Ukraine should release three thousand prisoners now and not wait for a major Covid-19 tragedy
Major Ukrainian human rights groups have called on President Volodymyr Zelensky and parliament to finally adopt an amnesty bill that has been gathering dust for almost two months, despite the obvious need for it due to the pandemic
Is Ukraine’s penitentiary system ready to fight the coronavirus?
We would like to draw the attention to the problem of the spread of COVID-19 in penitentiary institutions, propose particular actions which could contribute to prevention of uncontrolled spread of the disease and develop the proposals which could be useful during their implementation in the practical activities of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine.
The testing in the prisons, amnesty and parole. Will it happen?
We are on the verge of an outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic in penitentiaries. There is an urgent need to test staff and prisoners in institutions where the disease has already been registered, and to consider as soon as possible the amnesty and parole bills submitted to the Verkhovna Rada on April 27.
Prevention of spread of COVID-19 in penal institutions through the eyes of detainees
We have received the information about the situation with counteracting the epidemic in 36 penitentiary institutions. Some institutions differ significantly for the better – Chortkiv penal institution No.19, Ivano-Frankivsk penal institution No.12. The situation is much worse in other institutions.
About response to the article “There is no coronavirus in prisons. But there is”
The State Criminal Enforcement Service confirmed the presence of COVID-19 in its institutions.
There is no coronavirus in prisons. But there is
Information on confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in prisons was provided. Also we give the recommendations of what to do - as quickly as possible.
The Opinion of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group regarding the release of prisoners as prevention to spreading COVID-19 in penitentiary institutions
This is known that the Ministry of Justice is considering three scenarios of the progress of the events . The third scenario is a large-scale outbreak. In our opinion, the third scenario is the most likely given the current situation in the SIZOs and the PI .
Measures to prevent spreading of COVID-19 epidemic in penitentiary institutions of Ukraine (updated)
In Ukraine today, the most important issue in countering the spread of COVID-19 in penitentiary institutions should be the release of prisoners. The most common and universal practice is the release based on the amnesty law and the parole of convicted persons.
About coronavirus in correctional colonies in Ukraine
The outbreak of disease among convicts will be very ripping. It will not be a small fire that can be controlled, and not even a blaze in the house. It will be a great tragedy – a huge fire of the highest degree of danger that will capture everyone.
Ukrainian prisoners threatened with reprisals if they don’t retract reports of torture
Kharkiv prisoners who were brutally beaten after complaining of torture are now facing physical reprisals if they do not withdraw their formal complaints
Ukrainian prisoners savagely beaten after complaining of torture
Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group lawyers and monitors have been blocked from entering Oleksiivska Correctional Colony No. 25 in Kharkiv since a believed punitive operation on 8 January against prisoners who had complained of torture
Extra sentences used as reprisals against Ukrainian prisoners who complain
Over quarter of a century after the collapse of the USSR, Ukraine is still applying a punitive norm dating back to Soviet times that makes it possible to add years to prisoners’ sentences for minor infringements of regulations
Ukrainian prisoner with cancer savagely beaten after ECHR defended her right to medical treatment
Anna Solopova, a young woman suffering from a serious oncological illness has been beaten and deprived of life-saving medical treatment after she successfully upheld her right to such care at the European Court of Human Rights
How many deaths do you already have on your conscience?
On a ’hospital’ for prisoners, where those with serious illnesses receive no treatment, and where there may well be ’paying patients’ without any identifiable illnesses
Ukrainian prisoners can get years added to their sentence for demanding their rights
An extraordinary relict from Soviet times makes it possible for Ukrainian prisoners to have up to three years added to their prison sentence for the most trivial of misdemeanours
Prisoners die in unexplained circumstances in Russian-controlled ‘Luhansk republic’ prisons
In August alone, five prisoners are known to have died in prisons under the control of the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR]. Two of the men are believed to have committed suicide, while two other men found in the sewage system reportedly had marks suggesting that they had been subjected to physical violence
The rights of convicts detained in the ORDLO
This publication is devoted to the situation of detainees who are in custody in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts and were deprived of liberty before the beginning of the military conflict.
Ukrainian prisoner tortured in Russia for rejecting Russian citizenship
Hryhory Larionov was subjected to torture while illegally held in Russian prison colonies because of his refusal to take on Russian citizenship. He is now planning to demand compensation from the Russian Federation both for the torture, and for the fact that he has been prevented from returning to Crimea. He says that all prisoners who reject Russian citizenship face particularly bad treatment.
Mask show at the Odesa SIZO
This unlawful practice is still used and remains unpunished, despite the declared penitentiary reform. Now this beating in the Odesa SIZO has already been muffled in the long familiar fashion
Ukraine’s Parliament slips in dangerous carte blanche for blocking torture investigations
A new norm sneaked in when nobody was looking will lead to a situation where investigations into allegations of torture and ill-treatment by prison staff are carried out by the suspected perpetrators’ colleagues .