“FIGHT FOR LIFE” SITE
In Ukraine, for ten years there has been no procedure for correcting judicial errors, reviewing criminal sentences of those, who are sentenced to the maximum penalty (execution, life imprisonment). This is the most discriminated category of people. They were convicted by regional courts of first instance and had no right of appeal (reviewing of judgments by a higher court), and were convicted by the Criminal Procedure Code as amended in 1961, which was punishable with great human rights violations. We collect life stories of the people, who were convicted without the right to review sentences. The evidences of their guilt are based on confessions, given under torture, and which they refused in court. However, the evidences of the defense and the arguments of innocence of these people wasn’t investigated neither by detectives, nor by court, so people continue to sit in jail unfairly and are slowly dying.
In any civilized country in the world there is a procedure of correcting judicial errors and reviewing verdicts, that raise reasonable doubts about their fairness. Ukraine establishes itself as a civilized, democratic country, while according to the statistics of judicial practice, there is less than one percent of acquittals, while in European countries, in the United States, this percentage reaches 20-25 percent. It can be safely said, that 3-4 percent of people, who are sentenced to life imprisonment, serving sentences for other people’s crimes. The qualification of more than 10 percent of crimes is clearly exaggerated and the punishment doesn’t correspond to the gravity of the offence and the actual circumstances of the event. The draft Law №3078, as it was called, the “Bill of Last Hope” has the task of starting the process of restoring justice in the fights for lives of people, who are sentenced to life imprisonment by doubtful verdicts.