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Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches held two national trainings on the monitoring of ill-treatment in custodial settings

27.09.12 | KhISR
On September 17-19th and 20-22nd, 2012 in Sudak, Crimea Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches held two national trainings on the monitoring of ill-treatment in non-liberty places. Trainings were due to support of OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, International Renaissance Foundation and Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights. About 30 representatives of non-governmental organizations from different regions of Ukraine (Crimea, Vinnytsia, Volyn, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Kyiv, Odessa, Kharkiv, Kherson, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi regions) took a part in trainings. Alongside with NGO activists there were Representatives of the Ukrainian Ombudsman.
Experts of the Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches were discussing the essence of national preventive mechanism, history of its creating, its goals and tasks. Director of the Association of Independent Monitors Andrew Chernousov reported foreign experience of NPM implementation in one of his presentation. Special lecture was dedicated to inventory of custodial settings in Ukraine, conducted by the Institute. Director Denys Kobzin told about national monitoring experience of custodial settings in Ukraine. The Representative of the Commissioner Yuriy Bielousov told about activity of the Department for Realization of the National Preventive Mechanism. In addition, coaches presented their own experience of visiting the institutions of social protection in Ukraine, the key findings of their monitoring visits.
During the practical tasks participants had an opportunity to consolidate knowledge of the principles of monitoring activities, minimum standards of appropriate treatment in non-liberty places and to assess the prospects of NPM in Ukraine.
Conducted trainings have become one of the steps towards creating a network of monitors throughout Ukraine, which will be a base for establishment of National preventive mechanism.