UN mission – about Kagarlyk: Disclosing personal data of victims of violence to the media is unacceptable
The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission recalls that it is inadmissible to disclose the personal data of victims of violence to the media.
This is indicated in a message on the organization’s Facebook page.
“After the Kagarlyk incident, where sexual violence and torture against a woman and a man were reported, some media published the name, place of residence and photo of the victim. They also described his character and behavior.
We emphasize that in reporting on cases of sexual violence, all stakeholders, including the media, must put the interests of victims first. This means preventing repeated trauma and stigmatization of the victim, avoiding the reproduction of gender stereotypes, such as blaming the victim, and publicly disclosing the person’s personal data only with their informed consent, “the statement said.
The Monitoring Mission recalled that under the Declaration of the Fundamental Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, victims should be treated with compassion and respect for their dignity.
Thus, public reporting of sexual violence should not impose an additional burden on the victim. An indifferent approach to these cases affects the well-being of victims and their families and can have a negative effect, preventing victims from reporting such violence in the future, said the Mission.
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It has been reported that on May 24, 2020, a young girl born in 1994 appealed to Kagarlyk Hospital in connection with the beatings and rapes. She claims that police were involved in these offenses.
According to preliminary information, on the night of 23-24 May, an officer from his office tortured a woman who was called to the police station as a witness: he put on a gas mask, handcuffed him and shot with a service weapon over his head, after which he raped several times.
In addition, law enforcement officers used physical force against a man who was at the time at the police station. In particular, threatening to rape, the police brought him to his knees, struck him on the head with batons, put on a gas mask and fired a pistol over his head. As a result of these acts, the victim suffered rib and nose fractures.
Currently, all staff from the Kagarlyk Police Department have been removed from staff for additional certification of each employee.
The management of the dissolved branch was entrusted to the regional police service.
The National Investigation Bureau reported suspicions to the officer and the head of one of the sectors of the Kagarlyk Police Department of the Obukhov Police Department of the National Police of the Kiev region.
The agent is suspected of rape committed by a group of people (part 3 of article 152 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).
The head of one of the sectors of the Kagarlyk PO is suspected of complicity in rape committed by a group of people and abuse of power or official authority by a police officer accompanied by violence (part 5 of article 27, Part 3 of Article 152, Part 2 of Article 365 of the Criminal Code) Code of Ukraine).
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru