14:34 Sep. 2, 2016
The introduced office will provide independent investigation of human rights violations in Ukrainian police facilities
The first police ombudsman's office was established in Kyiv and its main goal will be to monitor the human rights situation in police departments and pretrial detention centers.
"Such a center should exist in order to monitor the situation in police departments, temporary detention facilities, pretrial detention centers, how and what people work there", Ukraine's National Police Chief, Khatia Dekanoidze, said during the opening ceremony.
She emphasized that "if we have normal monitoring of the human rights situation, it will help us on our way to form a new police force, because an ombudsman should be aware of the situation in all regions of Ukraine".
Dekanoidze added that people holding such a position will be entitled to visit detention facilities any time without a prior warning or approval.
A major advantage of the office is that ombudsmen haven't been involved in enforcement agencies previously. That means they will be independent in their actions.
The National Police Chief said that similar offices will be launched in other regions of Ukraine in the near future.