Shocking statistics in Ukrainian penal institutions
This year the number of people held in SIZO [ore-trial detention centres] and penal institutions rose by around 8,500 inmates. Over the year there was also a 45 percent increase in the number of deaths.
Tymoshenko arrest highlights need for improvements to detention units
According to Andriy Didenko from the Kharkiv Human Rights Group, bringing former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to the Pechersky District Court two or three hours before the court hearing could be described as ill-treatment or even torture
Andriy Didenko: Reform of Ukraine’s Penal Institutions hasn’t yet begun
Kharkiv Human Rights Group Anti-Torture Programme Coordinator Andriy Didenko spoke to Roman Skrypin on Radio Svoboda about his own experiences and the situation with penal institutions in Ukraine
Death of Dnipropetrovsk remand prisoner to be reinvestigated
The Prosecutor General’s Office has ordered the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Prosecutor to reinvestigate the death of a remand prisoner, 27-year-old Viktor Skvortsov who died on 27 January 2011 in the city tuberculosis unit
Calls for modern system of registration
The President, government and parliament will soon be receiving an appeal to reform the present practice of registering citizens. The appeal was drawn up by participants in a forum of civic organizations entitled “What rights does a person without an internal passport have?”
Accounting Chamber issues damning report on Penal Reforms
In 80 out of 151 penal institutions living space does not meet the norms of the Criminal Procedure Code. The situation is also unacceptable in SIZO where people remanded in custody are forced to take turns sleeping due to lack of space.
Penal Head apparently dismissed over events at Colony No. 89
One official stated that the Prosecutor would be investigating these events, as well as a whole range of other criticisms regarding the rising death rate and incidences of tuberculosis in the colonies, poor cooperation with civic organizations and the press, etc.
KHPG representative not allowed into Penal Colony No. 89
Andriy Didenko, KHPG Programme Coordinator, who had received permission on Tuesday to visit the penal institution where prisoners have been on hunger strike following the deployment of a Special Forces unit on 5 July, was on Wednesday not allowed into the colonY
Prisoners beaten for complaining about lack of fresh air?
At a press conference on Tuesday, human rights activists provided information they have been able to receive about the beating of prisoners by a Special Forces unit at Penal Colony No. 89 in Dnipropetrovsk on 5 July
Prisoners on hunger strike at Colony No. 89 in Dnipropetrovsk
Following the unlawful deployment of a unit of Special Force Officers from the State Penitentiary Service on 5 July, a large number of prisoners have officially declared hunger strike
Special Force Penal Service officers again deployed against prisoners?
There are reports, unconfirmed but from various sources, that on 5 July Special Force Officers from the State Penitentiary Service beat a large number of prisoners at Colony No. 89 in Dnipropetrovsk.
Is there life after release?
Problems confronted by people released after imprisonment include the lack of housing, identification papers and official employment. Last year over 37 thousand people were released, but the human rights organization Donetsk Memorial warns that around 20 percent end up back inside
Another dubious lead for Ukraine – the number of prisoners
One in four prisoners in Ukraine is behind bars for theft, with this often on a minor scale. There are even people imprisoned for economic offences which in the entire civilized world are punished through fines or confiscation of property
Who will defend people’s rights in the Dnipropetrovsk region?
A study presented by the Dnipro Social Research Centre reports a deterioration in the human rights situation in the Dnipropetrovsk region
Human rights activists demand investigation of beatings at Simferopol SIZO
Representatives of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group insist that an immediate investigation be carried out and information provided about the brutal beating of a number of prisoners held in the Simferopol SIZO [pre-trial detention centre]
Armed men in masks in Simferopol SIZO
Reports have come in from various sources that around 40 Special Forces fighters of the State Penitentiary Service armed with machine guns have been brought into the Simferopol SIZO [Pre-trail detention centre]
Criminal investigation launched over death of prisoner
Those accused of “exceeding official duties” over the death of a 25-year-old man in Penal Colony No. 42 include the Head of the penal institution
Sign for receipt of more time inside
According to the author, the practice of extending a person’s time of imprisonment when their sentence is coming to an end is not a bad memory from Soviet times but quite common in today’s Ukraine
Donetsk Memorial: Police still beat detainees with impunity
The police continue to beat people, even applying new forms and methods of beating, while the Prosecutor’s Office is good at finding ways of not bringing police officers to answer