Prosecutor General says restrictions on prison visiting times are illegal
The State Department for the Execution of Sentences has been told that its Instruction restricting access to penal institutions by civic organizations and journalists to certain times at the weekend needs to be changed
Public access to penal institutions constantly under attack
Recently imposed restrictions allowing access to penal institutions only at weekends demonstrate the unwillingness of the Department to cooperate with the public and foster a lack of openness which can foster abuse of prisoners rights
Brutal beating of prisoners in the Izyaslav Penal Colony №31 (Preliminary analysis)
An attempt to establish what did actually happen in the Izyaslav Penal Colony and a reminder to the State Department for the Execution of Sentences that the days when they could conceal such outrages have passed
Prosecutor General again looks the wrong way over the likely beating of prisoners
Yes, there was a special purpose unit brought into the Buchansk Penal Colony, supposedly because the penal administration couldnt carry out a search themselves, however the Prosecutor General was unable to find any violence or incorrect behaviour
Torture continues in Ukraines prisons
Beatings and torture are everyday in Ukrainian prisons, and the public have little way of finding out what is happening. Recent events in the Izyaslav Penal Colony No. 31 where an attempted hunger strike resulted in reprisals against the prisoners is just one disturbing example
26 June is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
At a press conference held by KHPG and La Strada – Ukraine on Monday, particular attention was given to the appalling use of specially trained units in penal institutions, as well as the intransigence of the Department for the Execution of Sentences
Does the public have any control in Ukraine?
The author considers how much real control the public have over what goes on in penal institutions. He points to obvious failings and clear reluctance on the part of the State Department for the Execution of Sentences to cooperate with civic society. He presents serious proposals and invites wide discussion.
Anti-terrorist units again beating prisoners
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has demanded that the Prosecutor General investigate the incident at the Buchansk Penal Colony on 7 June where it is alleged prisoners were beaten by members of an “anti-terrorist” unit in masks
So wheres the penal reform?
Experts from the Council of Europe have criticized Ukraine for failing to analyze the recommendation on the running of the penal system made on the basis of three fact-finding missions to Ukraine
Ministry of Justice says that it is preparing proposals on humanizing the penal system, especially for minors
With such admirable intentions as to put an end to Ukraines high numbers of prisoners, including juvenile offenders, monitoring is certainly required to make sure they dont remain good plans …
Official investigation needed in the State Department for the Execution of Sentences
All thats new in this long list of the problems of Ukraines penal institutions is the fact that its come from a State Committee
13 remand prisoners in Komsomolsk didnt try to cut their wrists for nothing
On 23 February the Poltava Regional Prosecutors Office acknowledged that the conditions in the Komsomolsk temporary holding unit where 13 people tried to cut their wrists two days ago are unsatisfactory.
80% of those held in SIZO [remand centres] have confessions beaten out of them
Well-known human rights defender Semyon Gluzman, is seeking to ensure that at legislative level “voluntary confessions” are removed from police practice.
Bad food a reason for cutting your wrists?
According to employees of the remand centre [SIZO] in the Poltava region, 13 remand prisoners attempted to cut their wrists on Wednesday because of the unsatisfactory situation with food. The inmates were also angered by the fact that they werent allowed daily food parcels from outside.
Remand prisoners cut their wrists in a Poltava region SIZO
According to unofficial reports, the men were protesting over the conditions in the SIZO and at not being allowed parcels from outside
In 2006 741 prisoners died in Ukrainian penal colonies
This number was 127 down on the figure for the previous year, making the mortality rate in penal institutions 4.6 per thousand inmates
SIZO ordered to pay moral damages for not providing medical aid
Three years after Olha Belyak died through lack of medical care, and her parents were then treated with hideously insensitive callousness, the Shevchenkivsky District Court in Kyiv ordered the remand centre to pay compensation
Izyaslav Penal Colony events to be followed up
KHPG has called for an investigation into the apparent use of a special unit (like OMON, or riot squads) in the Izyaslav Penal Colony on 25 January and allegations that the officers beat up prisoners
Stalling over the investigation into abuses at Lviv SIZO
The lawyer of the victims in the case against ex-head of the Lviv SIZO [pre-trial detention centre] Vasyl Romanyshyn believes that the court investigation is being deliberately dragged out. The Halytsky Local Court has sent the case for further investigation.
Council of Europe assured that monitoring will be carried out of penal institutions in the Lviv region
Activist of the civic network OPORA, Taras Halatlyak reports that during a visit to Lviv by the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg, it was agreed that the network would be given the opportunity to carry out monitoring in all Lviv region penal institutions