Allegations of abuse of power and human rights are on the rise in Ukraine and the situation is rapidly deteriorating. Those are the controversial findings of several of the country’s civil rights movements.
Yevhen Zakhavrov, leader of Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group is running for the job of human rights ombudsman in Saturday’s parliamentary vote.
He told euronews that the police need to provide a fuller account of their activities: “I remember well the former interior minister saying that the work of the police will be assessed by the number of criminal cases. This is absurd. How many cases can they possibly file to show results?”
One of those campaigning for justice is Zoya Karpylenko, whose son Sergei, died in police custody six months ago after being arrested for theft. He complained of being severely beaten; Kiev’s Appeal Court has ordered that the case be re-opened.
“I’m sure that my son was killed. He was tortured, maybe somebody even got promoted for it. But the fact is my son is in his grave,” said his mother.
Kiev’s prosecutor’s office has told euronews that claims of human rights violations are tackled personally, but no-one was ready to comment on the Karpylenko case.