Video footage shows Ihor Indylo’s last hours
CCTV footage shows student Ihor Indylo being brought into the Shevchenkivsky Police Station in May last year just hours before he died. He seems neither drunk, as the police have alleged, nor anything but a healthy young man who was to be turning 20 the next day
Court renews examination of Ihor Indylo’s death
Kyiv’s Desnyansky District Court resumed hearings into the death in custody of young student Ihor Indylo who died in May 2010 during the night of what should have been his 20th birthday. The new judge rejected the application from the Indylo family’s lawyer for additional investigation into the case
Watch out for skinheads and the police
Yury Nuzhny writes about an asylum seeker from Guinea who asked him to tell people about the latest of many encounters with the Kharkiv police. Perhaps, he says, the people at the top in the police don’t know what’s happening and when they find out, will punish those responsible.
"Thank You, Residents of Donbas" and its consequences
After several weeks of conflict with the law enforcement bodies, Denis Oleinykov, owner of ProstoPrint which produced the T-shirts reading "Thank You, Residents of Donbas" informs that he has left Ukraine, fearing arrest.
Berkut Riot Police remove T-shirts critical of the government
“You know we have the right to not like the authorities. They do not have the right to not like us. We make no secret of the fact that we don’t like this regime and we came to show that you can dislike this regime in a creative and interesting fashion”.
Yellow Card for Ukraine’s Police: Second Warning
On 8 September civic activists throughout the country will take part in measures aimed at ensuring that young people know their rights when in contact with the police and drawing the attention of both the public and MIA management to the issue of human rights observance by police officers
Parliamentary Committee wants answers over police action on Independence Day
According to the Chair of the Committee on Law Enforcement Body Legislation, the Committee wants to know "the grounds for Internal Affairs bodies to have unlawfully obstructed the peaceful movement of Ukrainian citizens through those Kyiv streets where movement had not been banned in accordance with rulings from the Kyiv Administrative Court”.
Crimea: Three police officers convicted of torture
The Crimean Prosecutor’s Office informs that a district court has convicted three Bakhchysarai anti-drugs officers of exceeding their official duties and torture
Interrogations and arrests: Ukrainian police and courts against civic gatherings
Human rights activist V. Chemerys points to a significant deterioration over the summer in observance of the right to peaceful assembly. The law enforcement officers are, he says, questioning people to show that they won’t leave those who stick their neck out in peace
Philosophy of Disrespect
In his article, Volodymyr Batchaev demonstrates how, despite words about fighting torture and ill-treatment by police, the Prosecutor General’s Office shows no sign of wishing to cooperate with NGOS and change entrenched behaviour indicating profound disrespect for the public
Police and Human Rights: Priorities grapple with Indicators
In a damning analysis, , Vladimir Batchaev writes that “Indicators in fighting crime at any cost” has become the slogan of every head of a police department. This leads to unlawful detentions; confessions being beaten out of people; falsification of documents and other forms of police crime.
Police exercises: for Euro 2012 or for crushing protest?
Ukrainian police are intensively preparing for dealing with mass events, including street riots. Human rights activists and members of the opposition say that in such manner the enforcement agencies are preparing to counter protests against the present regime.
Another peaceful demonstration stopped; Kharkiv Police Major assaults journalist
Not only did the police disperse a peaceful protest after yet another disturbing court ban, but the Police Major, identified by witnesses as Vladimir Chuhayevsky inflicted serious blows to a journalist present, Denis Kornyev
Chernihiv Police: Only crooks and thieves complain about us
In a recent report, the Chernihiv Police give quite staggering statistics. Of 419 complaints of rights abuses by police officers, only ONE was deemed to warrant a criminal investigation.
“O Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz …”
The story in fact, is about the owner of a Porsche Cayenne, Serhiy Serhiyenko, his very specific form of road rage and the police response, but Janis Joplin’s legendary song about those with power and money is by no means irrelevant.
Hate speech on police websites
Volodymyr Batchaev in his latest article asks whether the hate speech on police websites is merely the result of legal illiteracy, or actual encouragement for the public to discrimination.
Police have no money for observing human rights
While the MIA assures the public that action will be taken on each complaint of rights abuses by police, human rights organizations point to many cases where investigations are not initiated or terminated over manifest violations of human rights
SBU puts pressure on activists speaking out against controversial higher education law
In the case of activist Vitaly Kichkiruk from the Foundation for Regional Initiatives, the Security Service was reminded of the law. Whether all activists exercising their constitutional rights withstand insistent requests for “conversations” is not clear
Three police officers to be prosecuted over death of detainee
Three men are to be charged with grievous bodily injuries and exceeding their powers over the death in police custody of Yevhen Zvenigorodsky on 30 March this year