UKRAINIAN HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORS
on LAW ENFORCEMENT
News bulletin of the Association UMDPL (October – December 2018)
Complaints against police shall be forwarded further. Conclusions of the half-year work of the hotline in the zone of Joint Forces Operation.
Coordinator of the monitoring campaign of the Association UMDPL Sergiy Pernikoza and Eugene Vasylyev from Human Rights Center «Postup» took part in a two-day mission to the zone of Joint Forces Operation with the aim to create the system of quick and effective response to the facts of illegal actions of police officers.
Let us remind you, that as of April 2018 there is a hotline working in the zone of Joint Forces Operation to collect facts of human rights violations by law enforcement authorities. During six months the hotline has received and processed 187 complaints. The main task of such a hotline is to record illegal actions of law enforcement officers and provide necessary consultations. Read more
Virtual legal city Pravopil describes how state authorities operate
Web portal “Pravopil” is a universal, user-friendly and always up-to-date resource about how state authorities shall operate with observance of minimum human rights standards. It was developed by the Association UMDPL together with studio Real Stories Production.
As of today, the web portal “Pravopil” provides access to three objects – police station, State Migration Service of Ukraine and court. Besides visualization of premises of these state bodies and their equipment, portal also shows their working schedules, rules for service documentation management, as well provides references to provisions of relevant regulatory acts and other necessary pieces of information. Read more
“Pravopil” was presented during the Forum of Active Citizens Integrity & Unity and the Molodiya International Social Advertising Festival which took place in October – November.
#Stop_stigma_and_discrimination of sex workers: first conclusions of trainings for police
In October there were two two-day trainings on overcoming stigma and discrimination against sex workers organized in Kyiv by the Association UMDPL together with Charitable Organization “Legalife – Ukraine”. Law enforcement officers were trained by Volodymir Batchaev and Viktor Chuprov. Read more.
According to the project, participants of the training have to hold similar events on overcoming stigma and discrimination among police officers in regions of Ukraine. Human rights defender Liudmila Protsenko shared her experience in conducting training for police officers in Cherkassy. Read more. By following the link you can find out about the training for civil servants of the Main Department of the National Police in Lviv region, that took place on 4 December.
During three months of project implementation there have been 106 trainings held in 19 regional centers of Ukraine. As a result, 1 150 police officers have been trained. Read more
On 26 December there was a Concluding Round-table of the project “Overcoming stigma and discrimination against sex-workers by law enforcement officers on the national and regional levels”, during which participants discussed results of the conducted trainings, shared their experiences and tried to find ways to continue this dialogue further. Read more
Experts of Association conducted training for observers of peaceful assemblies
On 25 October lawyers, experts of the Association UMDPL Mykhailo Kamenev and Eugene Krapyvin told about tactics and preventive actions of police during mass events to participants of the special course on monitoring “Conflict Protests”, organized by the group of civil monitoring “OZON”. In particular, Mykhailo reminded about international and Ukrainian legislation which regulates freedom of assembly, types of such assemblies and which public services provide for their organization. In his turn, Eugene told about municipal and police functions, as well as about “filtration measures”. Read more
Practical part was held for participants of the course by Sergiy Pernikoza, coordinator of the monitoring campaign of the Association UMDPL.
On 3 November experts of the group on reforming law enforcement authorities of the Reanimation Package of Reforms Eugene Krapyvin and Volodymir Petrakovskiy read a lecture “Reform of Law Enforcement Authorities in Ukraine” for regional journalists from the All-Ukrainian NGO “Independent Association of Broadcasters” within the project “Strengthening of Regional Mass Media covering reform processes”.
On 10 November, within the framework of the program of the Open University of Reforms organized by the Reanimation Package of Reforms, Eugene Krapyvin held a lecture on reform of the National Police, particularly about achievements and shortcomings of current law enforcement officers. Read more
Eugene Krapyvin together with the expert of the Center of Policy and Legal Reform Olexander Banchuk presented conclusions and recommendations to the first in Ukraine Report on Police Commissions: on 31 October there was a presentation in Lviv, and on 21 November – in Dnipro.
