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How prisons became asylums, but worse: confinement without treatment

29.01.13 | Sadhbh Walshe |
The case of Jan Green, placed in solitary when suffering from symptoms, is typical of how prisons warehouse the mentally ill. Surveys have shown that about three in four women in jail in the US have a mental health problem.

The Fourth East European Conference on National Preventive Mechanisms

21.11.12 | Mary Kolokolova

On November 15-16th, 2012 in Odessa the Fourth East European Conference on National Preventive Mechanisms Against Tortures and Ill-treatment was held by Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches with support of OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine and with organizational assistance of Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.


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.

So, are drug users sick or simply criminals?

21.08.12 | Paul Peachey |
The question prompted a furious row between Russell Brand and Peter Hitchens. But whos right? Paul Peachey was granted rare access to a prison rehab scheme to find out the truth

G4S advertises for staff to help police investigate crimes

16.08.12 | Alan Travis |
Company at centre of Olympic security fiasco seeks civilian investigators to work on sensitive high-profile cases

Prison call centre plans revealed

13.08.12 | Shiv Malik | The Guardian
Ministry of Justice planning to run call centres from inside prisons as marketing email boasts of a rehabilitation revolution

UK Border Agency ’detaining children in degrading conditions’ at Heathrow

14.05.12 | Alan Travis | The Guardian
Children held in small, stuffy rooms at airport for hours, often sharing space with adults they are not related to, watchdog finds

Prison alternative cuts re-offending in Bradford

23.03.12 |
A community order providing an alternative to short-term custodial sentences, which was piloted in Bradford, has been praised for helping to cut reoffending rates in the district.



This study is an independent assessment of the current policing situation in Kharkiv and Kharkiv Region and confidence in the police conducted by Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches supported by Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group.

Using Public Opinion for Evaluation of Police Performance

National Survey Report

Our national survey report "Using Public Opinion for Evaluation of Police Performance" is now available in English.

Study of legal problem of Roma people in Transcarpathia and Cherkasy Regions of Ukraine

Svitlana Shcherban
Conducted researches in Ukraine demonstrated that discriminatory practices are purely distributed and actual towards particular ethnic groups. One of the most vulnerable stigmatized categories are Roma people, because most of them faced their rights violations are unable either to formulate their problems nor to protect their rights. In spite of the declared democratization processes in Ukrinae we still experiencing massive violations of Romas rights, neglecting human rights standards, humiliation of human dignity.

The conference within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme "Combating Ill-treatment and Impunity"

Maria Kolokolova
On June 2-3, 2011 the International Conference devoted discussion of the issues of developing effective complaints systems in line with European standards was held in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Conference was organized by the Council of Europe within Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe Combating ill-treatment and impunity in South Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine, in cooperation with the Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches.


Denys Kobzin, Andrew Chernousov
In the previous edition of the Monitoring of unlawful violence in militia - 2009 weve ascertained that Ukraine has made a number of sufficient steps forward in the direction of improving standards of human rights protection. But to our deepest regret finalizing results of year 2010, we should admit absence of any promotion of declared changes and the beginning of the dangerous reverse action.

Deaths in militia (police) custody: what to do?

Andrew Chernousov, translated by Maria Kolokolova
Deaths in militia (police) custody: what to do? For the last year the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine became a some sort of record holder: under its jurisdiction more then 50 Ukrainians DIED. Of course not all deaths were caused by militiamen, but in significant number of cases they were involved. Igor Indylo, Myhailo Stadnyk, Dmytro Yashchuk, Olexandr Razumenko this list may be continued, but all these names are combined by one disaster they DIED in militia stations