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14.03.2012

Strogan case: second forensic test led to release

The second assessment found only light bodily injuries which had not caused lasting damage to health and could not examine the alleged weapon since this was not presented | detail

Visits 953
13.03.2012

Yakiv Strogan released from custody; impunity intact

It is excellent that Yakiv Strogan has finally been released from custody, albeit on a signed undertaking not to leave, and can now be with his family. It remains as deeply disturbing as ever that the law enforcement bodies and court persist in refusing to investigate serious allegations of torture against police officers | detail

Visits 2000
13.03.2012

Around 1 million people held in places of confinement

The fact that many places of confinement are not designated as such creates fertile ground for abuse. There are places which anyone can end up in, but not everybody can leave, yet which require neither a court order nor the involvement of anyone defending the person in question. | detail

Visits 796
07.03.2012

Parliament advised to revise draft Criminal Procedure Code

The Commission on the Strengthening of Democracy and Affirmation of the Rule of Law believes that the draft Criminal Procedure Code, passed at its first reading in the Verkhovna Rada on 9 February, needs significant reworking | detail

Visits 1483
07.03.2012

AI: Parliament must strengthen safeguards against torture in new CPC

Amnesty International welcomes the progress that has been made in Ukraine towards the adoption of a new Criminal Procedural Code, but calls on parliament to ensure that the new draft code includes stronger safeguards against torture and other ill-treatment | detail

Visits 1563
21.02.2012

Dmytro Kupriyan: Photographer of Victims of Torture

Dmytro Kupriyan has been travelling around Ukraine photographing victims of torture. He has been able to show his work at two exhibitions in Kyiv, but in fact would like the exhibition to be shown in each law faculty in the country | detail

Visits 826
17.02.2012

European Court awards compensation for police torture in Ukraine

The European Court of Human Rights on 16 February found that the treatment which Vyacheslav Savin was subjected to by police officers from the Dzherzhynsky District Police Station in Kharkiv constituted torture | detail

Visits 1320
17.02.2012

Strasbourg reiterates…

The European Court of Human Rights has yet again found Ukraine’s examination of complaints of torture unsatisfactory | detail

Visits 1229
13.02.2012

Without torture cases don’t get to the court

"Investigators try to obtain confessions from suspects even where they have irrefutable evidence of the crime, proving guilt…. It’s the Soviet school. Only after getting a confession do they send the case to the court" | detail

Visits 1633
10.02.2012

Ivan Romanov v. Ukraine’s police, prosecutor and court

Inna Sukhorukova recounts another story of police impunity, involving a young man not only accused of a crime he didn’t commit, serious procedural irregularities and a court trial despite the defendant being recognized as mentally unfit to stand trial. | detail

Visits 1491
10.02.2012

25-year-old dies following police interrogation

On 8 February in the Budyonovsk District Police Station in Donetsk a young man died after being “invited to the station” to give testimony in a criminal investigation regarding a robbery. | detail

Visits 1638
08.02.2012

Yakiv Strogan trial clearly being dragged out

Yakiv Strogan has now been held in custody for almost 14 months in a case creating a number of highly dangerous precedents, and with clear signs of being aimed at warning people against speaking out against police torture | detail

Visits 1769
07.02.2012

Supreme Court overturns verdict against Ivan Nechiporuk

Despite the European Court of Human Rights’ findings, the Supreme Court still refused to release Ivan Nechiporuk from custody or to revoke the verdict against Alexander Motsny who was convicted of committing the crime together with Nechiporuk | detail

Visits 1061
06.02.2012

Further investigation as a factor encouraging unlawful violence

Denis Kobzin and Andriy Chernousov from the Kharkiv Institute for Social Research write that the courts are not preventing the use of confessions obtained by unlawful methods. While there are many reasons, they say that the main cause is the degree of dependence of judges. | detail

Visits 1004
17.01.2012

2011 Black Calendar of Deaths in Police Custody

The Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors on Law Enforcement has compiled a harrowing report on death in police custody during 2011. Of the 35 deaths, 7 people hanged themselves, and 5 jumped from windows | detail

Visits 1436
13.01.2012

Ihor Indylo’s parents appeal rulings over son’s death

Oleksandr Zarutsky, lawyer representing the parents of Ihor Indylo, the student who died on the eve of his twentieth birthday in police custody has lodged three appeals | detail

Visits 1596
12.01.2012

Trial of police officers over death of Yevhen Zvenigorodsky continues

Forensic tests found that Mr Zvenigorodsky had died from a stomach injury, and that he had been beaten no later than 5 hours before his death, this meaning while in police custody | detail

Visits 1487
09.01.2012

Betrayal

We are left with shame before Ihor Indylo and his parents.Shame and fear, since each case of impunity for police who kill and torture can result in new outrages. | detail

Visits 1859
09.01.2012

Ukraine must launch fresh investigation into student death in custody

The Ukrainian authorities must launch a fresh investigation into the death in custody of a student, Amnesty International said after two police officers suspected of responsibility for his death walked free following a court hearing in Kyiv | detail

Visits 1677
06.01.2012

Protests against impunity for Ihor Indylo’s killers

In Kyiv and Zhytomyr protests took place on Thursday evening over the announcement of a verdict in the case of the one police officer left facing charges over the death in police custody of young student Ihor Indylo | detail

Visits 1450
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