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report-of-the-high-commissioner-for-human-rights-describes-numerous-human-rights-violations-in-ukraineReport of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was published June 1, 2015 http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/UA/10thOHCHRreportUkraine.pdf
The report covers developments in Ukraine in general, and in Odessa in particular from February 16 to May 15, 2015 year.
Direct intimidation and threats against judges hinder the impartial and fair trials in Odessa.
According to the report, the judges of Odessa region complain of increased pressure from “euromaidan” including a threat to life and attacks on judges.
In addition, according to the report, the judges complained on pressure from the SBU, which forces judges to take the “right” decisions in cases of activists of Kulikovo field and related organizations (in the report of the United Nations, they are called “supporters of federalization”).
The report also said that the SBU officers conduct searches without official permission, detain people without charge, torture and deny detainees’ access to legal counsel.
In particular, the report said that the staff of monitoring mission talked with the families and lawyers of detained on suspicion of terrorism, as well as with the detainees themselves in the Odessa prison. In the course of these discussions, the mission found numerous violations allegedly committed by the SBU officers during the investigation. “The searches were carried out without warrants and with excessive use of force, the detainees were not informed of their rights, the legal assistance was provided to them with a delay of up to 70 hours, SBU officers came to search with their witnesses and refused to make an inventory of seized items” is said in the report. In addition, the members of the monitoring mission noted that the actual indictments often happen in a day or more after the arrest, while all this time the detainees were not able to inform their families of their position and get legal assistance.
In addition, the report states that the representatives of the monitoring mission, quote, “got the messages that during the interrogation, some of the detainees were subjected to ill-treatment and torture (beatings, suffocation with a bag on the head, electric shocks and deprivation of sleep, food and water for more than 24 hours). ”
The Ukrainian government has promised a thorough investigation into all cases of torture and ill-treatment, the report said. I wonder whether any reaction from the government will follow?

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