UN: Torture is used by both sides of the conflict in Ukraine

According to the UN report, Ukraine’s Security Service (SSU) is responsible for most of the torture cases recorded in government-controlled territories.

3 June 2016 16:41

Hundreds of cases of illegal detention, ill-treatment and torture both by militants and Ukrainian Armed Forces have been recorded in Ukraine, reads a report by Assistant UN Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic called ‘Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine 16 February to 15 May 2016’.

“Enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment remain deeply entrenched practices,” the report says.

According to the report, the  self-proclaimed  ‘Donetsk  people’s  republic’  and  self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk  people’s  republic’ established  a  network  of  places  of  deprivation  of  liberty  where detainees are tortured and ill-treated, and cracked down on dissent.

The report claims that many of these cases concern incommunicado detention in unofficial detention facilities where torture and ill-treatment are persistently used as means to extract confessions or information, or to intimidate or punish the victim.

It is claimed in the report that the SSU denies practicing secret or incommunicado detention and declines to reveal the whereabouts and fate of individuals who were forcibly disappeared.

“SSU officials continue to maintain that allegations documented by OHCHR are ‘unfounded  insinuations’  made by criminals trying to portray themselves as victims,” reads the report. 

It was reported earlier that according to the UN report called ‘Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine 16 February to 15 May 2016’, at least 179 prisoners were transferred from Crimea to penitentiary institutions in the Russian Federation since March 2014.