department for the Execution of Sentences acting wrongfully by failing to provide information in the legally stipulated period on the mortality figures in the penal system | detail

Visits 1155
11.06.2008

No sign of mass beating of prisoners in Colony No. 100

Head of the Board of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and KHPG legal expert Arkady Bushchenko and bar lawyer Iryna Yakovets visited the colony on 10 June, following a press statement from the Vinnytsa Human Rights Group | detail

Visits 1532
31.05.2008

Looking in – and out

An important new website has been created by Donetsk Memorial and has begun work in gathering and sharing information about Ukraine’s penal institutions. | detail

Visits 1552
16.04.2008

Verkhovna Rada prepared to humanize the penal system

238 National Deputies (236 votes were needed) voted on Tuesday to pass through its second reading the draft law “On amendments to the Criminal and Criminal Procedure Codes on humanizing criminal liability | detail

Visits 1605
10.04.2008

Penal staff rapped on the knuckles

The heads of the penal colonies where incidents occurred recently are to be punished, at least through disciplinary measures | detail

Visits 1219
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