PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE NORTHERN CAUCASUS IN THE PRISONS OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
The rights of prisoners in Russian prisons are constantly violated. Torture and cruel treatment are often faced by those serving their sentences in penitentiary institutions. This is often explained by the fact that FSIN officials are veterans of the Chechnyan Wars, and as a result, prisoners of North Caucasian origin are treated with grave hostility.
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Prisoners frequently complain about abuse, unreasonable punishment, oppression on the basis of religion and ethnicity, and failure to provide medical assistance. These complaints are received not only from the victims themselves, but more frequently from their relatives.
Recently there has been an increase in the number of written confessions for further crimes from convicts, which is usually done after the torture of the convicted persons.
In April 2020, the Penal Enforcement Code was amended to allow the prison authorities to transfer convicts closer to their homes at their request. We very much hope that this law will be implemented as soon as possible and that people of the Northern Caucasus will be able to serve their sentences in the region of their residence rather than 3,000 kilometres away.
How we help:
– Legal support: visits by lawyers and human rights defenders of convicted individuals in prisons, representation of their interests in courts;
– Collection of data and information from detention facilities;
– Initiation of complaints to courts, the Procurator’s Office and the European Court of Human Rights in the interests of convicts;
– Information Assistance
– Communication with relatives, and consultation on legal issues.
How did the program start, and why is it relevant:
In 2011, the Civil Assistance Committee launched a project entitled “Protection of Rights of North Caucasians in Russian Prisons”.
Its purpose is to improve the living conditions of the prisoners of the North Caucasus origin in detention facilities and to stop the use of abhorrent and unlawful measures of treatment in Russian prisons. And also – to draw attention of Russian and International public to the practice of ethnic persecution of prisoners from the North Caucasus through the publication of the monitoring data, reports on the most flagrant violations and publication of the Project’s summary reports.
Thanks to our advocacy work, cases of violations of law and ethics are increasingly being referred to the appropriate authorities rather than silenced.
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