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The Committee for the prevention of torture is concerned about the cruelty of the Ukrainian operatives who are making confessions

The Committee for the prevention of torture visited the prison in November 2016

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The Committee of the Council of Europe for the prevention of torture noted positive changes in Ukraine in the framework of reform of law enforcement agencies and expressed concern about ill-treatment by the police. This is stated in a summary report to the government of Ukraine published on the website of the Council of Europe.

“It is still a serious concern of ill-treatment by police officers (slapping, kicking, kicks, truncheon or a plastic bottle with water) that in most cases, as stated, comes from operational police officers who are making confessions,” the report says.

The Committee for the prevention of torture noted that the level of abuse compared to a visit in 2013 declined, but “the number of applications continues to cause concern”.

“As the problems associated with the police, there are also unregistered detention, failure to comply with safeguards against abuse, such as access to a lawyer or doctor, as well as the continuing practice of detention in police custody longer than the statutory period of 72 hours,” said the Council of Europe.

Representatives of the Committee for the prevention of torture were in Ukraine to gather information on the imprisoned from 21 to 30 November 2016.

In February 2017 the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko announced information about that in Ukrainian prisons in 2016 increased mortality.

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