The UN delegation ended their visit to Ukraine

Делегация ООН прекратила свой визит в Украину

UN experts were to assess the implementation of the recommendations provided after the first visit in 2011

SBU refused to allow a delegation of the organization in the place of the alleged torture.

The delegation of the UN Subcommittee on prevention of torture prematurely suspended his visit to Ukraine, which was to last from 19 to 26 may. This decision was taken after the delegation was denied access to places where, on suspicion of experts, employees of the security Service of Ukraine deprive people of their freedom. The corresponding statement posted on the website of the centre of information about human rights.

As stated by the head of the delegation Malcolm Evans, the refusal of the SBU is a violation of Ukraine’s obligations as state parties to the optional Protocol to the Convention against torture.

“Therefore, we were unable to visit some of the places about which we’ve heard numerous and serious allegations of detention and possible torture or ill-treatment,” said Evans.

The delegation of the UN Subcommittee should evaluate the implementation of the recommendations provided after the first visit in 2011.

The SBU refused to comment until the circumstances are clarified and the full proceedings.

“If we talk about this statement, the security Service in the framework of current legislation opened or gave the opportunity to open doors in places where it can be done according to the law,” said adviser to the head of SBU Yury Tandit on air of 112 Ukraine.

He stressed that UN officials were allowed “to those people who were suspected of committing crimes against the integrity of Ukraine, more than 600 people.”

In turn, Parliament Commissioner for human rights Valeria Lutkovska and the head of the parliamentary Committee on human rights, national minorities and international relations Hryhoriy Nemyria stated about the inadmissibility of such actions of the SBU.

“Declare the inadmissibility of such illegal actions by the security Service of Ukraine and called on the Ministry of justice of Ukraine adequately provide for visits of the Subcommittee in the near future to invite representatives of the UN Subcommittee on prevention of torture to carry out an unscheduled visit to Ukraine for the proper implementation of international commitments of our state”, – said in a joint statement Lutkovska and Nemyria.

As reported Корреспондент.net, Russian policy Subcommittee informed the UN that in prisons and detention centers of Ukraine contains 52 political prisoners, two of whom are citizens of the Russian Federation.