How many victims are there of police violence?
Analysis of whether the new Criminal Procedure Code has led to a reduction in the use of torture and ill-treatment by the police
Prisoner forced to “donate” ECHR awarded compensation to prison?
Shocking allegations that a prisoner awarded large compensation by the Court in Strasbourg is being blackmailed and coerced into handing the money over to the prison administration
A Trial with Grave Consequences
To the Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine. Jan Tombiński regarding the direct threat to the development of rule of law in Ukraine of a criminal case widely seen as being dependent on promises issued publicly to President Yanukovych
CPT Report highlights need for further action to combat ill-treatment of sentenced prisoners
In its report published on 5 September the CPT raises doubts as to the effectiveness of the investigation into Yulia Tymoshenko’s allegations of force used against her
Zaporizhya Church Bomb Trial Appeal begins
The court could not understand why the three forensic psychologists, two of whom found that the defendants had been placed under serious pressure while the last called by the judge found only “inclination to crime” had not been summoned to explain the divergence of views
Watch this Case!
Ths case involves no politicians, no celebrities, but is widely known. It is generally assumed that all three young men are innocent but that no Ukrainian court will acquit them. Attendance in court on 28 August by Human Rights Ombudsperson Valeria Lutkovska, representatives of foreign embassies in Ukraine and EU structures, Amnesty International and the media would give a vital signal.
Appeal court upholds controversial verdict in Pavlichenko case
The father and son were sentenced to life and 13 years imprisonment respectively accused of killing a judge. The sentences led to a mass campaign in their defence by fellow football fans. Concern over the case is felt by others as well
A poignant anniversary in Zaporizhya on Sunday coincided both with the lavish ceremonies laid on in Kyiv to mark the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus and with the release from forced psychiatric treatment of Raisa Radchenko
Witness in Indylo death trial changes his story
Oleksandr Khomenko, the friend of the young student, Ihor Indylo who died in police custody in 2010 has always seemed terrified and unwilling to testify. His testimony is critical since he was with Ihor Indylo in the interview room of the police station on that last evening before the healthy young student died.
Video coverage banned of court hearings into the death of Ihor Indylo
The Desnyansky District Court in Kyiv has (again) begun hearings over the death in May 2010 of Ihor Indylo in the Shevchenkivsk District Police Station in Kyiv
Not just one trial
In an interview otherwise unconstrained by considerations of accuracy, Prime Minister Azarov did get one thing right. The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement may be lost due to a number of unresolved issues, not only the politically motivated prosecution of the President’s main opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko
Justice Without Borders
On International Day in Support of Victims of Torture the most effective way we can support victims of torture in Ukraine is to prove that justice can be achieved before the European Court of Human Rights
Statistics of Near Impunity
Valeria Burlakova writes in the journal Ukrainsky Tyzhden that suspended sentences and application of amnesties are standard practice in Ukraine for criminal cases against police officers.
(Non-)Enforcement of ECHR Judgments in the penitentiary sphere
Response to judgments finding violation of specific rights continues to be confined to paying compensation awarded and instructions, etc, of a general and vague nature
Shameful ping-pong to block the truth in the Indylo case
On the eve of the third anniversary of Ihor Indylo’s death in police custody, the Prosecutor has again succeeded in blocking proper examination into the young student’s death
Worth wanting to conceal, nonetheless …
After ignoring the total lack of evidence and sentencing three young men to 14 and 15 years imprisonment over the 2010 Zaporizhya Church bomb, Judge Minasov has gone on holiday without providing a copy of the judgement
No Miracle, No Justice
Despite no evidence aside from multiple “confessions” retracted in court and grave irregularities, two sacristans of the Svyatopokrovsk Orthodox Church in Zaporizhya, and brother of one of them, have been convicted of the 2010 bomb blast in the Church and sentenced to 15 and 14 years respectively
Police officer gets long sentence for raping detainee
A Donetsk court has sentenced one police officer to 10 years imprisonment for raping a male detainee. He must also pay 20 thousand UAH. Two other officers received 4 and 5 year suspended sentences
No washing our hands of this case
On the eve of Good Friday in most Christian Churches, Anton Kharytonov, one of the three young men accused of the 2010 bomb blast in the Svyatopokrovsk Orthodox Church in Zaporizhya called on the judge to not be like Pontius Pilateю “I think you have long understood that we are innocent and did not commit this crime”
The Head of Ukraine’s High Qualification Commission of Judges believes that where all is “regulated well in our Constitution and legislation, there’s no need to refer to ECHR judgements.” And where all that is regulated is a system of fob-offs and close cooperation between the police, the prosecutor’s office and the court?