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Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee visits Ukraine


27.10.2005 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out a visit to Ukraine from 9 to 21 October 2005. It was the CPT's fifth visit to Ukraine.

In the course of the visit, the CPT's delegation reviewed developments relating to the treatment of persons deprived of liberty by law enforcement agencies and the situation of foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation. It also assessed the current situation in colonies (establishments for sentenced prisoners) and, for the first time in Ukraine, in colonies for women. In this context, the delegation also examined in detail the conditions of detention of men and women sentenced to life imprisonment.

The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:

    -     Marc NEVE (Head of Delegation) (Belgian)
    -     Veronica PIMENOFF (Finnish)
    -     Joan-Miquel RASCAGNERES (Andorran)
    -     Pierre SCHMIT (Luxemburger).

They were supported by three members of the CPT’s Secretariat, Geneviève MAYER (Deputy Executive Secretary), Johan FRIESTEDT and Elvin ALIYEV, and assisted by three experts, Dan DERMENGIU, Head of Forensic Medicine Department, Medical Faculty "Carol Davila", Bucharest, Romania, Timothy HARDING, Director of the University Institute of Forensic Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland, and Erik SVANIDZE, former Head of Internal Law Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Georgia.

During the visit, the delegation held meetings with V. V. KOSHCHYNETS and A. S. LAGODA, respectively Head and First Deputy Head of the State Department for the Execution of Sentences, V. M. RUDIK, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, S. P. BEREZHNOV, Deputy Minister of Health Protection, A. M. MUDROV, Deputy Head of the State Security Service and B. M. MARCHENKO, Acting Head of the Border Protection Department, Border Guard Service. In addition, the delegation met Nina KARPACHOVA, Ombudsperson of Ukraine.

The delegation visited the following places:

Ministry of Internal Affairs

Kyiv City

    •     Ministry of Internal Affairs Temporary Holding Facility (ITT), Kosogirnyi Street
    •     Dniprovske District Command of Internal Affairs, Sub-Division No. 4, Kaunaska Street
    •     Golosyivske District Command of Internal Affairs, Golosiyvska Street
    •     Centre for the reception and distribution of vagrants and special detention centre, Remontna Street
 

Kherson City

    •     Komsomolskyi District Command of Internal Affairs, Filatova Street

Lviv Region

    •     Ministry of Internal Affairs Temporary Holding Facility (ITT), S. Bandera Street, Lviv
    •     Shevchenkivskyi District Command of Internal Affairs, Akademika Kuchera Street, Lviv
    •     Zaliznychnyi District Command of Internal Affairs, Gorodotska Street, Lviv
    •     Centre for the reception and distribution of vagrants, Sinna Street, Lviv
    •     Centre for the reception and distribution of minors, Shevchenka Street, Lviv
    •     Department of Internal Affairs, Budzinovskovo Street, Mostyska

Poltava City

    •     Ministry of Internal Affairs Temporary Holding Facility (ITT), Marshala Byryuzova Street
    •     Oktyabrskyi District Command of Internal Affairs, Komsomolska Street

Transcarpathian Region

    •     Ministry of Internal Affairs Temporary Holding Facility (ITT), Yaroslav Mudryi Street, Mukachevo
    •     Department of Internal Affairs, Moskovska Street, Mukachevo
    •     Centre for the reception and distribution of vagrants, Drugetiv Street, Uzhgorod

Department for the Execution of Sentences

Kharkiv Region

    •     Temnivka Colony No. 100 for men, including the unit for men sentenced to life imprisonment
    •     Temporary unit for women sentenced to life imprisonment at Kharkiv Colony No. 54

Kherson Region

    •     Kherson Colony No. 61 for prisoners with tuberculosis

Poltava Region

    •     Bozhkivske Colony No. 65 for women

Border Guard Service

Lviv Region

    •     Temporary Holding Facility of Border Guard Detachment 2144, Lichakyvska Street, Lviv
    •     Temporary Holding Premises at Border Guard “Prykarpattya” check-point, Yaroslav Mudryi Street, Mostyska

Transcarpathian Region

    •     Temporary Holding Facility of Border Guard Detachment 2142, Nedetsyi Street, Mukachevo
    •     Pavshino Temporary Holding Centre for Men
    •     Temporary Holding Premises at Border Guard “Zakarpattya” check-point, Golovna Street, Chop
    •     Border Guard Unit No. 9, Sobrinetska Street, Uzhgorod

State Security Service

    •     State Security Service Holding Facility, Askoldiv Street, Kyiv

Ministry of Health Protection

    •     Closed ward of the Municipal Clinical Emergency Hospital, Kyiv


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