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06.09.2013

CPT Report highlights need for further action to combat ill-treatment of sentenced prisoners

In its report published on 5 September the CPT raises doubts as to the effectiveness of the investigation into Yulia Tymoshenko’s allegations of force used against her | detail

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29.08.2013

Zaporizhya Church Bomb Trial Appeal begins

The court could not understand why the three forensic psychologists, two of whom found that the defendants had been placed under serious pressure while the last called by the judge found only “inclination to crime” had not been summoned to explain the divergence of views | detail

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26.08.2013

Watch this Case!

Ths case involves no politicians, no celebrities, but is widely known. It is generally assumed that all three young men are innocent but that no Ukrainian court will acquit them. Attendance in court on 28 August by Human Rights Ombudsperson Valeria Lutkovska, representatives of foreign embassies in Ukraine and EU structures, Amnesty International and the media would give a vital signal. | detail

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02.08.2013

Appeal court upholds controversial verdict in Pavlichenko case

The father and son were sentenced to life and 13 years imprisonment respectively accused of killing a judge. The sentences led to a mass campaign in their defence by fellow football fans. Concern over the case is felt by others as well | detail

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29.07.2013

Judicial Victims

A poignant anniversary in Zaporizhya on Sunday coincided both with the lavish ceremonies laid on in Kyiv to mark the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus and with the release from forced psychiatric treatment of Raisa Radchenko | detail

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25.07.2013

Witness in Indylo death trial changes his story

Oleksandr Khomenko, the friend of the young student, Ihor Indylo who died in police custody in 2010 has always seemed terrified and unwilling to testify. His testimony is critical since he was with Ihor Indylo in the interview room of the police station on that last evening before the healthy young student died. | detail

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19.07.2013

Video coverage banned of court hearings into the death of Ihor Indylo

The Desnyansky District Court in Kyiv has (again) begun hearings over the death in May 2010 of Ihor Indylo in the Shevchenkivsk District Police Station in Kyiv | detail

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26.06.2013

Not just one trial

In an interview otherwise unconstrained by considerations of accuracy, Prime Minister Azarov did get one thing right. The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement may be lost due to a number of unresolved issues, not only the politically motivated prosecution of the President’s main opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko | detail

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26.06.2013

Justice Without Borders

On International Day in Support of Victims of Torture the most effective way we can support victims of torture in Ukraine is to prove that justice can be achieved before the European Court of Human Rights | detail

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19.06.2013

Statistics of Near Impunity

Valeria Burlakova writes in the journal Ukrainsky Tyzhden that suspended sentences and application of amnesties are standard practice in Ukraine for criminal cases against police officers. | detail

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10.06.2013

(Non-)Enforcement of ECHR Judgments in the penitentiary sphere

Response to judgments finding violation of specific rights continues to be confined to paying compensation awarded and instructions, etc, of a general and vague nature | detail

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16.05.2013

Shameful ping-pong to block the truth in the Indylo case

On the eve of the third anniversary of Ihor Indylo’s death in police custody, the Prosecutor has again succeeded in blocking proper examination into the young student’s death | detail

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09.04.2013

Worth wanting to conceal, nonetheless …

After ignoring the total lack of evidence and sentencing three young men to 14 and 15 years imprisonment over the 2010 Zaporizhya Church bomb, Judge Minasov has gone on holiday without providing a copy of the judgement | detail

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03.04.2013

No Miracle, No Justice

Despite no evidence aside from multiple “confessions” retracted in court and grave irregularities, two sacristans of the Svyatopokrovsk Orthodox Church in Zaporizhya, and brother of one of them, have been convicted of the 2010 bomb blast in the Church and sentenced to 15 and 14 years respectively | detail

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02.04.2013

Police officer gets long sentence for raping detainee

A Donetsk court has sentenced one police officer to 10 years imprisonment for raping a male detainee. He must also pay 20 thousand UAH. Two other officers received 4 and 5 year suspended sentences | detail

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29.03.2013

No washing our hands of this case

On the eve of Good Friday in most Christian Churches, Anton Kharytonov, one of the three young men accused of the 2010 bomb blast in the Svyatopokrovsk Orthodox Church in Zaporizhya called on the judge to not be like Pontius Pilateю “I think you have long understood that we are innocent and did not commit this crime” | detail

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22.03.2013

Well-regulated Unaccountability

The Head of Ukraine’s High Qualification Commission of Judges believes that where all is “regulated well in our Constitution and legislation, there’s no need to refer to ECHR judgements.” And where all that is regulated is a system of fob-offs and close cooperation between the police, the prosecutor’s office and the court? | detail

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18.03.2013

Further investigation into Ihor Indylo’s death ordered … again

The Desnyansky District Court in Kyiv has once again ordered that the criminal case into the death of Ihor Indylo, the young student who died in police custody in the early hours of 18 May 2010 be passed to the Prosecutor’s Office for further investigation. | detail

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15.03.2013

Verdict in controversial Zaporizhya Church bomb case postponed

The reason given for the two week postponement was novel to say the least. Delays to this trial which has now dragged on for more than two years are not. | detail

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12.03.2013

Final Act

Help prove that there is justice before the European Court of Human Rights! The verdict is due on 14 March in the high-profile case of three young men charged with the bomb blast in the Zaporizhya Svyatopokrovsk Church on 28 July 2010. Public attention is vital | detail

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