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Commissioner in Pskov Region revealed infringement in work of temporary holding facility in Velikie Luki

19 February 2016

On 18 February 2016, Commissioner for Human Rights in Pskov Region Dmitry Shakhov checked a temporary holding facility of the federal police in the town of Velikie Luki.

First of all, the regional Commissioner checked the decisions on the basis of which the citizens were kept in the facility, and also he checked the record-keeping and safety of the things withheld from the detainees. He found violations in the handling of passports of Russian citizens. The Commissioner also doubted whether the detained are properly informed of their rights and duties established by federal laws, since the staff failed to have all the necessary legal handouts.

In Dmitry Shakhov’s opinion, it is rather a serious violation, because a citizen must be informed not only of his/her duties and the rules of conduct in the institution but also of the rights he or she is entitled to by law. Moreover, he or she has the right to ask to read about his or her rights in a special federal law. This is a particularly important issue,. since people in custody can be divided into two groups: those detained for an administrative offence and those for a criminal one. Their rights differ significantly.

During the inspection of the premises the regional Commissioner spoke to the people detained in the facility. They were satisfied with the quality of food, had no complaints about the staff and conditions of detention. The detainees were also satisfied with the living conditionsin the facility, which was built in the middle of the last century and meets neither Russian nor international standards.

Following the inspection, the regional Commissioner will submit the official opinion to the Pskov Region Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. The document will contain a set of recommendations aimed at restoring the violated rights of the citizens.

Adapted from the Press Service of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Pskov Region

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