What does youth know about courts – upon results of the IV Youth Forum on Human Rights
On 10 December in the student hub Belka of the Library of Kyiv Polytechnic Institute there was a Youth Forum on Human Rights where Olena Ostrovska, Head of the Criminal Justice Program of the Association UMDPL, delivered a speech. She told the participants about the “right to a fair trial”, as stipulated by article 6 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and how this right is being observed in Ukraine. Within the framework of the film lecture during the Forum there was also a presentation of the movie “Life behind Bars” produced by Real Stories Production. Read more
On 14-16 December lawyers, experts of the Association UMDPL Eugene Krapyvin and Mykhailo Kamenev held a training on the work of the law enforcement authorities during peaceful assembly. They told about the theory and practice of cooperation with law enforcement authorities and other subjects during the preparation of and running peaceful assembly, role of police within the law enforcement system, what is freedom of assembly in Ukraine, which public authorities are engaged to protection of peaceful assembly and what is civil organizations of public security etc. Read more
On 20 December Sergiy Pernikoza held a training “You and Police” for high school 10th graders of the Research school “Basis”. Read more
Specialized training for monitors was held
On 20-22 December in the city of Poltava there was a specialized training “Monitoring Places of Detention with highest Risk of Tortures, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment”. Having passed the training, participants practiced learned theory by conducting eight team monitoring visits for one day.
Webinar on access to justice
On 13 December Eugene Krapyvin, a lawyer and expert of the Association UMDPL, held a webinar “Law and Access to Justice in the Criminal Cases and its Anchoring in the Acting Legislation of Ukraine”. During the lecture, participants learned about the access to justice in general terms – procedural guarantees in the context of article 6 of ECHR, namely their anchorage in the national legislation, judicial control over the observance of human rights and freedoms etc. It was broadcasted within the framework of series of webinars on the topic of access to justice by vulnerable groups of population, held by NGO “April 10th” as part of the project “Protector” financially supported by the Council of Europe. Listen to the recording of the webinar.
Expertise and Analytics Program
International experience in disciplinary responsibility of judges and prosecutors was discussed during the conference
On 19-21 October the International conference “Disciplinary Liability of Judges and Prosecutors in Ukraine” has been held in Kyiv. Among its participants were experts of the Association UMDPL – Mykhailo Kamenev and Eugene Krapyvin. The latter took part in the panel discussion “Decision-making upon consideration of a disciplinary case and imposing disciplinary sanctions” with a report on the tendencies and problems in this sphere. Read more
Problematic issues in practice of Strasbourg court were discussed during the Forum in Lviv
A lawyer and expert of the Association UMDPL Mykhailo Kamenev took part in the VII International Forum on Practice of the European Court of Human Rights that was held on 16-17 November in Lviv at the I. Franko Lviv National University. During the forum presented and discussed were new tendencies and practices of the ECHR, challenges related to protection of human rights, progress in justice reform, gaps and drawbacks of the national legislation and practice etc. Read more
State Bureau of Investigations should have started its work and investigating cases of torture already a year ago
Experts of the Association UMDPL Eugene Krapyvin and Mykhailo Kamenev took part in the press-conference dedicated to the work of the State Bureau of Investigations that was held on 20 November in the Ukrainian Crises Media Center. Read more and watch a video recording.
It is the State Bureau of Investigations that has to combat tortures – Mykhailo Kamenev in the studio of Hromadske radio speaks about creation and mandate of the State Bureau of Investigations. Read and listen to the interview
State Bureau of Investigations starts its work. How was it created and what were the conflicts about? – Eugene Krapyvin for the analytical portal “Slovo I Dilo”. Read more
Can the State Bureau of Investigations investigate tortures? – comments of Eugene Krapyvin and Mykhailo Kamenev for the “Ukrainian Pravda”. Read more
Martial law as a legal mechanism – comments of the lawyer
Expert of the Association UMDPL Eugene Krapyvin comments the Decree of the President of Ukraine №390/2018 “On Decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine of 26 November 2018 on “Emergency Actions to Ensure State Sovereignty and Independence of Ukraine and Introduction of Martial Law in Ukraine”. Read more
Why participation in the OSCE conference important, – from expert experience
In the beginning of December in Milan (Italy) regular OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference has been held. Among its participants this year were executive director of the Association UMDPL Mr. Vadym Pyvovarov and lawyers, experts of the organization Eugene Krapyvin and Mykahilo Kamenev. Agenda of the conference which included both open and closed meetings, among other things, also provided for coverage of topics related to democracy challenges (i.a. populist movements, migration) and issues of protection of rights of political prisoners. Read more
“Stop Raid 2” law came into force. What does this document change?
