Ukraine's Parliament promotes law on forced feeding of inmates who refuse to eat

Source : 112 Ukraine

The first reading passed successfully; a court decision will be necessary to perform this procedure
16:24, 9 September 2021

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The Ukrainian Parliament supported the draft law No. 4323, which is supposed to let the prison staff perform forced feeding of the inmates on hunger strike. The document was upheld in the first reading.

The draft law offers amendments to Article 116 of Ukraine's Criminal Executive Code, when it comes to definition of legal reasons for approval of order and kinds of forced feeding, as well as definition of detention conditions for the inmates who go for a hunger strike. The document also offers amendments to Article 11 of the Law of Ukraine "On Early Detention".

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The inmate who announced a hunger strike may be force-fed, as long as there is a respective court decision. In turn, the judges make their decision based on the doctor's conclusion about the inmate's current health condition and possible immediate risks for his life (which must be confirmed by medical documents that include information about lab tests and other necessary procedures). No forced feeding can be performed without the court decision. 

Once he/she refused to eat, the inmate must remain under constant supervision of the doctor. If the decision on forced feeding is made, the chief of detention facility must inform the Ukrainian parliamentary ombudsman


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