Strasbourg, 13.12.2012 A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) recently carried out a ten-day visit to Ukraine.
The main objective of the visit, which began on 1 December 2012, was to re-examine the manner in which prisoners serving sentences (including life sentences) were treated in correctional colonies. The delegation visited four correctional colonies located in three different regions of the country (the Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv and Vinnytsia regions). In Dnipropetrovsk region, the delegation paid a follow-up visit to Correctional Colony No. 89, which was first visited by the CPT in 2009. In Kharkiv region, the delegation visited Correctional Colony No. 25 for men and Correctional Colony No. 54 for women. In this context, it reviewed the situation of Yulia Tymoshenko, who was accommodated in Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv at the time of the visit. In Vinnytsia region, the delegation visited Correctional Colony No. 81 in Stryzhavska.
At the end of the visit, on 10 December 2012, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to Inna Yemelianova, First Deputy Minister and Acting Minister of Justice, and Oleksandr Lisitskov, Head of the State Penitentiary Service. The delegation welcomed the fact that Valeriya Lutkovska, Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, could attend that meeting. On the following day, it had a meeting with Viktor Pshonka, Prosecutor General, and Hryhorii Sereda, Deputy Prosecutor General.
The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:
- Lətif Hüseynov (Azerbaijani), President of the Committee (Head of delegation)
- Marija Definis Gojanović (Croatian)
- Ilvija Pūce (Latvian)
- Vincent Theis (Luxemburger).
They were supported by Johan Friestedt of the CPT's Secretariat, and assisted by Alan Mitchell, Former Head of Health Care, Scottish Prison Service, United Kingdom.