Human Rights in Ukraine: UN torture prevention body resumes Ukraine visit

11:56 Sep. 1, 2016

UN torture prevention body resumes Ukraine visit

prison officer stands guard during a Ukrainian Ministry of Justice organised media press tour on June 19, 2016 in Kyiv, Ukraine (Getty Images)

Anti-torture panel suspended its visit in May after being denied access to certain places

A UN torture prevention body said on August 31 it would resume a visit to Ukraine that it had suspended in May after being unable to access some places of detention that are under the authority of the Security Service of Ukraine.

The resumption of the visit comes following "positive talks" between UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) and the Ukrainian government.

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"The three-member SPT delegation will examine developments in Ukraine related to the prevention of torture and ill-treatment, and will evaluate how recommendations from the SPT's first visit in 2011, including the need for legal reform, increased institutional oversight to reduce the risk of torture and comprehensive medical examinations of people in detention, have been implemented," the group said in a statement.

The UN torture prevention experts will work in Ukraine from 5 to 9 September.

After the visit, the SPT will send its report, including its observations from the suspended visit in May, to the Ukrainian government. The panel says this information will remain confidential unless the Ukrainian authorities decide to make it public.

Under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the SPT is mandated to visit all States parties and can make unannounced visits to any places of detention.


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