Within a fortnight a delegation of the Council of Europe's European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment will stay in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Ombudsperson's press service told.

The delegation's members Marc Neve, Veronica Pimenoff, Genevieve Mayer, Elvin Aliyev and Eric Svanidze met with Ukrainian Ombudswoman Nina Karpachova.

Ms Karpachova sharply criticized the practice of delaying criminal proceedings and Prosecutor Office's improper watch over adherence to legality in prejudicial investigation, detention and arrest. The problem of absence of statistics, particularly, with regard to torturing detainees, is topical. Thus, the only source of facts of tortures in Ukraine are annual reports by the Ombudsperson and reports by the International Amnesty and the European Committee for Prevention of Torture.

As Nina Karpachova believes, the current period of preliminary detention should be reduced from 72 hours to internationally acceptable 48 hours.

As Ms Karpachova told the delegation, Ukraine has already made first steps toward accession to the 2002 Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture, having signed it on September 23, 2005, Cabinet's press office reported.


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