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06.10.2012

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

Visits 915
18.08.2012

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

Visits 902
04.08.2012

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

Visits 956
01.08.2012

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

Visits 859
17.07.2012

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

Visits 1121
28.06.2012

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

Visits 2015
28.06.2012

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

Visits 909
26.06.2012

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

Visits 2112
23.06.2012

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 921
31.05.2012

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

Visits 1468
17.05.2012

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

Visits 965
15.05.2012

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

Visits 1602
12.05.2012

Brief lesson in the law for the Prosecutor General

Oleksandr Bukalov from Donetsk Memorial, an organization particularly active in upholding prisoners’ rights has responded to the Prosecutor General’s recent public statement about the bruises on imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko | detail

Visits 1371
24.04.2012

Evangelical Baptists accuse Sumy police of torture

Fellow members of the congregation held a picket with a sign reading “They torture people here” after two members of the Church of Evangelical Baptists were allegedly subjected to blows, abuse and threats by officers of the Zarichny Police Station. | detail

Visits 1276
09.04.2012

Three former police officers sentenced over death of Yevhen Zvenigorodsky

In March 2011 32-year-old Yevhen Zvenigorodsky was taken out of a Kharkiv police station and left to die on a city square | detail

Visits 931
29.03.2012

New forensic analysis ordered in Strogan case

The court has ordered that a new forensic assessment be carried out after experts were not provided with the domestic knife purportedly used in the alleged “attempted murder”, and any medical document indicating the level of injuries | detail

Visits 1028
23.03.2012

Examination of appeal over Indylo case verdicts deferred

The Kyiv Court of Appeal has posponed until 12 April the next hearing into the appeal against the verdicts handed down over the death of student Ihor Indylo in a police station | detail

Visits 1330
23.03.2012

A positive step at last on Yakiv Strogan’s allegations of torture

The High Specialised Court on Civil and Criminal Cases has revoked the court rulings upholding the Prosecutor’s decision not to initiate a criminal investigation over Yakiv Strogan’s allegations of torture | detail

Visits 956
23.03.2012

Trial begins of police officers over death of Laslo Kolomparov

39-year-old Laslo Kolomparov died during the night of 15 January 2011after upposedly jumped out of a window of the Loziv Police Station. He had a closed head and skull injury, concussion, numerous rib fractures, an injury to the chest cage, a broken shoulder and burst liver and bladder. | detail

Visits 992
14.03.2012

Council of Europe concerned about ill-treatment by the police and detention conditions

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment has expressed concern over the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by the police in Ukraine | detail

Visits 1121
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