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Right to access to information reinstated

25 November 2016

With assistance of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia the right of a convict to access to necessary information has been reinstated. An additional work has been conducted in order to prevent the same situations.

Convict M. who had been held in Pretrial Detention Centre No. 1 of Syktyvkar City, the Komi Republic, addressed the High Commissioner with a complaint about unlawful sentence. A registered letter with official reply of the High Commissioner was returned to the Office of the High Commissioner due to “the absence of the addressee at the address indicated”, since the convict had been transferred to the place of serving sentence in Murmansk Region.

As a result, the right of the convict to receive necessary information was violated. According to the internal regulations of the pretrial detention centres established by the Executive Order of the Ministry of Justice in 2005, in the case of transferring a convict to another penitentiary facility, letters addressed to him must be redirected to the new place of stay.

The High Commissioner appealed to the Komi Republic Department of the FPS of Russia with a petition to examine the violation of the order of mail redirection. Following an inspection, the registered letter was redirected to the convict, and the officer who had committed the violation was held disciplinary liable, the body reported in reply.

Moreover, in November 2016, in order to prevent the same violations, the Komi Republic Department of the FPS of Russia asked the regional branch of the Russian Post Federal State Unitary Enterprise to provide additional explanations to the staffers of the Unitary Enterprise about the order of correspondence redirection to facilities of the penitentiary system.

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