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    UN Human Rights Office for the High Commissioner stated that UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture members will visit Ukraine on May 19-26 to assess the treatment of people deprived of their liberty.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) members will visit Ukraine on May 19-26 to assess the treatment of people deprived of their liberty, as well as the safeguards for their protection against torture and ill-treatment, the UN Human Rights Office for the High Commissioner said Tuesday.

    "We will be assessing how recommendations from our first visit in 2011, such as the need for legal reform, increased institutional oversight to reduce risk factors for torture, and comprehensive medical examinations of people in detention, have been implemented," Sir Malcolm Evans, the SPT chair and head of the delegation, stated as quoted in a statement of the UN Human Rights Office.

    The four-member SPT delegation is expected to meet Ukraine's government officials, lawmakers and civil society representatives, as well as visit places, where people may be deprived of liberty, including prisons, police stations, psychiatric institutions and residential care facilities, the statement highlighted.

    Ukraine signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) in September 2005 and became part of an international inspection system for places of detention.

    In late April, Russian Foreign Ministry Human Rights Ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov said that Moscow had information that Russian prisoners in Ukraine had been subjected to torture.


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