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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Human Rights Ombudsperson’s powers extended

According to amendments introduced last week in the Law on the Human Rights Ombudsperson, the latter will now be able to visit places of confinement without warning | detail

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Yakiv Strogan: More questions than answers to the end

On 13 August the first instance court in the trial of Kharkiv resident Yakiv Strogan who spoke out publicly for almost 4 months about police torture and extortion and was then charged with "attempted murder”,and held in custody for 15 months finally issued its verdict | detail

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Another supposed leap from a Kharkiv police station window

At around 13.00 on 2 August a 35-year-old man apparently jumped out of a toilet window on the fourth floor of the Ordzhonikidsky District Police Station in Kharkiv. The version given by the police contains several discrepancies | detail

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ECHR awards record damages to Ukrainian victim of police brutality

Bogdan Savitskyy has first group disability status following an encounter with the police in the Ivano-Frankivsk region which left him with a double fracture to the spine | detail

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Conflicting reports over another death of a detainee

28-year-old Roman Valetov died while detained in the Donetsk SIZO [remand prison]. His relatives assert that he was beaten and point to numerous injuries and bruises. The State Penitentiary Service asserts that he injured himself following spasms similar to an epilepsy attack. | detail

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Despite certain positive changes the problem remains very serious

26 June is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Protests to mark this day took place in many Ukrainian cities. This is a report of the press conference which took place in Kharkiv. | detail

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Criminal investigation over alleged police brutality of a detainee

Relatives of a man from Donetsk say that police raped him with a crowbar after detaining him and taking him to the Petrovsk District Police Station | detail

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A Way out of Impasse over the Zaporizhya Church Bomb Case

There are extremely serious grounds for concern over the investigation and trial of three young men accused of the Zaporizhya Church explosion. They have been held now in custody for almost two years and civic intervention is vital. | detail

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Hearing into Strogan case again deferred

The latest hearing in the scandalous murder charges brought against Yakiv Strogan who had publicly alleged torture by police officers has once again been deferred, this time apparently due to the judge being unwell. | detail

Visits 995

Ihor Zavadsky remains in custody despite health concerns and doubts about the case

As reported the case of Ihor Zavadsky, a prize-winning accordion-player has given rise to sensational headlines, but also concern. He has now been remanded in custody for another 4 month | detail

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Hearing in Strogan case again postponed

The latest hearing in the trial of Yakiv Strogan was supposed to take place on Wednesday but was postponed for the second time because the new forensic medical report ordered 4 months ago is still not ready. | detail

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Case over death of Ihor Indylo sent for further investigation

The Kyiv Court of Appeal has ordered further investigation in the criminal prosecution of two police officers charged of involvement in the death of Ihor Indylo in the Shevchenkivsky Police Station in Kyiv in May 2010. It has thus allowed the application from Ihor’s parents and the lawyer representing them | detail

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