First Amnesty International letter-writing marathon with a Ukrainian prisoner

Yakiv Strogan was arrested on charges of attempted murder four months after the incident in question. During those months he had very publicly, including in parliament, accused police officers of abduction, torture and attempted extortion. | detail

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Now the Prosecutor flouts UN Human Rights Committee’s conclusion on Shchetka Case

The Prosecutor assures the Human Rights Ombudsperson that at each stage everything was done fully in accordance with the law, etc etc and states that the conclusions reached by the UN Human Rights Committee have not been corroborated | detail

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Stanislav Lutsenko finally released!

A long overdue move given the European Court of Human Rights Judgement in his case from the end of December 2008 | detail

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Number of applications to Strasbourg over torture on the increase

Valeria Lutkovska, Government Representative on European Court of Human Rights matters speaks about the Judgement in the Case of Nechiporuk and Yonkalo v. Ukraine and the urgent need for an adequate means of reacting to cases of police torture | detail

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Public assessment of police violence

If earlier it was criminals who were most likely to be subjected to unlawful violence by the police, now the list of victims has broadened to include suspects, witnesses, relatives, Denis Kobzin, Director of the Kharkiv Institute for Social Research and co-author of a recent public survey, comments | detail

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Ukrainian Court sees no need to consider international obligations over the case of Viktor Shchetka

On 3 November 2011 the High Specialized Court of Ukraine issued its decision on an application to have the case of Viktor Shchetka reviewed following a damning judgement from the Human Rights Committee | detail

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Pomilyaiko torture case hits another hurdle

It has been learned that a month ago the Prosecutor of the Ordzhonikidze District in Kharkiv once again terminated the criminal investigation into allegations of police torture from Svitlana Pomilyaiko | detail

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Trial begins over another death in police custody

Three police officers are on trial following the death of Yevhen Zvenigorodsky, left to die on a city square after an hour (at least) in a neighbouring police station. One of the accused is charged under Article 121 (torture) | detail

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Let’s help the Police know their duties

Information about the public monitoring of conditions and human rights observance in police stations and some highly telling video footag | detail

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Police under Public Scrutiny

From 7 to 21 November 2011 around 50 Ukrainian NGOs will be taking part in a nationwide campaign entitled “The Police under Control” during which civic activists will carry out human rights monitoring of the police | detail

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Human rights workers outraged over MIA Public Council scam

Not one representative of a human rights organization is on the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Public Council attached to the MIA which is supposed to monitor human rights adherence by the police and in places of confinement | detail

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Key witness in trial over Ihor Indylo’s death in police custody clearly frightened

Sashko Khomenko “doesn’t remember” most things and is clearly scared. Ihor Indylo’s parents both had conversations with the young man who had known Ihor most of his life, and say that he told them the truth about who caused Ihor’s death | detail

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How the anbulance doctor left Ihor Indylo to die

More conflicting evidence in the examination into the death of Ihor Indylo, the young student who died of injuries he received in a Kyiv police cell in the earlier hours of what should have been his twentieth birthday | detail

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Police continue to deny any wrongdoing in death of Ihor Indylo

At the court hearing on Wednesday, the former Head of the Shevchenkivsky Police Station insisted that there had been nothing improper in Ihor’s detention, that he had been treated properly and that he simply died after “falling”. | detail

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Torment continues for Ihor Indylo’s Parents

Despite promises to Ihor Indylo’s mother that the whole truth would be uncovered about how her son died in police custody only hours after entering in perfectly good health, the Prosecutor is continuing to push a police version which seems at odds with the video footage we can all view | detail

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Scene of the Crime: Police Stations

There are plans to reinstate public human councils dissolved by the present MIA management. Experts from the Association of Ukrainian Monitors of Human Rights Observance by the Police are convinced that public monitoring of police activities is vital in protecting citizens from police lawlessness. | detail

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Prosecutor General criticizes Kyiv Prosecutor over leak of Indylo video footage

As reported, Oleksandr Zarutsky, the lawyer representing Ihor Indylo’s family has repeatedly asked - unsuccessfully - for the case to receive further examination. He and the family believe that the police story does not tally with the video footage | detail

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Constitutional Court prohibits detention for resisting police

The Constitutional Court has restricted the period a person can be held in custody without a court order to three days and stated that the police do not have the right to detain people for disobeying their orders | detail

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“Ukrainian Guantanamo” that doesn’t exist. De jure

Despite being declared illegal in early 2008, there is all too much evidence that the notorious "special units" or anti-terrorist units used to intimidate and ill-treat prisoners | detail

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Ukraine must act to deal with endemic police criminality

The Ukrainian authorities must act immediately to deal with endemic police criminality, Amnesty International wrutes in a new report that reveals widespread torture, extortion, and arbitrary detention | detail

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