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Cablegate: Ukraine: Response to Request for Human Rights

VZCZCXYZ0026
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHC #9870 3021425
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 291409Z OCT 07
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY KYIV IMMEDIATE 4327

UNCLAS STATE 149870

SIPDIS

SIPDIS
FOR POL MARK WOOD AND LES MIKE SCANLAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KCRM PGOV PHUM SNAR UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
VETTING

REF: KYIV 2589

1. Following an Embassy review which identified no
derogatory information, the Department reviewed its files and
identified no derogatory information on the following
personnel of the Security Service of Ukraine who will
participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA)
Regional Drug Unit Commanders Course (DUCC) at the
International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Budapest,
Hungary from November 12 to 16, 2007. This vetting is
pursuant to the Leahy Act.

2. The proposed candidates are:

Name: Valeriy SCHERBYNA
Position: Head of Counternarcotic Directorate, Main
Department for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime,
Security Service of Ukraine
DOB: December 4, 1959
POB: Ukraine

Name: Oleksandr RAFALIUK
Position: Deputy Chief of Counternarcotic Directorate, Main
Department for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime,
Security Service of Ukraine
DOB: March 28, 1972
POB: Ukraine

3. Post is therefore authorized to provide the following
statement: "Embassy verifies that as of October 24, 2007,
the Department of State possesses no credible information of
gross violations of human rights by the individuals listed
above." This cable completes the joint human rights vetting
approval process for the personnel of the Security Service of
Ukraine who will participate in the Drug Enforcement
Administration's (DEA) Regional Drug Unit Commanders Course
(DUCC) at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in
Budapest, Hungary from November 12 to 16, 2007. Note that if
at any time Embassy becomes aware of any information
regarding incidents which could be deemed to be credible
information of a gross violation of human rights by any unit
involved in USG-funded training, Embassy should so inform the
Department.
RICE

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