UN report confirmed existence of SBU illegal prisons for “separatists"

23:03, 01.06.2016

The SBU has created a series of closed places of illegal detention of persons accused of separatism, where no international organisations are allowed.

These data are presented in the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The paragraph 48 of the report states, ‘The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, is still very concerned about consistent reports about people who the Ukrainian Security Service keeps in unofficial places of detention. These places are not available for the National Preventive Mechanism and international organisations.

Reliable reports from victims and their relatives show a common pattern of behaviour in several divisions of the SBU. From the very beginning of the conflict, a large number of authentic stories of victims and their relatives revealed a network of unofficial places of detention, often located in basements of buildings of regional departments of the SBU.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reminded that the prohibition of secret detention is non-derogable’.

The day before the UN mission to monitor human rights and detention of prisoners stated on the SBU refusal to grant access to the prisoners. For the second time in its history, the mission left the country without completing the study.