A lawyer and expert of the Association UMDPL Eugene Krapyvin explains what will change upon enactment of the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine regarding Improvement of Observance of Rights of Parties of Criminal Proceedings and other Persons by Law Enforcement Authorities during Pre-Trial Investigation” (known in media as “Stop Raid 2”, because it introduces mechanisms of recourse requirements of law enforcement authorities to officers who violated human rights). Read more
Responsibility of police officers: new regulations come into force – Eugene Krapyvin in the blog of Internet media resource “Livyi Bereg” tells about changes awaiting police officers and regular citizens after enactment of the new Disciplinary Statute of the National Police of Ukraine. Read more
Has the general crime level really decreased? – Eugene Krapyvin commented on the statistics regarding crime level published by the National Police of Ukraine. Read more
Out of public focus: Invisible aspects of police reform – Eugene Krapyvin for the Internet-Portal “Dzerkalo Tyzhnya”. Read more
How did police perform in 2018: based on report of the Head of National Police of Ukraine and other things: – Eugene Krapyvin in the blog of Internet media resource “Livyi Bereg”. Read more
Radars TruCam: how will perpetrators of traffic regulations be found and fined: – Mykhailo Kamenev in the analytical portal “Slovo i Dilo” tells about video footage of offenses on the streets. Read more
Comments of Mykhailo Kamenev for “UA. Donbas” regarding traffic accidents with participation of law enforcement officers. Read more
New members of the Civil Council of Integrity have been elected – Mykhailo Kamenev in the studio of the TV-Channel ATR
Illegal detentions: is there a way out? – article of Eugene Krapyvin with co-author Yuriy Belousov for “Dzerkalo Tyzhnya” – follow the link
Other comments of Eugene Krapyvin:
- regarding civil formations of public security for Radio Freedom
- regarding investigations of attacks against activists – in the program of TV-Channel Chernomorka
- regarding resignation of Prosecutor General: for Channel 24, for Hromadske-TV, for Hromadske International, for Hromadske Khvylya
- regarding new Interpol’s President: in the studio of Hromadske-TV, for Realist.online, for Inforesist
- regarding draft law on advocateship – in the program of the TV-Channel “Rada”
Why does the law on improvement of administrative oversight over convicted persons need to be amended, – opinion of experts?
Olexander Fedoruk, head of the Penitentiary Program of the Association UMDPL took part in ХХІІІ meeting of the Working group of the Parliamentary Committee on Legislative Support of Law Enforcement and the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on Reform of Penitentiary System, that was held on 4 October. During the meeting participants discussed the need to adopt the draft law “On Improvement of the Order of Administrative Oversight”, which foresees amendments to the same Law of Ukraine, thus improving a still soviet practice of administrative oversight and, among other things, introduces criteria for establishing administrative oversight over persons convicted for crime in the sphere of drug abuse. Read more
First inspection visit was conducted within the framework of Memorandum of Cooperation with the Ministry of Justice
Expert and Head of the Penitentiary Program of the Association UMDPL Olexander Fedoruk took part in the first round of inspection visits to penitentiary institutions within the framework of cooperation of our NGO with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. The aim of the visits – see the conditions of living and work of convicted persons, and inspect whether institutional administrations observe their rights. Read more
Problems with human rights and freedoms and their observance in detention were discussed by participants of international scientific and practical conference with the same name that was held on 1 November in Chernihiv. Among its participants were the executive director of Association UMDPL Vadym Pyvovarov and the Head of its Penitentiary Program Olexander Fedoruk. Besides experts’ reports and screening of a documentary film “ПЖ” (production of Real Stories Production Studio, director – Kseniya Kravtsova), there was a ceremony of signing a memorandum of cooperation between the Civil Association “Educational House of Human Rights in Chernihiv” and the Academy of State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine. Read more
Rights of prisoners and the penitentiary system: visit to the PTDC
On 10 December an inspection visit to the Pre-trial detention center in Cherkassy was held by the Working group of the Parliamentary Committee on Legislative Support of Law Enforcement and the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on Reform of Penitentiary system. Together with representatives of state authorities, NGOs and media, Olexander Fedoruk, Head of the Penitentiary Program of the Association UMDPL, also took part in the visit. Read more
Ten important things. Our conclusions for the year.
At the end of the year all organizations usually analyze what was achieved for 12 months, what was left for the future and, of course, draw conclusions. We, the team of the Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors on Law Enforcement, also have 10 important things that we managed to achieve in 2018 and are happy to share the news. Read more
Association UMDPL introduces expert newsletter
As of 1 November, Association UMDPL introduces a thematic expert newsletter for everyone who is interested in the topic of human rights protection, which will be presented in a user-friendly format to your e-mail. Would you also like to receive such a newsletter? Sign up using this form.
- You can read the first issue of thematic newsletter of 1 November here.
- (Non)resignation, National police, administrative detention of 16 November.
- Martial law, State Bureau of Investigations, criminal misdemeanors of 29 November.
- Summon to police, how is “life” in PTDC and the Declaration of Human Rights of 14 December.
A documentary film was presented
On 26 October in Kharkiv, within the framework of the “Bardak” International Film Festival, documentary films of Kseniya Kravtsova “ПЖ” and “This is the job” were screened. The latter received a special jury award “For the extreme frankness and courage of the characters in the film”. Read more.