Strasbourg, 26 February 2014 – A delegation of the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has returned to Ukraine* to carry out a one-week ad hoc visit.
The main objective of the visit, which began on 18 February 2014, was to examine the manner in which persons apprehended during recent demonstrations were treated by law enforcement officials and/or other individuals assisting them in the context of those events. In Kyiv, the delegation held a number of interviews with persons apprehended in January 2014 who had allegedly been ill-treated, including a protester who appeared on a widely-viewed video which showed members of the special forces humiliating him. Further, the delegation interviewed many of the persons apprehended by Internal Affairs/Security Service special forces and/or other persons supporting them in the course of extremely violent law enforcement operations which began on the first day of the visit and ended up with a considerable number of deaths. In the Dnipropetrovsk Region, the delegation spoke to a number of persons apprehended during the law enforcement operations carried out in late January 2014. (more...)
Ukraine and the Council of Europe