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Russian NGOs Report to UN Committee Against Torture

9 November 2012 


Source: HRO.org (info
On 8 November, Russian human rights defenders presented their Alternative Report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) in Geneva on the situation concerning torture in Russia and the steps taken by the Russian Federation to prevent it. The text is now available on the Memorial website at http://www.memo.ru/d/135143.html.

The Alternative Report was prepared jointly by Public Verdict foundation (which coordinated the work), Civic Assistance Committee, Memorial Human Rights Centre, Solders’ Mothers St. Petersburg, Independent Psychiatric Association of Russia, Inter-Regional Committee Against Torture, Human Rights Institute, the regional office of Penal Reform International, Youth Human Rights Movement, Human Rights Defence Committee (Krasnoyarsk), Centre for Civic Education and Human Rights, Legal Initative on Russia (Utrecht, the Netherlands), and Legal Assistance – Astraea.

The report is called “Alternative” because it supplements the official report provided by the Russian Federation (Russia’s fifth periodic report was submitted to the UN Committee in December 2010). Official reports by the Russian Federation are based on presentations of current legislation and statistical data. Meanwhile the official reports lack sufficient information about the actual implementation of the laws, issues that arise in practice, and analysis of the causes of torture. The Alternative report fills in these gaps.

On 12 November, following the Committee’s consultations with NGOs and review of the report by the Russian Federation, the Committee will adopt concluding remarks indicating positive changes in the situation with torture in Russia, noting existing problems in this area, and providing a list of recommendations.

Since some of these recommendations will be assigned priority status, in a year Russia will have to prepare a report on their implementation.

Text of the Alternative Report 
In Russian (pdf, 890 Кб)
In English (pdf, 1300 Кб)

This is a slightly adapted version of a translation published earlier by Memorial.
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