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High Commissioner requests Prosecutor General to check penal institutions of the Federal Penitentiary Service in Adygea

11 March 2016
High Commissioner requests Prosecutor General to check penal institutions of the Federal Penitentiary Service in Adygea

High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova requested Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Yuri Chayka to check observance of human rights in penal institutions of the Republic of Adygea Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia (the FPS of Russia).

The Krasnodar editor’s office of the federal TV channel LifeNews informed the High Commissioner of a mass violation of human rights in Pretrial Detention Centre No. 2 located in the Republic of Adygea. Consequently, from 29 February to 3 March staff members of the High Commissioner’s Office had inspected the above detention centre.

The inspection revealed that on 16 February 2016 staff of the special task unit of the Republic of Adygea Directorate of the FPS of Russia used physical force and injured some prisoners and detained persons.

Explanations made by officials, detained persons and their relatives clarified that during an unscheduled search conducted by order of the Directorate’s Head, uniformed and masked staff of the special task unit had been beating up the detained within a few hours. Over 70 people suffered from their actions.

In her request to the Prosecutor General, Ms Pamfilova pays attention to the fact that the misdeeds registry fails to contain an entry of that incident. No information about the use of physical force and special means on the said date was registered as well; and the official doctor of the detention centre was away in the relevant period.

During the inspection of the detention centre the Investigation Unit of the Teuchezhsky Investigation Directorate of the Republic of Adygea Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case for an offence under Article 286, Part 3, Item ‘a’, of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (abuse of power with the use of force).

However, the substitution of the task to ensure security in the detention centre given to the special unit for the task to take part in the mass search has not yet been assessed in principle. The violation of regulatory acts on search procedures by the penitentiary system staff, failure to provide proper medical assistance to the injured as a result of the use of force, to register the injuries and communications on the misdeeds have not been considered yet, the request says.

The official letter of the High Commissioner also underlines that "the penitentiary system staff violated not only the institutional regulations, but also the lawful right of suspects, accused and sentenced persons to polite treatment by penitentiary staff members, to personal security, medical assistance and others."

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