Ukraine | Lack of identification of law enforcement officers results in impunity

The Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights declared this thesis during a round table "Personal identification of police officers and national guards as protection against arbitrary behavior: problems and solutions" which was held on 15 November 2016, at the Ombudsman's Office.

"A striking example of how the impossibility of identification of law enforcement officers became the reason of not bringing them to responsibility, including criminal and two-years prescription events during the Revolution of Dignity. And it, on the one hand, contradicts the principles of the rule-of-law and can lead to considerable mass human rights violations", – Ms. Valeriya Lutkovska emphasized.

On her belief, the accurate legislative guarantee is necessary that each citizen who faced violation of the rights during relations with law enforcement agencies could assert their rights and require a punishment of the guilty in their violation.

For his part, the head of public organization "Human rights defense initiative" Mr. Mykhailo Kamenev during the  presentation of research "Draft laws on personal identification: improvement of a system for National police and creation for National guard" paid attention to widespread practice of anonymity of police.

"Today I went on the town where the strengthened security measures were introduced, and I can testify that 80% of employees of law enforcement agencies absolutely had no tags or they were somewhere hidden under bulletproof vests", – Mr. Mykhailo Kamenev noted.

Participants of a round table discussed amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On National Police" concerning specification of its norms in practice, in particular accurate fixing of numbers on tags, the place of fixture of a tag, personal disciplinary responsibility for violation of rules of identification by police officers etc.


Source: Office of the Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Ukraine



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