Sentences for Show?
Yury Shershen reports that at virtually the same time the Kharkiv and Kharkiv regional prosecutors have reported sentences handed down on police officers allegedly guilty of crimes. He notes however that the crimes they have been convicted of are those which take place on a day-to-day basis in the police
New allegations of police torture – of a 17-year-old
17-year-old Oleksandr Yefymenko from Novomoskovsk (Dnipropetrovsk oblast) was questioned without his parents or a lawyer present. He confessed to murdering a 13-year-old friend, but has now formally retracted this confession, saying it was given under police pressure
Death in Police Custody: Official and Unofficial Versions
Dmitry Pozdeev’s brief life ended on September 29, two days after being taken into police custody. He had been taking part in “investigative activities” when he died supposedly of an acute heart disorder
Young man dies in police detention
On Sunday Sept. 29, at around 16.00, Dmitry Pozdeev, a 19-year-old from Dnipropetrovsk died either at the Kommunarsky District Police Station or shortly after leaving it.
Police under Scrutiny activist attacked – police under suspicion
Yevhen Krapyvin, activist for the Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors on Law Enforcement was assaulted on 24 September and there are serious grounds for believing that a police officer in civilian clothes may have been responsible
Trial of Vradiyivka police officers begins
The preliminary hearing was held on Thursday in the trial of three men, two of them police officers, charged over the brutal rape of Iryna Krashkova from Vradiyivka who was left for dead after the attack
So who is defending us?
Civic organizations are demanding measures to enable easy identification of individual police officers. This is vital, they believe, in order to combat police impunity in breaking the law and infringing their rights
Berkut forces move focus from criminals to demonstrators
The Interior Ministry Special Force Berkut was mainly created to fight dangerous criminals. In fact, however, its main task is increasingly becoming what is euphemistically referred to as protecting public order at protests.
Diverging views over proposed law on Public Prosecutor
The new draft Law on the Prosecutor’s Office proposed by the President’s Administration has met with scepticism from representatives of human rights organizations
Vradiyivka victim discharged from hospital
The three men arrested in connection with the violent rape and beating in Vradiyivka of 29-year-old Iryna Krashkova are now facing charges of attempted murder.
More dangerous to fight or not fight lawlessness?
If assaulted Road Control journalist Oleh Bogdanov’s wife previously wanted her husband to stop, she now believes there can be no giving in to violent intimidation
Vradiyivka victim’s lawyers seek attempted murder charges against police officers
The lawyers of Iryna Krashkova, the young woman from Vradiyivka in the Mykolaiv oblast brutally raped and left for dead, believe that the case should be reclassified as attempted murder.
Vradiyivka: Rule of Force rather than Rule of Law
Events in Vradiyivka, the district centre of the Mykolaiv oblast with a population of 8 thousand have stirred up the entire country. On 26 June two officers of the local police station – Lieutenant Dmytro Polishchuk and Capitan Yevhen Dryzhak – dragged a 29-year-old woman, Iryna Krashkova, who was returning from a discotheque, into a taxi, took her to a forest where they raped and savagely beat her, leaving her unconscious
Second police officer detained in connection with brutal Vradiyivka rape
The Mykolaiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office has reported that a second police officer has had his status changed from witness to suspect with regard to the gang rape of a young woman from Vradiyivka
Vradiyivka residents storm police station after rape of young woman
According to reports on Monday evening more than a thousand residents of Vradiyivka stormed the local police station, angered over the rape of a young woman apparently with the participation of police officers
Police ruin their own image
Donetsk analysts and human rights workers concur in their view that the police are not coping with their law-defending function and are to blame for their bad image
Dangerous police PR methods
Oleksy Svyetikov reports that the city of Severodonetsk unlike other cities in the Luhansk oblast is suspiciously free of crime - if one believes the police statistics. This, however, would be unwise
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
UHHRU leaves Interior Ministry’s Public Council
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has announced that the reports from its representative on the Public Council attached to the Interior Ministry force it to conclude that there is no interest within the Public Council in resolving problems related to human rights