European Rights Commissioner criticizes Ukraine

11:27, 18 December 2006

For incidents of police torture

The Council of Europe`s human rights commissioner today said incidents of police torture of detained suspects and hate crimes continue in Ukraine despite progress in protection of human rights, according to AFP.

      Speaking in Kyiv, Thomas Hammarberg said problems persist in the country`s judicial system, including corruption.

      The Swedish diplomat also slammed cases of hate speech and hate crime in the country, citing mistreatment of members of both the Roma ethnic minority and the Muslim religious community.

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