EURO 2012 - POLICE INSTRUCTED TO LEAVE FOREIGNERS ALONE

05.07.12


Police

Amnesty International said today that, according to Ukrainian police sources, an instruction was issued that police should not touch foreigners during the Euro 2012 tournament.

For ordinary Ukrainians, it was business as usual, with several reported instances of police criminality in Donetsk.

Amnesty has long been campaigning for an independent body which would investigate complaints against the police impartially and with the necessary authority, and says it appears the idea is gaining some ground.

"Amnesty is currently working with the country’s judicial authorities and NGOs to help establish a new State Investigation Bureau and shape it into an effective institution that can rein in police excesses. Although it is still much too early to tell what the State Investigation Bureau will look like when eventually presented to parliament, this opportunity presents a glimmer of hope for Ukraine. Amnesty believes the current government, and whoever governs after elections due to be held in October, has a chance to show it is serious about turning Ukraine’s parasitic police force into one of public service."



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