Defenders obtained the release of 13 prisoners from “secret prisons” of the security Service of Ukraine. It is noted that former prisoners told me not to tell that they were illegally detained.
About the release of the 13 prisoners said in a joint press release by international human rights organizations Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. According to them, the prisoners were released from prison in Kharkiv, the SBU after the publication of the report on secret prisons in Ukraine called “You there”.
According to human rights activists, SBU officers were taken prisoners from Kharkov in an armored van and drop them off on the outskirts of cities Kramatorsk and Druzhkivka in the Donetsk region. While they were required to remain silent, threatening otherwise “serious consequences.”
According to human rights activists, six people were released on 25 July, the rest on 2 August. At the same time, the press release notes that the SBU continues to illegally hold at least five people, including two Russians. While three of them secretly detained for over 17 months.
According to the report, organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, published on July 21, the security Service of Ukraine illegally holding people in secret prisons in Kharkov, Mariupol, Kramatorsk, and Izyum. The detainees said that security officials beat them, applied them to electric shocks, threatened with rape, death and revenge to the family.
The presence in Ukraine of secret places of detention was confirmed by UN data. So, in June, the assistant UN Secretary General for human rights Ivan Simonovic told reporters that the SBU illegally detain militias and systematically applies them to torture. The Ukrainian authorities deny these data.