Discussion: Not all tortures leave traces: whether Ukraine complies with ban on torture
Despite ratification by Ukraine of a number of international instruments directly prohibiting torture, the practice of torture still exists in our country. According to the data from the Justice Ministry, Ukraine lost 14 cases under Article 3 (prohibition of torture) in the European Court of Human Rights last year. The plaintiffs received more than 150,000 euros in compensation from the state budget. The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture was recently forced to suspend its mission to Ukraine due to denial of access to places of detention of the Ukraine’s Security Service. The risk of using torture is the highest exactly in these places with limited access. The number of such places is nearly 5,000, according to the National Preventive Mechanism.
Discussion “Not all tortures leave traces: whether Ukraine complies with ban on torture” will be held in the Media Crisis Center (The Ukrainian House, 2 Khreshchatyk Str., Kyiv) on the eve of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, June 24, at 11:00.
Oksana Pokalchuk, Executive Director of Amnesty International in Ukraine
Maksym Butkevych, NPM monitor, Chairman of Board of NGO “Without Borders”
Yuriy Belousov, Chairman of Board of NGO “Expert Human Rights Centre”
Hennadiy Tokarev, lawyer of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group
Mykola Hnatovsky, President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment
Moderator: Artem Chapay, journalist
Contact person: Nadia Kolesnikova, +38 067 661 80 30, firstname.lastname@example.org
The event is organized by Amnesty International in Ukraine, Human Rights Information Centre with the support of the International “Renaissance” Foundation
Amnesty International is the global movement uniting over 7 million people in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end the grave abuses of human rights. Amnesty International strives to provide every person with an opportunity to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments. http://amnesty.org.ua
NPM is the independent national agency that was established and has been operating under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and provides for regular monitoring of all places of detention to prevent ill-treatment of people who stay there. NPM has been operating in Ukraine since 2012 in the format “Ombudsperson +”, providing for monitoring visits to places of detention made by Ombudsperson Office staff and civil society activists.