Implementation of an innovative security system Custody Records
One of the effective guarantees of safety for detained person against improper treatment by law enforcement officers, according to the standards of the European Committee for the prevention of torture, is the introduction of a unified dossier for each detained person, which contains the records of all aspects related to the detention, and the measures that have been taken towards this person. For almost 30 years the UK police use effectively the equivalent of such a dossier – the Custody Records electronic system.
In 2017, within the framework of the Memorandum of cooperation between the National Police, on the one hand, and the Expert Centre for Human Rights and the Legal Aid fund, on the other hand, with the organisational and financial support of the Renaissance Foundation, our organisation launched an experiment on implementation of the Custody Records system in the activities of temporary detention facilities of the National Police of Ukraine (hereinafter – TDF).
Goal: introduction of Custody Records will help protect individuals placed in temporary detention from law enforcement officers misconduct, and will protect police officers from false accusations on possible mistreatment on their part.
Introduction the mechanism of activating and improving of the human rights violations investigation through the development of the public detectives institution.
The model for investigating human rights violations by ordinary citizens without special powers was first developed and tested in practice by ECHR experts back in 2016. With the support of the International Renaissance Foundation the ECHR started working on an independent mechanism for investigating violations of the rights of vulnerable groups by law enforcement agencies the very same year. Regional teams for countering violations of the rights of vulnerable segments of the population have become a model for implementing such mechanism.
The teams of public detectives, based on existing initiatives, were created in 10 regions of Ukraine at the beginning of 2018. They included lawyers, journalists, representatives of human rights and service civil organisations, and representatives of vulnerable groups particularly.
Translation by Oksana Vashenko
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