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Monitoring of unlawful violence in Ukrainian police: results of the survey

20.03.12 | Denys Kobzin
Some results of the monitoring survey of year 2011

Preventing Torture, Upholding Dignity: from Pledges to Actions

21.11.11 | Denys Kobzin
On November 10-11th, 2011 the global Forum of the Association for Prevention of Torture Preventing Torture, Upholding Dignity: from Pledges to Actions held in Geneva. Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches represented Ukrainian experience in this sphere due to invitation of event arranging committee. We should thank the organizers of the Forum and highly appreciate the enormous work, which they have done, gathering over 300 participants from all over the world. Organizers of the Forum have successfully solved all logistical issues and allowed participants to meet, to speak out and to discuss issues about visiting of custodial institutions.

Non-liberty places vs. places of deprivation of liberty

31.10.11 | Andrew Chernousov
The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment appeals to establish a system of regular visits undertaken by independent international and national bodies to places where people are deprived of their liberty, in order to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. For the purposes of the Protocol, deprivation of liberty means any form of detention or imprisonment or the placement of a person in a public or private custodial setting which that person is not permitted to leave at will by order of any judicial, administrative or other authority.

Employment discrimination against aged people: research results on the example of Kharkiv Region

03.10.11 | Maria Kolokolova
Today, according to the official statistics, there is about half a million of registered unemployed in Ukraine, a total number of unemployed amount to 1.9 million people, among which one-third are 45-59 years old. Representatives of this age group have the biggest living and professional experience, but because of number of reasons they are outside of labor market. One of the reasons is age discrimination. Just therefore in 2010-2011 the Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches held the social survey, dedicated to employment discrimination of seniors (people in age of 45-59 years old).

Monitoring of Unlawful Violence in Ukrainian Police

30.08.11 | Denys Kobzin
Sociological surveys 2004 2010

Lack of Medical Assistance as a Barrier to Effective Investigation of Complaints against Ill-Treatment

19.08.11 | Andrew Chernousov
Access to a doctor, to include the one, which is alternative to the doctor offered by law enforcement authorities, is a part of so called good treatment minimal standard, which was set and is supported by the European Committee for Prevention of Tortures and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The importance of the right to medical assistance and possible ways of its implementation are really topical for the contemporaneous law enforcement practices of Ukrainian militia. Unfortunately, numerous examples provided by interviewed victims of tortures and ill-treatment confirm these facts.

The system of combating tortures and ill-treatment: what is the scale of works in Ukraine?

17.08.11 | Denys Kobzin, translated by Maria Kolokolova
Five years ago, on 21th of July 2006 Ukraine ratified the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). This day was supposed to become the beginning of designating or establishing of the national preventive mechanism (NPM) independent body, aimed on monitoring places of detention and combating torture and ill-treatment. It was supposed to become, but unfortunately it did not. As it often happens, the State didnt go further declarations about intentions. Although specialists at enough high level were discussing a necessity of creating such body, its model, after all time spent on the establishment of the NPM, representatives of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture visited our country and stated failure by Ukraine its obligations. At the same time, debates over the necessity and form of the National Preventive Mechanism continues, and key issues still havent clear answer and appear at almost every working meeting dedicated on the realization of the Optional Protocol in Ukraine. The traditional question is: How could we determine that an institution is a subject to independent monitoring?. In other words what is the criterion, which allow us to separate people who really are in situation of detention from those who can manage themselves?

Visiting Temporary Holding Facilities and Special Premises of Chop and Mukachevo Border Detachments on 19-20 of July 2011

03.08.11 | A. Chernousov, transl by M. Kolokolova
On invitation of International Organization for Migration representatives of KhISR took a part in monitoring visit to temporary holding facilities of Chop and Mukachevo Border Detachments on 19-20 July 2011 within the project Support to implementation of the EC readmission agreement with the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine: facilitation of assisted voluntary return and reintegration (SIREADA). Monitoring places of detention and combating ill-treatment and torture in places of detention of irregular migrants became the main accent of our participation. The delegation is also included representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, General Consulate of Hungary in Uzhgorod, Embassy of Canada, British Embassy, the State Migration Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service (SBGS) of Ukraine, Transcarpathian Regional Administrative Court, the Prosecutors Office of Transcarpathian Region, Charitable Foundation "Caritas", NGO Nika.



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