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

So did a spetsnaz unit beat prisoners of Penal Colony No. 60?

This case now at Colony No. 60 is reminiscent of the events involving the beating of prisoners at the Izyaslav Colony on 22 January this year, then Buchansk Colony No. 85 on 7 June and others. Prisoners are first beaten and then forced to write documents saying that they have no grievances | detail

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Open letter from KHPG to the Head of the State Department for the Execution of Sentences

To avoid any suggestion here or in Strasbourg that witnesses of the violent events at the Izyaslav Penal Colony in January could be subjected to unreasonable disciplinary measures, KHPG will be providing all those involved with free legal aid | detail

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Number of acquittals in Ukrainian courts is pitifully low

Each year from 700-800 people die in penal institutions. No more than 40 of these people commit suicide. These are just a few of the disturbing facts made public in a report prepared by “Donetsk Memorial” | detail

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UHHRU calls on the President to not support the present Strategy Plan for Penal System Reforms

The Strategy Plan for Reforms to the State Penal Service has many failings most linked with the fact that it has nothing to do with reform, and cannot have while those with an interest in maintaining the old are entrusted with the task of creating something new | detail

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Prosecutor General says restrictions on prison visiting times are illegal

The State Department for the Execution of Sentences has been told that its Instruction restricting access to penal institutions by civic organizations and journalists to certain times at the weekend needs to be changed | detail

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Public access to penal institutions constantly under attack

Recently imposed restrictions allowing access to penal institutions only at weekends demonstrate the unwillingness of the Department to cooperate with the public and foster a lack of openness which can foster abuse of prisoners’ rights | detail

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Brutal beating of prisoners in the Izyaslav Penal Colony №31 (Preliminary analysis)

An attempt to establish what did actually happen in the Izyaslav Penal Colony and a reminder to the State Department for the Execution of Sentences that the days when they could conceal such outrages have passed | detail

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Prosecutor General again looks the wrong way over the likely beating of prisoners

Yes, there was a special purpose unit brought into the Buchansk Penal Colony, supposedly because the penal administration couldn’t carry out a search themselves, however the Prosecutor General was unable to find any violence or incorrect behaviour | detail

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Torture continues in Ukraine’s prisons

Beatings and torture are everyday in Ukrainian prisons, and the public have little way of finding out what is happening. Recent events in the Izyaslav Penal Colony No. 31 where an attempted hunger strike resulted in reprisals against the prisoners is just one disturbing example | detail

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26 June is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

At a press conference held by KHPG and La Strada – Ukraine on Monday, particular attention was given to the appalling use of specially trained units in penal institutions, as well as the intransigence of the Department for the Execution of Sentences | detail

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Does the public have any control in Ukraine?

The author considers how much real control the public have over what goes on in penal institutions. He points to obvious failings and clear reluctance on the part of the State Department for the Execution of Sentences to cooperate with civic society. He presents serious proposals and invites wide discussion. | detail

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Anti-terrorist units again beating prisoners

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has demanded that the Prosecutor General investigate the incident at the Buchansk Penal Colony on 7 June where it is alleged prisoners were beaten by members of an “anti-terrorist” unit in masks | detail

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So where’s the penal reform?

Experts from the Council of Europe have criticized Ukraine for failing to analyze the recommendation on the running of the penal system made on the basis of three fact-finding missions to Ukraine | detail

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Ministry of Justice says that it is preparing proposals on humanizing the penal system, especially for minors

With such admirable intentions as to put an end to Ukraine’s high numbers of prisoners, including juvenile offenders, monitoring is certainly required to make sure they don’t remain good plans … | detail

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Official investigation needed in the State Department for the Execution of Sentences

All that’s new in this long list of the problems of Ukraine’s penal institutions is the fact that it’s come from a State Committee | detail

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13 remand prisoners in Komsomolsk didn’t try to cut their wrists for nothing

On 23 February the Poltava Regional Prosecutor’s Office acknowledged that the conditions in the Komsomolsk temporary holding unit where 13 people tried to cut their wrists two days ago are unsatisfactory. | detail

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80% of those held in SIZO [remand centres] have confessions beaten out of them

Well-known human rights defender Semyon Gluzman, is seeking to ensure that at legislative level “voluntary confessions” are removed from police practice. | detail

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Bad food a reason for cutting your wrists?

According to employees of the remand centre [SIZO] in the Poltava region, 13 remand prisoners attempted to cut their wrists on Wednesday because of the unsatisfactory situation with food. The inmates were also angered by the fact that they weren’t allowed daily food parcels from outside. | detail

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Remand prisoners cut their wrists in a Poltava region SIZO

According to unofficial reports, the men were protesting over the conditions in the SIZO and at not being allowed parcels from outside | detail

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In 2006 741 prisoners died in Ukrainian penal colonies

This number was 127 down on the figure for the previous year, making the mortality rate in penal institutions 4.6 per thousand inmates | detail

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