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Ukraine: CPT expresses concern over ill-treatment and detention conditions

last updated Mar 12, 2012

On Monday 12 March 2012, the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) expressed concern over the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by the police, saying it “received numerous allegations from detained persons that they had been subjected to physical ill-treatment” which in some cases “could be considered to amount to torture”. In course of the examination of health care being provided to certain persons, among them Valeriy Ivashenko, Yuriy Lutsenko and Yulia Tymoshenko, the CPT criticized the delays “in arranging specialized medical examinations” outside the detentions facility. Furthermore the CPT called the authorities to immediate put an end to the practice of handcuffing patients to hospitals beds as well as to guarantee the right of access to a lawyer and a doctor and the right to inform a close relative at the very outset of custody.

CPT: Ukraine: Council of Europe concerned about ill-treatment by the police and detention conditions