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01.03.2013

Ukrainian courts in no hurry to correct their mistakes

Ukraine does not have a mechanism for reviewing the cases of life prisoners. Their only chance of proving a miscarriage of justice remains the European Court of Human Rights. | detail

Visits 1341
26.02.2013

Investigation of high-profile criminal cases

These are much publicized crimes which high-ranking officials – the President, Head of the SBU [Security Service] or Interior Minister – take under their personal control issuing urgent instructions to find the criminals | detail

Visits 1504
22.02.2013

Demand for Long Sentences in Gravely Flawed Zaporizhya Church Bomb Trial

In a trial which has from the outset aroused profound concern, the prosecution has demanded very long sentences for three young men who all maintain that their multiple confession were beaten out of them. | detail

Visits 2000
13.02.2013

Lost in SIZO

Why the case of three young men charged over a bomb blast in a Zaporizhya Church on 28 July 2010 warrants close scrutiny from all bodies fighting torture and concerned over problems with the justice system in Ukraine. I | detail

Visits 2378
07.02.2013

Puppet Justice

The latest court hearing in the case of the young men charged over the Zaporizhya Church bomb in July 2010 will take place on 7 February. As the text mentions, it will be without one of the defendants lawyers whom the presiding judge has removed from the case. This is only one of a very large number of grounds for concern | detail

Visits 1847
01.02.2013

Against Television Justice

Three young men, two former sacristans of the Church and the elder brother of one of them have effectively become hostages of a promise made to the President to solve a crime within the week | detail

Visits 2475
01.02.2013

Primetime Justice: The Zaporizhya Church Bombing

Three young men charged in connection with the 2010 explosion have been in detention without sentence for two and a half years. Their case is known in Ukraine as the “case of the sacristans” and urgently needs to be raised at the EU-Ukraine Summit precisely because its outcome is widely seen as being quite unrelated to the guilt or otherwise of the defendants. | detail

Visits 1705
01.02.2013

No Duress? Telling Details in the Zaporizhya Church Bomb Case

The case of three young men tried over the bomb which exploded in the Svyato-Prokovsk Church, Zaporizhya on 28 July 2010 continues to cause grave concern. The following gives some idea why | detail

Visits 2126
25.01.2013

Prosecutor again blocks further investigation into death of Ihor Indylo

The Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office informs that the criminal case into the death of Ihor Indylo, the young student who died in police custody in May 2010 has been sent for a new court examination, and not the further investigation consistently sought by Ihor’s family and civic groups | detail

Visits 1526
18.01.2013

Massive bill for State’s failure to enforce human rights court rulings

In one of the European Court of Human Rights judgements issued on 17 January, the Court found serious violations of the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment and others in the case of 18 prisoners of the Izyaslav Prison | detail

Visits 2084
26.12.2012

The European Court has its opinion, the Chernihiv Prosecutor another...

A Chernihiv court has yet again cancelled the decision issued by the Prosecutor’s Office to terminate criminal cases over the bodily injuries inflicted by police officers on Mykhailo Koval and his family | detail

Visits 1469
25.12.2012

Justice in the Balance

Two men have finally been released from custody after six years in SIZO on the basis of a “confession” beaten out of one of them and despite howling discrepancies and infringements of their right to defence | detail

Visits 1576
19.12.2012

Strasbourg to consider the Pomilyaiko case

Svitlana Polilyaiko has been trying since 2008 to get a proper investigation and prosecution of those police officers who, she alleges, tortured her and her colleague. She has been assisted by a KHPG lawyer in seeking justice with the European Court of Human Rights | detail

Visits 1091
18.12.2012

Territory of torture in Ukraine’s SIZO

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture [CPT] will shortly be presenting Ukraine’s government with its recommendations regarding Ukrainian SIZO [pre-trial isolation units]. | detail

Visits 736
01.12.2012

Infant victim of inhuman treatment

The latest application to the European Court of Human Rights over torture and inhuman treatment which Kharkiv Human Rights Group have prepared involves a five-month-old baby – S. and his 22-year-old mother K. | detail

Visits 1781
30.11.2012

ECHR awards Chernihiv police torture victims 35 thousand EUR

Profoundly frustrating that it is the taxpayers who will pay for yet another case involving lawless behaviour by police officers and failure by the authorities to investigate and prosecute the culprits | detail

Visits 1145
15.11.2012

Damning report on Ukraine from European body against torture

Frequent reports of torture and ill-treatment, including from women and juveniles, delays in providing specialised medical examinations for Tymoshenko, Lutsenko and others, and more in the latest report from the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment | detail

Visits 1411
13.11.2012

Police officers accused of torturing a detainee still at work

3 years after 6 police officers were found guilty by a first instance court of exceeding their powers and unlawful methods of detective inquiry, a Chernihiv newspaper reports that all the men are at liberty and some are still serving in UBOZ | detail

Visits 1713
07.11.2012

Law extending Ombudsperson’s powers comes into force

The law on amendments to the Law on the Human Rights Ombudsperson regarding a national preventive mechanism came into force on 4 November. | detail

Visits 1221
01.11.2012

People frightened of complaining of police torture

The Kharkiv Institute for Social Research estimates as many as 900 cases of ill-treatment in police custody a year. Human rights workers believe that the majority of victims are afraid to report what happened to them. | detail

Visits 1332
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