Russia gave explanations to the Geneva Committee against torture on the situation in the Yaroslavl colony

GENEVA, July 25. /TASS/. The Committee against torture, which began at its 64th session in Geneva to consider the sixth periodic report of Russia, informed about the measures taken in connection with the beating of a prisoner in the Yaroslavl colony No. 1. This was announced Wednesday in an interview with Russian journalists the head of Department of protection of human rights in criminal proceedings, the Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Love Philip.

The Committee was informed that action was taken immediately, she said. On the day of issue July 20, videos on the Internet about violent acts in the Yaroslavl prison “authorized immediately instructed to prepare an appeal to the Deputy head of the Investigative Committee of Russia in which the question was raised about the organisation of the verification and adoption of procedural decisions,” said Philip. By results of check, she continued, was quickly prosecuted, at the moment, 17 employees of regional management FSIN discharged of execution of official duties, the question on election of a measure of restraint in form of detention.

As explained by the head of the office of the Ombudsman, additional questions on this subject from the members of the Committee when presenting the alternative report was not. However, they asked the Russian delegation during the discussion at the session of the official report of Russia. It will continue its consideration on Thursday.

The members of the Committee, continued Philip, was also informed about the actions undertaken by the Russian Ombudsman steps for improving the legislation: it is, in particular, on the development and adoption of the law on the transfer of persons in places of detention, closer to their place of residence before conviction or to the place of residence of their relatives, as well as the law on exemption from execution of the punishment in connection with a serious illness unconditionally. These bills, said the head of Department, supported by the President of Russia. Presented during the discussion, the information said Philip, “was positively received, with great interest in continuing the dialogue on collaboration and cooperation.”

Independent and not accountable

As explained in conversation with journalists the adviser of the international relations Department of the Ombudsman Olga Goncharenko, the institution of the Commissioner for human rights in Russia has accreditation status “A”, which emphasizes his independence and lack of accountability of state authorities and officials. “In accordance with this status, we have the opportunity to participate, including in the work of Treaty bodies on human rights, she said. – We have presented its alternative report to the Committee against torture. Earlier this year, another alternative report was submitted to the Committee on the rights of persons with disabilities”.

The Committee against torture, established on 1 January 1987, oversees the implementation by States parties of the Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment. One of its main functions is to check the reports of States on the enforcement of obligations under the Convention. In addition, it investigates complaints of States and individuals for breach by participating countries of the provisions of this document.