Remand centers in the occupied Luhansk region are less accessible than in the territory of the terrorist "DPR", according to Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
During his visit to Ukraine Melzer had access to the territories of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk and Luhansk Peoples’ Republics", in particular, to some prisons there.
“Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to choose where I could go, and conversations with the prisoners were not completely confidential. In the Donetsk prison, I spoke with four representatives of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who are kept there. I talked to them individually, but the guards were close. However, it was a good chance to hear them, to see that the state of health is fine, and, to the circumstances, their spirit is strong and they really want to go home," he said.
Melzer also pointed to the fact that remand centres in the Luhansk region are not so accessible.
“The regime is very strict, I would say despotic. When we entered the room, all the prisoners had to face the wall. We could not privately communicate with any one and, unfortunately, did not know how they are treated,”
said the UN representative.
Earlier QHA reported that Melzer was not allowed to prison in the occupied Crimea to monitor the human rights situation.