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Ukraine: fear of imminent execution: Vitaly Gumenyuk

, N° d'index: EUR 50/001/1996

Vitaly Gumenyuk was sentenced to death on 25 October 1995. His appeal against his sentence is due to be considered by the Supreme Court of Ukraine on 18 January 1996. AI fears that if his appeal is turned down, he will face imminent execution.

EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 50/01/96
EXTRA 06/96 Fear of imminent execution 15 January 1996
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Vitaly Gumenyuk was sentenced to death by the regional court of Zhitomir in
Ukraine on 25 October 1995. His appeal against his sentence is due to be
considered by the Supreme Court of Ukraine on 18 January 1996.
Vitaly Gumenyuk was condemned to death shortly before Ukraine acceded to the
Council of Europe, on 9 November, and undertook to impose an immediate moratorium
on executions, and to abolish the death penalty within three years. However,
there have been reports that executions are continuing and that death sentences
are still being imposed. The Procurator General of Ukraine claimed on 18 November
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 authorities. In the light of these reports,
Amnesty International fears that if Vitaly Gumenyuk's appeal is turned down,
he will face imminent execution.
Amnesty International is opposed to the death penalty, in all cases and without
reservation, on the grounds that it is a violation of the right to life and
the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail letters in
English, Ukrainian, Russian or your own language:
appeals (telegrams) sent before 18 January:
- urging the Supreme Court to uphold Vitaly Gumenyuk's appeal against his death
sentence, in keeping with Ukraine's commitment to work towards abolition of
the death penalty given to the Council of Europe;
appeals sent before and after 18 January (an update will be issued as soon
as outcome of appeal is known):
- expressing concern to the Presidential Clemency Commission that Vitaly
Gumenyuk has been sentenced to death, and calling on them to recommend clemency
if his appeal is not upheld by the Supreme Court.
Chairman of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, Vitaly BOYKO
252601 g. Kiev 24 GSP
ul. M. Grushevskogo
Verkhovny Sud Ukrainy
Telegrams: Ukraina, Kiev, Verkhovny sud, Predsedatelyu
Salutation: Dear Chairman
Chairman of the Presidential Clemency Commission, Pyotr Andreychenko
252220 g. Kiev
ul. Bankovaya, 7
Komissiya po voprosam pomilovaniya pri Prezidente
Predsedatelyu Andreychenku P.
Faxes: (380 44) 291 61 61
Telegrams: Ukraina, Kiev, Komissiya po voprosam pomilovaniya
Salutation: Dear Chairman
Procurator General of Ukraine, Grigory Vorsinov
252601 g. Kiev II
ul. Reznitskaya, 13/15
Prokuratura Ukriany
Generalnomu Prokuroru Vorsinovu.G
Faxes: (380 44) 290 26 03
President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma
252601 Kiev
ul. Bankovaya, 7
Prezidentu Ukrainy Kuchma L.
Fax: (380 44) 291 61 61
Procurator of Zhitomir Region, name not known
262001 g. Zhitomir
Oblastnaya Prokuratora
Head of the Regional Court in Zhitomir Region, name not known
g. Zhitomir
Oblastnoy Sud
and to diplomatic representatives of Ukraine accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 15 February 1996.

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