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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UHHRU: The MIA must be demilitarized and under public scrutiny

Higher salaries and better conditions, without real reform will mean only that detainees are tortured or beaten in newly-painted premises, Volodymyr Yavorsky, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union warns | detail

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Healthcare for Remand Prisoners should be under the Health Ministry

Human rights stress the need for a range of measures to ensure that prisoners receive proper medical care, including removing medical staff from under the jurisdiction of the State Penitentiary Service and making changes to the Penal Code and the Law on Pre-Trial Detention; | detail

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Police Officers detained after Death in Loziv Police Station

The Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office has detained 2 officers from the Loziv Police Station on suspicion of “professional negligence causing death”. This follows the death of a Loziv resident Laslo Kolomparov who supposedly fell from a police station window | detail

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Video footage shows Ihor Indylo’s last hours

CCTV footage shows student Ihor Indylo being brought into the Shevchenkivsky Police Station in May last year just hours before he died. He seems neither drunk, as the police have alleged, nor anything but a healthy young man who was to be turning 20 the next day | detail

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Patients in detention must receive medical care!

Measures are planned on 6 October to highlight the grave situation in Ukrainian SIZO [pre-trial detention centres] where people with illnesses, sometimes very serious, are not given proper treatment or moved to the appropriate hospitals | detail

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Court renews examination of Ihor Indylo’s death

Kyiv’s Desnyansky District Court resumed hearings into the death in custody of young student Ihor Indylo who died in May 2010 during the night of what should have been his 20th birthday. The new judge rejected the application from the Indylo family’s lawyer for additional investigation into the case | detail

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Yellow Card for Ukraine’s Police: Second Warning

On 8 September civic activists throughout the country will take part in measures aimed at ensuring that young people know their rights when in contact with the police and drawing the attention of both the public and MIA management to the issue of human rights observance by police officers | detail

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Crimea: Three police officers convicted of torture

The Crimean Prosecutor’s Office informs that a district court has convicted three Bakhchysarai anti-drugs officers of exceeding their official duties and torture | detail

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Lawyers’ Statement regarding Police treatment of Defence Lawyer D. Karpenko

As Ukrainian lawyers, we are outraged by the fact that the Cherkasy police, instead of defending the law, acted in flagrant breach of it with respect to our colleague, Dmitry Karpenko, subjecting him to quite unacceptable treatment. | detail

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Philosophy of Disrespect

In his article, Volodymyr Batchaev demonstrates how, despite words about fighting torture and ill-treatment by police, the Prosecutor General’s Office shows no sign of wishing to cooperate with NGOS and change entrenched behaviour indicating profound disrespect for the public | detail

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Court cancels investigation into death in police custody of Ihor Indylo

The court rejected the application from Ihor’s parents for an additional forensic examination and to review the CCTV footage from the police station where Ihor Indylo died during the night of what should have been his twentieth birthday. | detail

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Police and Human Rights: Priorities grapple with Indicators

In a damning analysis, , Vladimir Batchaev writes that “Indicators in fighting crime at any cost” has become the slogan of every head of a police department. This leads to unlawful detentions; confessions being beaten out of people; falsification of documents and other forms of police crime. | detail

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Penal Head apparently dismissed over events at Colony No. 89

One official stated that the Prosecutor would be investigating these events, as well as a whole range of other criticisms regarding the rising death rate and incidences of tuberculosis in the colonies, poor cooperation with civic organizations and the press, etc. | detail

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KHPG representative not allowed into Penal Colony No. 89

Andriy Didenko, KHPG Programme Coordinator, who had received permission on Tuesday to visit the penal institution where prisoners have been on hunger strike following the deployment of a Special Forces unit on 5 July, was on Wednesday not allowed into the colonY | detail

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Prisoners beaten for complaining about lack of fresh air?

At a press conference on Tuesday, human rights activists provided information they have been able to receive about the beating of prisoners by a Special Forces unit at Penal Colony No. 89 in Dnipropetrovsk on 5 July | detail

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Prisoners on hunger strike at Colony No. 89 in Dnipropetrovsk

Following the unlawful deployment of a unit of Special Force Officers from the State Penitentiary Service on 5 July, a large number of prisoners have officially declared hunger strike | detail

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