EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 50/04/96
27 February 1996
Further information on EXTRA 06/96 (EUR 50/01/96, 15 January 1996) - Fear of
UKRAINEVitaly GUMENYUK, aged 24
Amnesty International has learned that the Supreme Court of Ukraine upheld
Vitaly Gumenyuk's death sentence at the appeal hearing of 18 January 1996.
Vitaly Gumenyuk is now facing imminent execution unless his death sentence
is commuted by the President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma. This is despite the
fact that Ukraine, by having joined the Council of Europe on 9 November 1995,
has committed itself to impose an immediate moratorium on executions and to
abolish the death penalty within three years.
Amnesty International is extremely concerned by the ambiguity in Ukraine's
position on the introduction of a moratorium on executions. The Procurator
General of Ukraine claimed on 18 October 1995 that executions were still
continuing, and in a telephone conversation with a representative of Amnesty
International, he stated that no official government decree or written statement
concerning this matter had been issued, and no instructions given to local
It has also become increasingly difficult to obtain information about the use
of the death penalty in Ukraine since Ukraine acceded to the Council of Europe.
Families of those on death row continue not to be informed promptly of the
fate of their relatives.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English, Ukrainian, Russian or in your own language:
- expressing serious concern that Vitaly Gumenyuk may face imminent execution
following the Supreme Court's decision to uphold his death sentence despite
- urging President Kuchma to grant clemency to Vitaly Gumenyuk, and to commute
his death sentence, and all others that come before him;
- urging the authorities to put an end to the agonizing uncertainty the families
of death row prisoners are experiencing by keeping them fully and promptly
informed about each stage of the prisoner's case.
President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma
ul. Bankovaya, 7
Prezidentu Ukrainy Kuchma L.
Faxes: (380 44) 291 61 61
Telegrams: Ukraina, Kiev, Prezidentu Kuchma
Salutation: Dear President
Chairman of the Presidential Clemency Commission, Pyotr Andreychenko
252220 g. Kiev
ul. Bankovaya, 7