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

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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

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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

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Zhytomyr judge faces charges over exploiting prisoners

A judge from the Zhytomyr region is accused of using people imprisoned for 15 days to help build his father’s dacha. He could now face between 5 and 8 years imprisonment himself | detail

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More on the latest use of spetsnaz in a penal colony

A visit by two representatives of the Ombudsperson resulted in the withdrawal of the spetsnaz unit (although the Head of the colony Yury Zavhorodny had sworn that the spetsnaz would remain in the colony until it “established order”) | detail

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Incident in Penal Institution No. 77

Yet another occasion where a special forces unit may have been deployed but where the secrecy of the Department for the Execution of Sentences makes it virtually impossible to check the facts | detail

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Events in Penal Colony No. 100

The stable situation which the Department for the Execution of Sentences reports would appear to be somewhat less resolved, although attempts are being made to talk to the prisoners | detail

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Spetsnaz strikes again?

The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group has received information that on 18 March, a spetsnaz [special forces] unit of around 10 men in masks and full fighting gear was deployed in penal institution No. 55 in the Zaporizhya region | detail

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The Thing in itself

Different sides presented their view of the penal system in Ukraine to one of the only journalists who perceived the public need for information about the spectacle which took place at – and outside – a press conference on 22 February | detail

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Open letter to Ukraine’s leaders over serious problems in the Penal System

A body designed to increase public safety is increasingly becoming a source of danger. This situation is leading to grave violations of the rights both of prisoners and personnel of penal institutions, to the use of unlawful force against people deprived of their liberty and to abuse of official powers | detail

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Unlawful violence yet again in the penal system

Until the system becomes more open to scrutiny, such allegations and concern about unlawful violence in penal institutions must inevitably continue | detail

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Where is Ukraine’s prison system heading?

Oleksandr Betsa, who has many years experience of the penal service, has launched a scathing attack on the State Department for the Execution of Sentences and changes over the last three years. The following are some specific targets of criticism | detail

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Plans to develop vocational training in penal institutions

The First Deputy Minister of Justice has spoken of plans to expand the network of existing vocational centres and create new ones within penal institutions | detail

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Open letter, copied everywhere, so here’s hoping

The Department for the Execution of Sentences remains resourceful, if unconvincing, in their efforts to avoid providing information, in this case, concerning the deployment of a special anti-terrorist unit against prisoners at the Izyaslav Penal Colony in January 2007 | detail

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Not again?

KHPG has received information suggesting that despite the recent cancellation of an Order on anti-terrorist units in penal institutions, a spetsnaz unit may once again have been deployed | detail

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Conflicting stories over three cases of self-mutilation in a penal colony

Donetsk lawyer Serhiy Salov has met with the three prisoners involved in yesterday’s attempted suicide or self-mutilation in Donetsk Penal Colony No. 124. He states that the act was in protest at the terrible conditions | detail

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Good tidings for the New Year

The Ministry of Justice has revoked registration of the scandalous Order of the State Department for the Execution of Sentences which allows for the use of a special anti-terrorist unit in penal institutions and pre-trial detention centres | detail

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Clearly no chance of a let up for Strasbourg

KHPG confirms that any case where disciplinary penalties have been applied without allowing the prisoners moved after the events at Izyaslav the opportunity to receive legal aid will be used to demonstrate violation of Article 34 of the European Convention | detail

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Hunger strike in Izyaslav Penal Colony

The prisoners are complaining about their conditions. They are aware that the Department for the Execution of Sentences could apply their usual tactic and bring in a special purpose unit, but stress that their protest is peaceful and non-violent. | detail

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Family of wrongfully convicted mother awarded 2 million UAH

Svitlana Zaitseva died of tuberculosis contracted while imprisoned for a murder she did not commit. She had “confessed” to the crime during the criminal investigation, apparently under duress | detail

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