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08.10.2011

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

Visits 1429
07.10.2011

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

Visits 1335
05.10.2011

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

Visits 1244
04.10.2011

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

Visits 1798
04.10.2011

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

Visits 979
03.10.2011

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

Visits 1787
07.09.2011

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

Visits 1827
02.09.2011

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

Visits 871
01.09.2011

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

Visits 1252
31.08.2011

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

Visits 935
18.08.2011

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

Visits 1584
18.08.2011

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

Visits 2801
15.07.2011

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

Visits 1283
14.07.2011

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

Visits 1214
13.07.2011

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

Visits 1087
09.07.2011

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

Visits 1154
09.07.2011

Three police officers to be prosecuted over death of detainee

Three men are to be charged with grievous bodily injuries and exceeding their powers over the death in police custody of Yevhen Zvenigorodsky on 30 March this year | detail

Visits 1249
28.06.2011

Human rights groups: Use of Torture has increased

Only a quarter of the victims dare to complain of unlawful violence from the police because they’re intimidated, or because they don’t believe that it will have a positive result | detail

Visits 1507
28.06.2011

And another death in police custody

A 44-year-old detainee died on Monday 27 June in a Kharkiv temporary holding facility after being detained on Friday on suspicion of stealing a gas cylinder | detail

Visits 830
26.06.2011

Immunity has a Human Face

The case of Yakov Strogan whose arrest following his public allegations of torture by police officers is of enormous significance because of the lesson it is clearly trying to give others, and the very dangerous conclusions which will be drawn by certain police officers if justice does not prevail | detail

Visits 1806
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