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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Conditional sentence over death in police custody of Ihor Indylo

Neither the court nor the Prosecutor established what had led to the serious injury which caused Ihor’s death. Prykhodko was convicted only of unwarrantedly detaining the young student and dragging him by force into the cell | detail

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Dmytro Karpenko and another lawyer detained in Kirovohrad

Dmytro Karpenko whose case has led to an Amnesty International Urgent Action was detained on Thursday just before the court hearing due to consider his appeal against a criminal investigation over allegedly “resisting police officers” in August | detail

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Court amnesties one of the officers charged over the death of Ihor Indylo

The Desnyansky District Court which is for the second time examining the case brought over the death in police custody of young student Ihor Indylo, has amnestied one of the two officers who were facing charges | detail

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Pomilyaiko torture case: Victim’s relatives summoned for questioning

Relatives of Svitlana Pomilyaiko who has been trying since 2008 to have her allegations of torture by police properly investigated received the summons on the day of the interrogation and were warned they could be brought in by force | detail

Visits 1098

First Amnesty International letter-writing marathon with a Ukrainian prisoner

Yakiv Strogan was arrested on charges of attempted murder four months after the incident in question. During those months he had very publicly, including in parliament, accused police officers of abduction, torture and attempted extortion. | detail

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Now the Prosecutor flouts UN Human Rights Committee’s conclusion on Shchetka Case

The Prosecutor assures the Human Rights Ombudsperson that at each stage everything was done fully in accordance with the law, etc etc and states that the conclusions reached by the UN Human Rights Committee have not been corroborated | detail

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Stanislav Lutsenko finally released!

A long overdue move given the European Court of Human Rights Judgement in his case from the end of December 2008 | detail

Visits 793

Number of applications to Strasbourg over torture on the increase

Valeria Lutkovska, Government Representative on European Court of Human Rights matters speaks about the Judgement in the Case of Nechiporuk and Yonkalo v. Ukraine and the urgent need for an adequate means of reacting to cases of police torture | detail

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Public assessment of police violence

If earlier it was criminals who were most likely to be subjected to unlawful violence by the police, now the list of victims has broadened to include suspects, witnesses, relatives, Denis Kobzin, Director of the Kharkiv Institute for Social Research and co-author of a recent public survey, comments | detail

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Ukrainian Court sees no need to consider international obligations over the case of Viktor Shchetka

On 3 November 2011 the High Specialized Court of Ukraine issued its decision on an application to have the case of Viktor Shchetka reviewed following a damning judgement from the Human Rights Committee | detail

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Pomilyaiko torture case hits another hurdle

It has been learned that a month ago the Prosecutor of the Ordzhonikidze District in Kharkiv once again terminated the criminal investigation into allegations of police torture from Svitlana Pomilyaiko | detail

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Trial begins over another death in police custody

Three police officers are on trial following the death of Yevhen Zvenigorodsky, left to die on a city square after an hour (at least) in a neighbouring police station. One of the accused is charged under Article 121 (torture) | detail

Visits 1286

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