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Monitoring of Unlawful Violence in Ukrainian Police

30.08.11 | Denys Kobzin
Sociological surveys 2004 2010
PUBLICATIONS

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.
PUBLICATIONS

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?
EVENTS

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.
SEMINARS&CONFERENCES

The seminar on the discussion of methods and algorithm of monitoring visits to stationary establishments of Ministry of Social Policy.

07.06.11 | Svetlana Shcherban
On 28-29 May 2011 in Sudak, Crimea Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches held a seminar on the discussion of methods and algorithm of monitoring visits to stationary establishments of the system of grant of social services within the project "Inventory of places of detention in Ukraine as a prerequisite for creating a national preventive mechanism against torture is supported by International Renaissance Foundation. The leading specialists of Main Headquarters of Labour and Social Care of Kharkiv Regional State Administration, and also directors of residential establishments of the system of social care of population and territorial centers for social care (granting of social services), which contain stationary boarding schools, where elderly, mentally ill, disabled people on full state care took attended the seminar. The participants of meeting repeatedly did an accent on the specific of the transferred categories of persons, which are contained in the indicated establishments. It was noted that during the monitoring it is necessary to pay attention to these features, and prescribe them in the monitoring letter for each institution separately. For example, for the disabled people should be made for their movement throughout the establishment (the presence of light carts, ramps), for the elderly should be the access to information about the calculation of pensions and so on.
SEMINARS&CONFERENCES

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

07.06.11 | 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. Vladimir Ristovski, Ambassador, Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the Coordination of the Council of Europe Cooperation Programmes/Head of the Council of Europe Office in Kyiv; Artashes Melikyan, Head of Unit, Judiciary Division, Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building Department, Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs, Council of Europe; Denys Kobzin, Director, Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches made introductory speeches. The leading international and national experts, representatives of Offices of the Prosecutors General, Ministries of Interior, institutes of Justice, Ombudsman institutions, human rights activists, and members of NGOs participated in the Conference.
UNLAWFUL VIOLENCE

Speeches Compendium and Recommendations of the Third East European Conference on National Preventive Mechanisms, Combating and Investigating Ill-Treatment, held in Odessa, Ukraine on November 2-3, 2010

06.05.11 | Andrew Chernousov
The right to freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is an imperative norm of international law. According to major international human rights instruments such as the European Convention on Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and others, no derogation (no exception) is allowed from this fundamental human right.
HUMAN RIGHTS

INTOLERANT ACTIVITIES AND ORGANISATIONS IN UKRAINE

04.05.11 | Denys Kobzin, Andrew Chernousov
Today as never before it is necessary therefore to understand to what extent extremist racism and intolerance are organized; whether there really exist organizations aimed at driving out all Non-Slavs from the territory of Ukraine by any means in the country; who and how is involved in that activity; how open and orderly propaganda of racism and intolerance in Ukraine is. In our opinion it will allow us to comprehend the essence and peculiarities of the phenomenon and work out elements of the strategy of combating organised xenophobia in the country.

ASSESSMENT OF POLICING IN KHARKIV AND KHARKIV REGION: CITIZENS PERCEPTION

KhISR

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.

SUMMARY OF THE RESEARCH MONITORING OF UNLAWFUL VIOLENCE IN MILITIA - 2010

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