The scandal with the secret prison of the SBU in Ukraine has reached a new level. Two authoritative international human rights organizations — Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International — have demanded from the chief military Prosecutor Anatoly Matios, to investigate the potential use of the objects of the security Service of Ukraine (SBU) as unofficial places of detention”. Recall that for the first time about the problem said the “MK” at the beginning of last year — read more in the article “How to construct secret prisons of the security service of Ukraine: “the Story of an eyewitness”.
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Former prisoner of the secret prison of the SBU Alexey Samoilov.
Appeal on behalf of the Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia Rachel Denber and the Director of the regional office of Amnesty International in Europe and Central Asia John Dalhuisen was done after the defenders managed to interview five recently freed in Kharkiv former prisoners of the secret prison of the SBU. In late July — early August, the SBU in Kharkiv, released 13 people from 18 that, according to human rights, illegally detained in secret prisons. As the authors of the letter, these people were taken from the Kharkov esbeushnik in the back of an armored van, with black bags over their heads. They were released on the outskirts of the cities of Druzhkivka and Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region, warning about the need to remain silent about their secret detention. Released only three agreed to give their names: two inhabitants of the Ukrainian — Nicholas Vakaruk and Victor ashikhin and Dmitry Korolev from Zaporozhye. According to human rights activists, prisoners gained their freedom after the publication on 21 July 2016, report You “doesn’t exist”, which focuses on the illegal detention of people in Kharkiv remand prison of the SBU, and in the detention center of Donbass.
Earlier in June, a report was published of the UN, which talked about secret prisons, illegal arrests and torture in Ukraine. Official Kiev has so far denied the existence of secret prisons, however after the UN report, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko together with the head of the country’s security service, Vasyl Hrytsak and the Ombudsman Valeria Lutkivska visited the detention center of SBU, which under Ukrainian law should not even exist. Thus, Lutsenko actually acknowledged the existence of illegal prisons of the SBU in Ukraine, because even in 2003 the law on the security Service of Ukraine was amended, depriving secret service of the right to have their own places of deprivation of liberty.
The first issue of secret prisons in Ukraine raised “MK”, published on 4 February 2015 interview with a former prisoner of the detention facility of the SBU in the Kharkov Alexey Samoilov. Samoilov has spent 54 days in a secret prison after his criminal case was officially terminated. However, he never was listed and was considered released from detention, the SBU reported to the relatives. It is surprising that human rights defenders, it took a year and a half to pay attention to this problem.
According to Alexei Samoilov, in secret prisons SBU can contain a lot more people than was included in the lists of human rights defenders.
— Of course, there are more people, — he told “MK”. — I assume this is based on my own experience. During some inspections of their night, take out, hide, confuse the tracks… If there are only 18 people, then why do we need such a huge staff in the Kharkiv SBU — almost 2 thousand people? 99% of the work of the SBU is today in effort to quell protests against the government. When I was there, there were a lot of people. Of course, I could judge what is happening just by the sounds and at a very short conversation. But I think there were moments when the number of prisoners reached a hundred. The guards did not have time to carry food and attracted to the female prisoners. One of the girls sitting in the next cell told me that the prison is chock-full of 120-150 people in there.
— You talked to some human rights activists in prison or after release?
— After I got traded, I was being interviewed only representatives of special services of the DPR and Russia. And then the Investigative Committee. None of the defenders to me has never appealed. In prison came to me — the OSCE twice, and the representative of the UN special Commission on human rights. It was a time when I was in Poltava prison.
— Why is the topic of secret prisons has surfaced now, and not, for example, a year ago?
— Pay attention to the following facts. On the 25th anniversary of independence of Ukraine Poroshenko almost no one came. It is, in fact, was in a vacuum. The only representative of a foreign state at the celebrations were the President of Poland Andrzej Duda. I assume that he came not only to talk about Volyn massacre, he brought some message, some kind of ultimatum. And there are two indisputable international authority in the field of human rights protection beat “doublet” for the Kiev regime. Question: why were they silent for two years? It is a proven mechanism for influencing world public opinion. Political authorities in Kiev right now classic “humanitarian attack”. Its purpose is hard to imagine. Two authoritative international organizations have recognized the existence of huge human rights violations in Ukraine, and has been able to establish the mechanism of release of prisoners. Perhaps this is done with the purpose of complete reformatting of the political class of Kiev, because if this is not done, Ukraine will be the usual neo-Nazi regime. Or this pressure is a new mechanism of influence on the negotiation process on solution of the Ukrainian crisis.
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