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Amnesty International: Torture, secret prisons, persecution for criticizing authorities in Ukraine

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The organization also claims illegal arrests and detentions in the occupied territories
17:24, 22 February 2018

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International human rights organization Amnesty International criticized the state of human rights in Ukraine for 2017-2018, in particular, recalling the lack of progress in the investigation of the so-called "secret prisons" of the Security Service of Ukraine, torture by law enforcement officials and the persecution for criticizing the authorities.

The report on the state of human rights in Ukraine was published on the official website of the Amnesty International organization.

In particular, the organization recalled the detention by Security Service of the Ukrainian woman, who lives in Russia.

"On August 15, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained for two days Darya Mastikasheva, a Ukrainian citizen who lives in Russia and visited her mother in Ukraine. She was accused of high treason and illegal possession of arms. Her phoyos, which her lawyer did outside the courtroom, show signs of beating and alleged torture by SBU employees," the organization said.

Also her lawyer reported that Daria Mastikasheva received threats against her mother and son until she agreed to read out to the camera an appeal in which she was charged with crimes. As of the end of the year, she was still in detention awaiting trial.

In addition, Amnesty International states that the Ukrainian authorities have increased pressure on their critics and independent public organizations, including journalists and anti-corruption activists. By the way, state bodies opened criminal proceedings and passed laws aimed at restricting the rights to freedom of speech and freedom of association.

The organization added that they continued to illegally detain and imprison their opponents in the occupied territories.

"In November, the de facto" supreme court "in Donetsk sentenced a man to death. The authorities in occupied Russia, Crimea intimidated, harassed and opened criminal proceedings against their critics," Amnesty International said.

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