Radio Liberty: Amnesty International notes worsening of human rights situation in Ukraine

Print version
May 13, 2011, 1:03 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, pauses following a news conference presenting the organization annual report for 2011, in central London, Thursday, May 12, 2011. According to the organization, the Amnesty International Report 2011 provides a comprehensive global overview of the state of human rights worldwide. The 400-page book documents the state of human rights in 157 countries around the world during 2010. It reflects Amnesty International's work to combat human rights abuses and lays out its future agenda for tackling human rights abuses.
© AP

The observance of human rights has deteriorated significantly in Ukraine, according to a report released by international human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Friday, Radio Liberty has reported. A monitoring conducted by the organization points to an increase in the number of allegations of torture and ill treatment in police custody, restrictions on the freedom of speech and assembly, as well as mass manifestations of xenophobia.

According to the report, the restriction of freedom of expression was reported in 2010 in 89 states, cases of torture observed in 98, and unfair trials in 54 countries.

Amnesty International's representative in Ukraine Tetiana Mazur said that unfortunately Ukraine was in each of these lists.

"Ukraine is first mentioned in the general press release of the report. Our volunteer observers noted the deterioration of the situation with the observance of fundamental human rights. The number of allegations of torture in police, pre-trial detention centers and prisons increased last year. Here we can note the recent case of the beating of prisoners in the Vinnytsia pre-trial detention center. We have three cases of human rights defenders being prosecuted. One of them, Andriy Bondarenko, was sent by a court to undergo psychiatric examination for his 'excessive awareness of his own rights and militant insistence in defending them,'" Mazur said.

She also recalled the case where the non-observance of human rights ended in tragedy. She said that a refugee from Abkhazia, Tamaz Kardava, died after being beaten and becasue he was not given proper medical attention in prison.
The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively debate. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. If you think that a posted comment violates these standards, please flag it and alert us. We will take steps to block violators.
Anonymous May 13, 2011, 3:54 p.m.    

Why should the 20% of the population that are authoritarian, Communist and Soviet rule over the 80% of the population that is democracy and freedom oriented? Democracy and freedom oriented parties should agree to always vote and to vote only for any democracy oriented candidate (whatever the party) and to never, never vote for an authoritarian, Soviet or Communist oriented candidate. It would be so simple.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous May 14, 2011, 10:43 p.m.    

Ukraine has regressed to the old method of elections. Only deceased voters that vote the accepted way are counted, the rest are thrown into trash heaps.

Yanu's mission statement; Ukrainians will be flogged until their morale improves.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous May 13, 2011, 7:20 p.m.    

Welcome to the Revolution.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous May 13, 2011, 10:09 p.m.    

This should not be tolerated.

I'm going to send a note to the Ukrainian Embassy; and to my senator.

Granted this is probably 'peanuts' to them...

... but at least I can contribute my 2cts worth of concern.

We're in the 21st Century...

... it's time Ukraine evolve out of its primeval totalitarianism.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous May 14, 2011, 3:33 a.m.    

I agree with you and will join you in writing my government. I do believe other countries are very interested in what is happening to Ukraine and her people. Thanks for the nudge:)

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous May 14, 2011, 2:49 a.m.    

Yanuk, the world is watching your stupidity and ignorance. This is all you can contribute to society and it's all worthless just like you. You keep digging a deeper and deeper hole for yourself. Eventually you will be bury in your own mess. You are such a pitiful man and embarrassment to mankind.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous May 14, 2011, 5:49 a.m.    

utterly stupid comment

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous May 14, 2011, 6:57 p.m.    

You sound more Russian than Ukranian.

Evidently, Ukraine's language and culture mean nothing to people like you.

Only submission to Russia.

I always wonder why someone like you would want Ukraine or any country to be submissive to Russia?

I would say that Ukraine definitely does not need people like you who cares nothing about their values.

You should mind your own business.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous May 14, 2011, 8:21 p.m.    

Yanukovych should be in prison for treason. Then he will know how it feels to have his freedom taken away, like he is taking from all Ukrainians.

{# <-- parent id goes here


© 1995–2014 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.