Number of tortures decreased in Ukraine, - UN special rapporteur

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It is also noted that the situation in the Ukrainian prisons is "more or less normal"
21:39, 17 June 2018

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the Prevention of Torture, Nils Melzer noted significantly fewer cases of inhuman treatment and torture in Ukraine comparing to 2016. About this Melzer said in an interview with Dzerkalo Tyzhnya.

"I must say that after 2016, we have noted significantly less cases of inhuman treatment, torture in the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities ," Melzer said.

He also noted that in  the temporary detention facilities "the situation is already more or less normal."

Earlier it was reported that Melzer together with his team from May 20 to June 8 in Ukraine assessed the general situation about the prohibition of torture or other treatment that degrades human dignity.

Earlier we reported that Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s Commissioner for Human Rights, was denied to visit Mykola Karpyuk, a Ukrainian political prisoner kept in a Russian prison. It was reported on the Facebook page of the Commissioner.

“I have filed an application to the Vladimir Central Prison to meet Mykola Karpyuk. The head of the penitentiary came up to me and took my application. He stated that for now, I can meet Mykola neither as commissioner now as a private person. They cannot let me visit him as a commissioner as they have not received the relevant documents. As a private person – because the time of submitting the application was over,” Denisova noted.

She added that according to the head of the prison, the application is to be considered at the beginning of the week.

Earlier, Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s Commissioner for Human Rights, and her Russian colleague Tatyana Moskalkova agreed to meet in Moscow on June 18.

Moskalkova stated that the meeting would be held in her office. The parties intend to discuss the conditions of human rights defenders’ visit of the prisoners kept in Russian and Ukraine.

Denisova informed that she intended to visit Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Stanislav Klykh, Mykola Karpyuk, Roman Sushchenko and Resul Veliyev – the Ukrainian political prisoners kept in Russia.

On June 15, the Ukrainian ombudsman arrived in the prison where Sentsov is kept, but she was not let to visit him. In her turn, Moskalkova stated that Denisova violated the agreements.

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