Another prison hunger strike

According to the Human Rights Centre “Svoboda”, on 1 July approximately 84 prisoners from the maximum security unit at Penal Colony No. 58 Izyaslav in the Khmelnytsky region declared an indefinite hunger strike | detail

Visits 1538

Wave of violence spreading in penal institutions

Donetsk Memorial believes the surge in violence to be aimed at intimidating prisoners before the awaited visit by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture | detail

Visits 1417

Discrimination of prisoners an ongoing problem

Despite a positive trend towards lower numbers of prisoners, there were no noticeable improvements in the area of human rights during 2008, with the level of rights abuse remaining high | detail

Visits 1594

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 953

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 1183

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 1498

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 1607

Former Head of Lviv SIZO convicted of beating prisoners

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

Visits 1024

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 1681

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 1332

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 1060

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 1772

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 1874

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 1545

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 1249

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 1835

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 1388

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 2077

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 1318

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 1671

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