Moscow, 11 April 2013 - “The Russian authorities have started to address several structural shortcomings in the justice system identified by the European Court of Human Rights. However, much remains to be done to ensure access to justice, remedy serious human rights violations and prevent the flow of repetitive applications before the Court,” said Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, at the end of a ten day visit to Russia.
“It is positive that the authorities have introduced non-custodial pre-trial measures. Furthermore, the possibility now exists of compensation to those detained in poor conditions. They have also made efforts to improve material conditions of detention,” said the Commissioner in reference to the response of the Russian authorities to Court judgments finding violations of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the prohibition against torture and inhuman or degrading treatment) in respect of detention on remand. “Health care in the prison and detention system is another long-standing issue of concern which has led the Court to find a violation of this article.”
The Commissioner welcomes the decision of the Russian authorities to publish the report of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) on its 2011 visit to the North Caucasus. He also encourages the practice of publishing all of the CPT’s reports on Russia, including the report on the CPT 2012 visit, “as this would help address any shortcoming in the treatment of detained persons.”(more...)