Civilians are being secretly hold and tortured for a long time by militants and by representatives of the Ukrainian authorities as well in Eastern Ukraine. This is the conclusion by International human rights organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch made after interviewing 40 people (victims, their families, witnesses, victims, lawyers). This is stated in the report of Human Rights Defenders "You do not exist. Arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances and torture in the east of Ukraine", which is posted on the website Amnesty International.
In particular, human rights activists note that they have recorded 9 cases of unlawful long detention by Ukrainian authorities of civilians detained and including enforced disappearances, in unofficial places of detention, and 9 cases of unlawful prolonged detention of civilians detained pro-Russian rebels. Most of these cases date back to 2015 and the first half of 2016-th. Representatives of Ukrainian authorities detained civilians on suspicion of connection or support to militants while militants detained civilians suspected of supporting or spying for the Ukrainian authorities.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch call on the Ukrainian government and the authorities of so-called "DNR" and "LNR" to put an immediate end to the illegal detention, to declare a "zero tolerance" to torture, to ensure a thorough investigation of all allegations of torture and bring perpetrators to justice.
Reportedly, the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment ("SPT") are going to visit Ukraine on September 5-9.
Earlier, the UN Subcommittee Prevention of Torture delegation has suspended their visit to Ukraine after it was denied access to the places in several areas of the country, where, on their suspicion, the SBU may detain people illegally.