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
Increased protests against judges and the law enforcement bodies predicted
Iryna Bekeshkina, Director of the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, believes that Ukrainians see the judicial and law enforcement bodies as defending the authorities against them
How the Police „fight corruption”
The Association of Human Rights Monitors of Law Enforcement have reported worrying, if hilarious, examples of how police departments obtain their statistics, including those on fighting “corruption”.
Police checks under scrutiny – and criticism
Ukrainians are suffering more and more often from unlawful searches by police officers, especially at railway stations. These are the findings of the latest stage of monitoring carried out by the NGO network “The Police under Scrutiny”
Road Control investigative journalists brutally beaten
Road Control which monitors drivers’ rights and the traffic police asserts that the traffic police called in around 20 thugs who attacked journalists filming an illegal car impoundment site
"Law enforcement system not ready for implementation of new CPC"
Yevhen Zakharov, KHPG Co-Chair, is generally positive about the new Criminal Procedure Code in force since 20 November, though all depends on how it is implemented
Deals with investigators – progress or grounds for corruption?
On 20 November the new Criminal Procedure Code came into force. Among the new features is the so-called “agreement with the investigators” drawn up at the initiative of the Prosecutor or the suspect or accused
Police beat up journalist and civic activist
In Kamyana-Buzka (Lviv oblast) traffic police officers unlawfully detained and beat Nazar Oleksevych, journalist from the newspaper Krai and member of the NGO Democratic Alliance and his father, Roman
One policeman vs. Interior Ministry and Security Service
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union reports one cheering victory for an honest police officer who turned to them
Police buy up special means. For the elections?
Against a background of talk about the need to reduce law enforcement agency staff, the Ukrainian police have supplemented supplies of special means. Are they thus preparing for possible protest after the elections?
UHHRU: New Law on Prosecutor does not remove unconstitutional supervisory role
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union stresses that the existence of general supervision by the Prosecutor’s Office is impeding other legal reforms, in particular reform of criminal court proceedings, a component of which is the new Criminal Procedure Code
Law on Prosecutor’s Office another missed opportunity
Statement by the spokespersons of High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Štefan Fьle on the changes to the Law of the Prosecutor’s office in Ukraine
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
Lawyer dismisses traffic police ban on filming them
Yurliga lawyer Vadim Volodarsky demolishes the attempt by the traffic police to say that those caught videoing traffic officers carrying out their work face 15-day administrative imprisonment
Civic activists protest over police assault on lawyer
Civic activists have held a picket outside the Prosecutor General’s Office to register their protest over the treatment lawyer Oleh Veremeyenko received in the Dniprovsky Police Station in Kyiv
Call for adequate measures against police who assaulted Oleh Veremeyenko
The Consultative Council under the Human Rights Ombudsperson has issued a statement addressed to the Prosecutor General and Minister of the Interior over the assault by police on lawyer Oleh Veremeyenko in the Dniprovsky Police Station in Kyiv
To the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Mr. Emomali Rahmon
The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group is seriously concerned by the deepening crisis in the city of Khorog, Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast of Tajikistan, where for the third day the situation remains unstable.
Football, violence and neo-Nazism: attacks in Ukraine
Worrying reports of attacks by football louts with an extreme rightwing twist, as well as disturbing failure by the police to protect those under attack
Master-class in Distortion from the Police
Marina Hovorukhina from the Centre for Civil Liberties writes about the lessons in discrediting the victims provided by the Interior Ministry’s Public Liaison Department in their efforts to sway public opinion where the police have acted against the law