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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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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