PMC law will be supplemented

13 April 2017

The High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation was empowered the right to initiate the structure enlarging of PMCs

The results of the elections to the public monitoring commissions in 2016 received a wide coverage. Few members were elected in a number of regions, somewhere experienced human rights defenders were not included in commissions. The negative reaction of the human rights community and the special role of public monitoring commissions in the protection of human and civil rights and freedoms caused the development of the draft law, that was created with the assistance of well-known human rights activists such as Babushkin, Gefter, Ponomarev, Masyuk and others.

On 7April, the deputies of the State Duma unanimously adopted the draft law «On amending the article 10 of the federal law «On public control of human rights ensuring in the places of enforced detention and on assisting persons in the places of enforced detention» in the first reading. Deputies’ speeches noted that it is extremely important to form a civil society institution that makes the work of the institutions of federal punishments execution service transparent and on the other hand new public monitoring commissions should include honest people those who will not abuse the power.

The draft law was developed in compliance with the suggestions of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Presidential Committee for development of civil society and human rights and also representatives of nonprofit organizations.

According to the amendments, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation will be able to initiate broadening of Public Monitoring Commissions.

Earlier Tatiana Moskalkova held a meeting with representatives of the Presidential Committee for development of civil society and human rights and members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation where solutions of conflict situations on the PMCs forming and earlier failed process of additional elections of human rights activists were discussed in details.

The PMC is a social control mechanism to ensure human rights in detention facilities and to support prisoners. In fact civil society makes exactly members of the PMC responsible for monitoring of the human rights provision in the places of forced imprisonment, for providing reliable information to society and governmental agencies for further elimination of the rights violation cause.

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