Another death in policy custody
A 59-year-old man died in the Khortytsa District Police Station on Wednesday during interrogation. The rather skimpy police report unfortunately mainly explains what crimes he was accused of and how many of the accusations, according to the report, had been proven.
Police lawlessness, torture and deaths in the Kharkiv region
In a damning article Timur Karadubov writes about police lawlessness in the Kharkiv region where in less than half a year there have been five deaths in police custody and three detainees have thrown themselves out of windows, or, conceivably, been pushed
Court hearings in Strogan case continue
Some promise in this shocking case involving charges of attempted murder laid after months during which Yakov Strogan publicly alleged police torture. The author of the sole “evidence”, a forensic examination produced two months later, is to be cross examined and other medical documents produced
Beatings in police custody turned into business
Aigul Mukanova from the Strategic Court Defence Centre reports that people are detained and have a confession beaten out of them for a crime they know nothing about. If the relatives come up with money the protocol of such a “confession” is ripped up
EU Must Act to Stop Police Killings in Ukraine
The EU must push the Ukrainian authorities to adopt the law on national preventive mechanism as soon as possible and provide financial support in setting up the scrutiny mechanism. Otherwise stories like those of Ihor Indylo and others will continue to be all too common
Ihor Indylo should have turned 21 on 18 May
Meetings have taken place in many parts of Ukraine in memory of a young student who died on the eve of his twentieth birthday, during the night from 17 to 18 May 2010. Ihor Indylo had committed no offence, went voluntarily to the police station. He died from head injuries and haemorrhaging
Remand prisoner who alleged torture commits suicide in Kharkiv SIZO
Serhiy Lytvyn had previously alleged that he had been tortured on a number of occasions both in the Kharkiv Department for Fighting Organized Crime [UBOZ] where he was taken for questioning and in the SIZO
Prosecutor denies that Ihor Indylo was killed, just “inadequately watched over”
The Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office has officially completed its investigation into the death of Ihor Indylo and is handing the case to the court. Two police officers are charged, but not with Ihor’s death
Case over Death in Police Custody of Ihor Indylo returned for further investigation
According to lawyer Oleksandr Zarutsky, who is representing Ihor Indylo’s family, the relevant decision was issued by the Desnyansky District Court in Kyiv on Wednesday
Protest in Kharkiv against police violence
On Thursday 7 April a picket organized by the Kharkiv Human Rights Group took place outside the Kharkiv Regional Police Department
Prosecutor’s refusal to investigate unlawful police search of Vinnytsa Human Rights Group overturned
The officers in October 2010, without a warrant, carried out what was effectively a search of the Vinnytsa Human Rights Group’s office and removed financial documents, computers and files on refugee cases
Another death following a visit to the police station
The Kharkiv Prosecutor Yevhen Popovych has reported that a Kharkiv resident has died in hospital after being at a regional police station
Number of deaths in police custody triples
The Kharkiv Human Rights Group has given a press conference on the use of torture by police and the worrying increase in deaths of detainees
Court trial for allegations of torture?
Yakov Strogan is facing charges of attempted murder which were laid almost 4 months after the incident in question and consistent allegations by Strogan, supported by human rights defenders, of torture and gross misconduct by police officers
No to Impunity: Hope emerges in the Rafalsky Case
Alexander Rafalsky is serving a life sentence after being arrested in 2001 and allegedly subjected to torture on a number of occasions in unsuccessful attempts to get him to sign a confession. The Supreme Court has found unlawful the initial refusal by the Prosecutor to initiate a criminal investigation.
Death in police custody – what needs to be done?
Andriy Chernousov from the Kharkiv Social Research Institute looks at the disturbing statistics for deaths in police custody and at the failings in the present system for investigating the circumstances in each such case
KHPG: calls on President to remove Minister of the Interior
Under the leadership of the Minister of the Interior, Anatoly Mohylyov, the police have turned into an instrument of repression and represent a danger to Ukraine’s national interests
Petition launched for the dismissal of Mohylyov as Minister of the Interior
The following is a petition to President Yanukovych calling for the dismissal of Anatoly Mohylyov, Minister of the Interior, and providing grounds for this call.
While MIA management muses long on improving normative documents, tuberculosis spreads among police officers
V. Minyailo writes that virtually all information on the official MIA websites seems aimed at concluding that all is well and fully complies with current legislation. This is manifestly not the case and he cites the situation with measures against tuberculosis and other infectious diseases