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Ukraine-UN group for torture prevention to be created - SBU Head

Ukraine-UN group for torture prevention to be created - SBU HeadUkraine's Security Service (SBU) Chief Vasyl Hrytsak has announced the creation of a joint group with the UN to monitor Ukrainian pretrial detention facilities in order to prevent torture.

"Last week, we had a meeting with [UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan] Simonovic. We had a constructive conversation and reached an agreement on further cooperation and the creation of a joint group that will resolve such nuances virtually online to prevent such accusations against Ukraine in the future," Hrytsak told reporters on Monday during a surprise check of an SBU pretrial detention facility in Kyiv, in which Verkhovna Rada human rights ombudsman Valeria Lutkovska and Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko participated.

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Simonovic earlier said there had been instances of torture in Ukraine, including by the SBU.
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