Ukraine loses another case over police torture

In the case of Tarasov v. Ukraine, the European Court of Human Rights has once again found Ukraine in violation of the Convention over torture and ill-treatment by the police, failure to provide legal representatiion and others | detail

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Damning Verdict on Ukrainian Justice

Despite clear indications that the judges were aware of the gravely flawed nature of the trial over the Zaporizhya church bomb blast, the appeal court has upheld the convictions. In a move of unprecedented cynicism, both courts have selectively “excluded” inconvenient confessions. | detail

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Glimmer of hope in the flawed Zaporizhya Church Bomb trial

Vital questions are being asked by the judges of the Zaporizhya Court of Appeal and the abject failure by the prosecutor to answer them noted | detail

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Checking Commitment to European Values?

Acceptance that three young men are “doomed” and that nothing can be done to prevent 14 and 15 year prison sentences because of an order issued by Viktor Yanukovych back in July 2010 will indicate that it is not only politicians who have a problem with selective justice. | detail

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Too Many Questions in Zaporizhya Church Bomb Case

A gravely flawed trial is taking place now and the stakes for three young men, their families, and for Ukrainian justice could not be higher. Standing by and simply watching is surely another form of selective justice, and must not be an option. | detail

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How many victims are there of police violence?

Analysis of whether the new Criminal Procedure Code has led to a reduction in the use of torture and ill-treatment by the police | detail

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Prisoner forced to “donate” ECHR awarded compensation to prison?

Shocking allegations that a prisoner awarded large compensation by the Court in Strasbourg is being blackmailed and coerced into handing the money over to the prison administration | detail

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A Trial with Grave Consequences

To the Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine. Jan Tombiński regarding the direct threat to the development of rule of law in Ukraine of a criminal case widely seen as being dependent on promises issued publicly to President Yanukovych | detail

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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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