Years behind bars without judgment: Prolonged pre-trial detention in Ukraine in violation of reasonable terms of criminal proceedings

Organization: Secretariat of the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law

Under the auspices of the Ukrainian Bar Association, the Open Dialog Foundation has prepared a report on the issue of prolonged pre-trial detention in Ukraine due to the violation of reasonable terms of criminal proceedings. The project was implemented with the funds from a grant bestowed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO/WOTRO).

The source base of the study were materials of criminal cases; statistical data from the replies by the State Penitentiary Service and the State Judicial Administration to the inquiries sent by the Open Dialog Foundation; Ukrainian Ombudsman’s replies to inquiries sent by the Open Dialog Foundation; information from human rights organisations and the media; information from the legal practice of members of the Ukrainian Bar Association and the practice of the Open Dialog Foundation; and provisions of Ukrainian law and decisions of the ECHR.

The report has been prepared, taking into account the comments of attorneys, analysts, civil society organisations, and representatives of the Ministry of Justice and General Prosecutor's Office who took part in a debate on the preliminary study results, held on 28 July, 2016.

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