Strasbourg, 12.12.2011 – A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out an ad hoc visit to Ukraine from 29 November to 6 December 2011.
The main objective of the visit was to review progress made regarding the treatment and conditions of detention of persons deprived of their liberty by law enforcement agencies. For this purpose, the delegation visited the pre-trial establishments (SIZOs) in Kyiv and Kharkiv and various police establishments (see below).
On the occasion of this visit and in the light of reports recently received by the CPT, the delegation also examined the health care being provided to certain prisoners currently held at the Kyiv SIZO, including Valeriy IVASHENKO, Yurii LUTSENKO and Yulia TYMOSHENKO.
In the course of the visit, the delegation held consultations with Oleksandr LAVRYNOVYCH, Minister of Justice, Serhii CHERNYKH, First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, and Oleksandr LISITSKOV, Head of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine, as well as with other senior officials of the Ministries of Justice and Internal Affairs.
The delegation also met Viktor PSHONKA, Prosecutor General, Renat KUZMIN, First Deputy Prosecutor General, and Anatolii PRYSHKO, Yevhen BLAZHIVSKYI and Viktor VOITSYSHEN, Deputy Prosecutors General. Further, it had talks with Nina KARPACHOVA, Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights.
In addition, the delegation had a meeting with representatives of non-governmental organisations active in areas of interest to the CPT.
At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the Ukrainian authorities.
The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:
- Lətif HÜSEYNOV (Azerbaijani), President of the CPT (Head of delegation)
- Marija DEFINIS GOJANOVIĆ (Croatian)
- George TUGUSHI (Georgian)
- Marika VÄLI (Estonian).
They were supported by Michael NEURAUTER, Head of Division, of the CPT’s Secretariat and assisted by two experts: Eric DURAND, medical doctor, former Head of the Medical Services at Fleury-Mérogis Prison (France) and Michael KELLETT, former Detective Chief Inspector in the Lancashire Constabulary (United Kingdom).
The delegation visited the following places of deprivation of liberty:
Irpin Temporary Holding Facility (ITT)
Shevchenkivskyi District Police Division, Kyiv
Solomianskyi District Police Division, Kyiv
Vyshgorod Police Division
Chuguyiv Police Division
Joint Special Detention Facility, Kharkiv
Dzerzhinskyi District Police Division, Kharkiv
Kyivskyi District Police Division, Kharkiv
Leninskyi District Police Division, Kharkiv
City Police Sub-Division of Leninskyi District Police Division, Kharkiv
Secure Ward of Kyiv Municipal Clinical Emergency Hospital.
In accordance with Article 11 of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the information gathered by the CPT during the visit and its consultations with the Ukrainian authorities are confidential. Before the end of the visit, various of the delegation’s interlocutors issued press releases, purporting to give information on the findings of the delegation. The contents of those press releases are inaccurate and should be disregarded.