Practice of documenting the cases of torture in place of detention
According to international and national bodies, torture are still a widespread practice in places of detention in Ukraine. One of the reasons, indicated by specialists, is the lack of an effectual mechanism for documenting and pre-trial
investigation of cases of torture. According to study, commissioned by the Association for the Prevention of torture, the productive pre-trial investigation it is one of the most potent factors in preventing torture. For the recent 5 years
the courts of Ukraine received only 20 indictments under Article 127 of the CrimeCode of Ukraine “torture” which in no way reflects the prevalence of this heinous phenomenon in the state.
The main purpose of this study is to assess the compliance of current practice of detection, documenting and further responding on cases of alleged torture and other types of improper treatment in places of non-freedom with the international
standards in this area, the Istanbul Protocol in particular.