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    May 30, 2016

    UN Report Confirms the Existence of Illegal SBU Prison Where People Are Held Without Trial

    Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
    30th May, 2016

    The world's support of the Kiev regime has been given another very unflattering breach. The Kiev regime brought it upon itself, as it simply could not but bring it, as concealing its true nature for long is almost an impossible task. Evidence has arrived that any Western politician who denotes loyalty to the Kiev regime are patrons of monsters, sadists, and criminals. SBU has created a number of places of unlawful detention of persons charged with so called separatism where access is not provided to any international organizations. Dozens of people are kept without any trial in places of deprivation of liberty by the Kiev regime.

    This data is presented in the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, reports "Politnavigator".

    Paragraph 48 of the report says: "the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights remains very concerned at the systematic reports of people detained by the security Service of Ukraine in informal places of detention. These places are not available for national preventive mechanisms and international organizations.

    Credible reports coming from victims and their relatives indicate common patterns of behavior in multiple divisions of the SBU. From the very beginning of the conflict from a large number of credible stories of victims, their relatives became aware of a network of informal detention centres, often located in the basements of buildings of the regional departments of the security service.

    OHCHR recalls that the prohibition of unacknowledged detention is not subject to derogation".

    However, paragraph 49 of the High Commissioner of United Nations for Human Rights states that the security service without charge or extension of any charges holds dozens of prisoners in prison of Kharkov, in fact, on the rights of the hostages, which will be given to the LPR in exchange for the Ukrainian prisoners.

    In particular, representatives of the UN stated: " the building of the Kharkiv regional department of the SBU are 20 to 30 people illegally detained incommunicado. In response to the question about their fate and whereabouts, employees of the SBU have systematically denied any involvement in this.

    According to information collected by OHCHR, the vast majority of persons detained in the Kharkov management of SBU were not arrested in a lawful manner, and still have not received charges, despite the fact that they are being held for alleged association with armed groups.

    These detainees will stay in such conditions as long as they will not be given to armed groups in the framework of the simultaneous release of the detainees".

    In addition, representatives of the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights have documented the torture of relatives of prisoners by employees of the SBU.

    The UN mission notes that the staff of the SBU in Mariupol and Odessa used violence and torture against the inmates' relatives.

    In particular, paragraph 50 of the report on Ukraine states that "employees of the SBU detained and are likely to have tortured women - female relatives of men suspected of belonging to armed groups or having relationships with them...

    On 8th December, 2015, in the village of Shchurove,  Donetsk regional employees of the SBU arrested at her home a 74 year old woman looking for her son — according to the UN report. She was being held in the SBU building in Mariupol, accused of "terrorism", and was beaten..."

    OHCHR also documented the case of three women who were detained in May 2015 in a region controlled by Kiev in the city of Donetsk. Among the victims were the wife of the commander of the armed group and her daughter. The daughter, according to UN experts, was tortured, and both women were threatened with sexual violence.

    In Odessa, the SBU tortured the son of a supporter of federalization with his father. The UN report says that the accused "...was pressured to sign a confession, in particular he was tortured by the Odessa management of the SBU. 

    During interrogation, he was reportedly strangled by a plastic bag placed on his head, and was struck in the face, head, and body. Then the SBU officers reportedly took him into the hallway of the SBU building, where he was shown his son, whom they arrested. The son was taken to a separate room, and the father heard terrible screams. 

    In another case, also by the Odessa management of SBU, a pregnant woman, in October 2015, was detained along with her husband at the checkpoint while crossing the contact line  in the Donetsk region, was subjected to psychological threats. She subsequently lost the baby, which she claims was the result of the abuse she suffered during detention," says the official report of the UN office for Human Rights.

    Earlier it was reported that the same report stated that the SBU beat out the testimony of the detainees on the events of the 9th May 2014 in Mariupol under torture. 

    As a reminder, previously, the UN Mission on monitoring Human Rights and detention of prisoners stated the SBU refused to grant access to prisoners. The mission, after the  second scandal in its history, left the country without completing the study.

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