The purpose of the visit was to examine the treatment of residents of Psycho-neurological Institutions (“Internats”) and, in this context, to assess the progress made as regards the implementation of previous CPT’s recommendations. For this purpose, the CPT's delegation visited the “Internat” in Viktorivka (Cherkasy Region) and two “Internats” in Odesa Region, in Velykorybalske and Baraboi.
In the course of the visit, the delegation had consultations with Oleksandra Churkina, Deputy Minister of Social Policy, as well as with senior officials from her Ministry and the Ministry of Health. The delegation also met representatives of regional authorities of Cherkasy and Odesa Regions in charge of social care. In addition, talks were held with the Ombudsperson Lyudmyla Denisova and staff of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) Department.
At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the Ukrainian authorities.
The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:
- Marzena Ksel (Head of delegation)
- Dagmar Breznoščákova
- Costakis Paraskeva
- Ceyhun Qaracayev
- Vytautas Raškauskas.
They were supported by Borys Wódz, Head of Division at the CPT’s Secretariat.