Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said the release of 13 people from the “secret prisons” of the SBU

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From “secret prison” of the security Service of Ukraine has released 13 people, according to a joint report by the human rights organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

It is reported that people released after the publication of the human rights defenders on 21 July report “You do not exist: Arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances and torture in Eastern Ukraine”, which States that the Ukrainian government and the separatists tortured and illegally detained people in custody.

In addition, before the publication of the report Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch met with chief military Prosecutor Anatoly Matios and gave him a list of 16 people who are in the “secret prisons” in Kharkov. It is noted that 12 of the 13 released men was on the list.

Six people were released on July 25, seven people, including one woman, on 2 August. Human rights defenders managed to talk with five of released. Three of them – Nicholas Vakaruk, Victor ashikhin and Dmitry Korolev stated that they intend to seek justice. Two wished to remain anonymous, saying they fear reprisals.

Ashikin told Amnesty International that within a 597-day long illegal detention, he was transferred three times to different objects in order to hide the fact of his detention by independent observers. When released, the guards returned the detainees passports and were given 50-200 UAH for “transport costs”.

According to human rights activists, at least five people remain in the secret prison, two of them are citizens of Russia.

We will remind, the delegation of the UN Subcommittee on prevention of torture to suspend its visit to Ukraine, after she was denied access to sites in several areas of the country where, she suspected, the staff of SBU can unlawfully detain people.

The visit, which began may 19, was completed on may 26. However, he has been suspended from-for impossibility to carry out the program of the visit in full.

This is the second case, when the delegation continues to visit. This happens if the lack of cooperation by the state party prevents the delegations to fulfil the responsibilities given to it by the mandate of the Protocol.

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The head of the security service of Ukraine Vasily Gritsak has declared that considers lawful the decision not to allow the mission of the UN Subcommittee in its control in Mariupol and Kramatorsk. “I personally signed the documents that were allowed to visit institutions where persons of the SBU, in particular the detention center, but this does not mean that foreign observers should go to the district units of the SBU in the area of ATO”, – he said. He also confirmed that the detainees in those premises no.

The Ombudsman and the head of the Committee for human rights condemned the SBU for obstructing the work of the UN Subcommittee. Later, the Secretariat of the Ombudsman reported that in divisions of the SBU in the area of ATO, which did not allow the UN delegation, the detainees there.