Cabinet of Ministers offers to legalize SSU’s secret detention facilities

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is noted that these remand prisons actually exist now
19:44, 29 May 2017


Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers submitted the bill #6521 to Verkhovna Rada, suggesting legalization of secret detention facilities of Security Service of Ukraine (SSU). The according information was made public on parliament’s website.

According to explanatory note, this is about legalization of actually existing remand prisons of SSU.

The bill provides that not only the State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine and military detention of Ukrainian Military Law-Enforcement Service within Ukrainian Armed Forces can have its own detention facilities, but also Ukrainian Security Service.

Beyond that, the head of SSU, as well as heads of regional SSU bodies or its deputies would be allowed to conduct special operations using stun devices, water cannons and armored vehicles.

As it is known, Amnesty International published a report about SSU’s secret prisons last year. According to human rights watchers, at least five more people were still secretly kept at that moment, two of them being Russian citizens. 

Vasyl Hrytsak, the head of the Security Service of Ukraine, announced that Security Service had no "secret prisons", however noted that temporary detention isolators exist.

Related: Amnesty International on human rights: Russia, Ukraine critisized

Related: Amnesty International urged parties to the conflict in Donbas to punish those responsible for illegal detention

Related: 13 people released from Ukrainian "secret prisons"

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