Observance of the rights of people with disabilities in detention facilities will be subject to public control in the regions of Russia
30 December 2020
The tools for monitoring compliance with the rights of people with disabilities in detention facilities of the Federal penitentiary service of Russia were developed by the team of the project “Strengthening civic monitoring of detention facilities in Russia” with the participation of experts. Working meetings were held in Yoshkar-Ola, in the office of the Interregional human rights NGO “Man and Law” from 28 to 30 October 2020.
Strengthening civic monitoring of detention facilities in Russia
The project “Strengthening civic monitoring of detention facilities in Russia” includes three thematic stages:
- Respect for the right to privacy in detention facilities;
- Ensuring access to justice in detention facilities;
- Respect for the rights of people with disabilities in detention facilities.
Each stage involves 15 different regions of Russia.
Currently, preparatory work is underway before the start of the third stage of the project.
Prior to the working meeting, preparatory work was carried out by experts and the project team.
The experts were an expert of the Public Monitoring Commission of the Rostov region, specialist in the field of penal enforcement legislation, candidate of legal sciences Yuri Blokhin, as well as a representative of the public organization of people with disabilities.
The project experts prepared an analysis of Russian legislation that regulates freedom from discrimination of people with disabilities in detention facilities.
The project team developed a monitoring concept, which defined the subject of monitoring, goals and objectives.
At present, the preparatory phase ends and soon the call for applications for PMC members from regions of Russia to participate in the third phase of the project will be announced.
Why is this project important?
“The project “Strengthening civic monitoring of detention facilities in Russia” is implemented by the human rights organization “Man and Law” in cooperation with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Warsaw). The project is aimed at increasing the professional potential of PMC representatives, expanding cooperation between PMC representatives from different regions, ensuring access to justice for prisoners defending their rights independently, promoting systemic changes in legislation guaranteeing the protection of prisoners’ rights in Russia, and practical mechanisms for protecting rights in places of isolation,” said Sergei PODUZOV, a co-chairman of the Interregional human rights NGO “Man and Law”.
“Civic control is one of the most effective mechanisms for detecting human rights violations in detention facilities,” emphasized Irina PROTASOVA, a chairwoman of the Interregional human rights NGO “Man and Law”.
The European Commission is supporting the project within the frames of the programme “European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights”.
The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights programme is implemented to promote respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to enhance the role of civil society in Russia to strengthen human rights and democracy.
Поддержку проекта в рамках программы «Европейский инструмент в области демократии и прав человека» оказывает Европейская комиссия.
Программа «Европейский инструмент в области демократии и прав человека» реализуется в целях содействие уважению прав человека и основных свобод, и усиления роли гражданского общества в России для укрепления прав человека и демократии.