Judges accused of bribe-taking
The Prosecutor Generals Office has launched one criminal investigation into an alleged case of corruption involving a judge, sent another to the court and asked the Supreme Court to determine jurisdiction in two other cases
Crimean police reluctant to learn about European experience of working in a multicultural region
A conference initiated by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities aimed at sharing vital experience of police work in a multicultural society was ignored by the law enforcement representatives it was directed at
Head of a Regional Department for Fighting Organized Crime dismissed over the death of a detainee
The dismissal of Mykola Sych follows the initiation of a criminal investigation into the death in Prytuky of Serhiy Kuntsevsky while in police custody
How Ukraine is protecting its citizens against torture
or what has been done to implement the Optional Protocol against Torture. Two years on, very little, unfortunately, although the mobile groups visiting police places of detention have proved their value
First suspects identified over the death of a man detained in custody
The Chernihiv Regional Prosecutor has reported that a criminal investigation has been initiated against three officers and a lower-ranking employee of the Chernihiv Regional Department for Fighting Organized Crime in Prytuky
Detained man dies under suspicious circumstances in police custody
A criminal investigation has been launched after a 39-year-old died after being detained by police officers in Prytyky.
On combating bad press
A response to the Prosecutor General Oleksandr Medvedkos views presented in the official government newspaper “Holos Ukrainy” on 17 September
Constitutional Court: Deputies can be arrested without parliaments consent
Ukraines Constitutional Court has declared constitutional the draft law on restricting deputy immunity. Judgments made public today also concern the functions of the prosecutors office regarding criminal investigations.
Harsh criticism of MIA bodies at local level
A Kyiv lawyer has circulated an open letter to the Minister of Internal Affairs in which he says that despite positive moves and initiatives from the MIA, there has recently been a negative trend in the work of the police at local level
Search and search again until you “find” something
This case where police officers used torture to extract a confession did at least reach the court. Only to get stuck there with no end in sight after four years
Two men imprisoned following confessions made under duress awarded 1 million UAH in compensation
The court awarded damages over the unlawful actions of detective inquiry and criminal investigation bodies, the prosecutors office and the court
Monitoring human rights in the work of the MIA
A new department was created this year within the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and with it the jobs of Assistants to the Minister of the MIA. Their task is to monitor observance of human rights in the work of the law enforcement agencies.
Ministry of Justice comes out in support of a special migration body
This followed the latest suspension by the President on 30 July of (the latest) Cabinet of Ministers Resolution which entrusted the Ministry of Internal Affairs [MIA] with implementing State policy on migration
So what does “characteristic appearance” mean if not ethnic profiling?
A disappointing ruling from a Kharkiv court of appeal regarding the legitimacy of the actions of the Kharkiv metro police in stopping people to check their documents on disputed grounds
So is the only free cheese that in a mousetrap?
On the failings of State-funded legal aid and a vital project of public defence offices for providing such assistance in Khmelnytsky, Kharkiv and Bila Tserkva
Impunity breeds arrogance and overstepping authority
A shocking case where in order to improve their figures on solved crimes, police officers allegedly used torture to beat out confessions and then violence and abduction to prevent an investigation by the prosecutors office
Yushchenko suspends Government Resolution on migration matters
The Cabinet of Ministers placed the function of specially authorized central body on migration matters in the hands of the Ministry of Internal Affairs
In defence of redheads
We should watch out for criminals, not for people of a certain race. The law enforcement agencies undoubtedly have a tough and complicated task, however primitive methods only generate new problems and contribute to a rise in racism and xenophobia
Makiyivka resident awarded 50 thousand UAH for wrongful prosecution
59-year-old Viktor Natalukha from the town of Makiyivka in the Donetsk region was awarded moral damages over the wrongful initiating of a criminal investigation against him