Health care in places of detention (such as detention facilities and correctional facilities) is either not provided at all, or provided very selectively and not in full. Meanwhile, an enormous number of diseases lead to physical defects at best and to inmates’ untimely deaths at worst.
How are ill people treated at penal facilities and what are the ways to reform prison health care? How do people have to fight for providing medical care to ill inmates?
The Kharkiv Human Rights Group will present their vision of the problem, provide a general overview of the state of prison health care and present a concept for reforming it.
The discussion will also involve a former convict Oleh Tsvily who will speak about how he was tortured at Temnovska Penal Colony No. 100 and about his condition when he was released from prison. Ihor Rybchynsky, also recently released from a correctional colony, will tell the story of his disease and how it was (not) treated.
Organizers: Kharkiv Human Rights Group, Docudays NGO
Partners: Alliance for Public Health ICF, REAct System for Monitoring and Response to Human Rights Violations
Hennadiy Tokarev, lawyer, head of the Strategic Matters Centre of KHRG
Tamila Bespala, lawyer at KHRG
Mykhailo Romanov, KHRG expert on penal law
Maksym Butkevych, coordinator of the REAct system in Ukraine
Moderator: Denys Volokha, PR manager of KHRG
The discussion will be held in Ukrainian with sign language interpretation. The sign language interpretation is provided by the Inclusively Friendly project.