Prominent lawyer held in police station “for hooliganism”
The Head of the Public Relations Centre of the Central Department of the MIA in Kyiv has claimed that lawyer and TVi presenter, Tetyana Montyan was detained for petty hooliganism
Ukrainian Human Rights Activist, Journalist Protest Police Searches
A Ukrainian human rights activist and a journalist say they have been subject to police searches of their apartments or offices designed to put pressure on them over their activities
Human rights activists allege unlawful interference in their work
Concern is mounting over the number of cases where the police use unwarranted measures, sometimes commissioned by local authorities, prosecutor’s offices, etc, against civic activists
Police remove financial documents and computers from Vinnytsa Human Rights Group
The police had a court order to search the VHG Coordinators home, none at all to search the group, nor any legitimate grounds for removing material on defending refugees rights and other things
Lviv Human Rights Defender Oleksiy Verentsov jailed for 3 days (updated)
Oleksiy Verentsov is the Head of an organization called “Guards of the Law” and a member of an operational group on combating corruption in the Lviv Regional Department of the Security Service [SBU]. This arrest for civic and entirely peaceful protest is highly disturbing and needs public attention. .
Ihor Indylo investigation complete – and predictably unsatisfactory
Two officers of the Shevchenkivsky Police Station have been charged with exceeding their official duties and negligence over the death in police custody of 19-year-old student, Ihor Indylo
Poltava man confesses to helping police falsify criminal cases
V. Kornilenko has alleged that under the instructions of officers of the anti-drug department of the Poltava Department of the MIA, he took part in provoking crimes and falsifying criminal file material. Human rights groups demand proper protection.
Police Crime: an analysis of steady trends
Dr O. Martynenko has carried out a comprehensive analysis of crimes committed by employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, examining statistics which could indicate the use of torture and other forms of ill-treatment
Minister called on to ensure witness’s safety
A witness alleging wide-scale rigging of evidence in the Poltava region by police officers has received threats and is asking for protection
Re-KGBization of SBU is definitely bad news, which seems to be the prevailing pattern today from Ukraine. But on the positive side, there is a surprising resilience in society, a growing resistance to intimidation and blackmail, and an impressive readiness of many people to report immediately the SBU pressure and to mobilize the public support for their cause
Mercedes, Cadillacs … all on donors’ money
According to a report from the Accounting Chamber, most misspending of donor money was by the Ministry of Internal Affairs with this becoming worse over the last eight months
Tax police fire on workers in Berdyansk
A YouTube video shows Ukrainian tax police firing rubber bullets during a confrontation with workers from a Berdyansk agricultural depot on 24 September. The video clip contradicts the official version that the workers fired first, provoking the conflict
Attack on “Haidamaka UA” Festival in Irpin
On Sunday 26 September, a group of 15 thugs in training gear and with bats fell upon the guards and organizers of the Festival of Resistance Army and Patriotic Songs “Haidamaka UA. There are conflicting accounts as to the role of the police
Head of IMI asks Security Service to not intimidate her concierge
Victoria Syumar, Director of the Institute for Mass Information, has publicly asked the SBU [Security Service] to stop scaring the concierge of the block of apartments where she lives (text in full).
SBU once again sniffing around a civic organization
Ukraine’s Security Service would now seem to be interested in finding out about the civic organization “Democratic Alliance” , specifically it’s work supported by international grants.
Concerns mount about Press Freedom In Ukraine as Journalist Attacked
Media watchdogs say attacks and pressure on journalists have increased since the February election of Yanukovych as president
Donetsk Police beat up Journalist Artem Furmanyuk
During the early hours of Saturday morning, 18 September, police officers beat up the journalist and three of his friends. This is the second attack on a media representative in Donetsk over the last week
Lviv: 31-year-old dies after night in police custody
Mykhailo Stadnyk, 31, died after spending 12 hours in the district police station. There were 51 marks from blows on his body, with bruises even on his heels. The police claim that he hit his head when he fell. t
The Security Service has no interest in democracy ...
It was just checking that the International Renaissance Foundation is not financing political parties
SBU and democratic values
Yevhen Bystrytsky, Head of the International Renaissance Foundation, believes that with such actions as the Security Service’s questioning of civic organizations receiving support from IRF, the authorities are trying to warn the public that they should not interfere in the course of the elections and should concentrate less on monitoring violations.