Rape and murder by police unpunished in Ukraine

Rape and murder by police unpunished in Ukraine

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“Nighttime torments like in Gestapo”

In Kaharlyk, Ukraine, people get tortured and raped by police. And no justice follows. Furthermore, the initial purpose of police seems to have been abandoned here: over 20 cases got ‘lost’ and eventually forgotten.

On the night of May 24th a woman was summoned to the police station as a witness. There she was threatened, handcuffed to a radiator in a corridor, tortured with a gas mask and raped several times.

This incident is merely a drop in the ocean of police brutality and failure of justice which are constantly harming people in Ukraine.


Less than 100 miles away from Kaharlyk a 5-year-old boy, Kyryl Tlyavov, was slain by two people (one of which a police officer), who were practicing shooting in the middle of a residential area. This happened a year ago. Yet, those who are guilty HAVE NOT BEEN PUNISHED.

These two criminal acts are united by one thing: both have been overlooked by the person in charge. Arsen Avakov, the head of MIA of Ukraine, has been systematically ignoring the issue for many years while he’s been in office.

We demand (!!!) :

1)      JUSTICE for the victims and their families;

2)      Police officers to be more carefully selected;

3)      Actions taken in improving police trainings;

4)      Head of MIA of Ukraine Arsen Avakov to be dismissed.