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Saturday, October 29, 2016

How to react to the ban Ki-moon at disrupting the work of the UN Committee on Ukraine

The UN Subcommittee on prevention of torture arrived to Ukraine with the purpose of checking the local prison, not shameless missed in the penitentiary. The SBU denied the delegation access to certain prisons. Despite the fact that Ukraine is a member of the Protocol to the Convention against torture. According to experts interviewed by “MK” if the security personnel did not allow the members of the UN Committee, so they have something to hide.

photo: Alexander Astafyev

The visit of four international experts started on 19 may. To complete his planned may 26. However, the trip had to be interrupted.

The head of the delegation Malcolm Evans said: “We have not had the opportunity to visit some of the places for which he received numerous and serious allegations about the detention, torture and no proper content.” The announcement is published on the website of the United Nations. The head of the SBU Vasyl Hrytsak explained the failure of the UN delegation, in the pass in the building of the remand prison to the fact that there is a “secret technique”.

How to make up for the looming conflict, Natalia Sevostyanova, first Deputy Minister of justice of Ukraine, stated about the upcoming meeting of the UN sub-Committee of the SBU to renew international visit.

Experts said the “MK” why Ukraine has become to hinder the work of representatives of the Subcommittee on prevention of torture.

Natalia KHUTORSKAYA, candidate of legal Sciences, associate Professor, member of the Board of Directors of PRI (penal reform international):

– Ukraine has violated its obligations and one of the principles of international law. She had to admit observers from the UN sub-Committee. Ban on visits to their prisons testifies to the fact that Ukraine has something to hide. It is an egregious example. Based on my experience working at the Council of Europe, any state is never allow yourself to like. Ukraine reconfirmed that violates human rights, including the rights of persons deprived of their liberty or in detention. Because of this fact, unprecedented, I think, followed by an official statement. Of course, the UN delegation would not insist on re-visiting. Ukraine itself has detected, indirectly admitted to gross violations of human rights. In 2016, the European Committee against torture is going to visit Ukraine. The reaction of the country on this visit will be the final evidence that there are allowed the torture and ill-treatment of persons held incommunicado.

Denis DENISOV, the head of the Ukrainian branch of the CIS Institute:

-Ukraine has signed the relevant Convention. This means that the country must provide the Committee with the UN unrestricted access to the territory of penitentiary institutions, including in the camera of the SBU. This failure only confirms the speculation regarding the lawlessness that is happening in Ukraine. In particular, people in both formal and informal prison of the SBU, as well as in detention centers. First of all, we are talking about people who are accused of separatism and terrorism. Mainly, those who are in 2014-2015 came out to protest and demonstrate their civil position in the territories of South-Eastern regions of Ukraine, such as Kharkov, Odessa … it is Clear that the charges these people are embroidered with white thread.. I Wish this was followed by a statement from UN chief ban Ki-moon, the partners of Ukraine in the European Union and the United States. However, I think this will not happen. The problem will try to put a brake on, to remain silent, such was the case in similar situations.

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