Mikhail Savva on legal amendments absolving prison officials from liability

posted 11 Sept 2014, 08:56 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 11 Sept 2014, 08:58 ]
9 September 2014 

Source: HRO.org (info
Professor Mikhail Savva comments on the new amendments put forward by the Justice Ministry: “In view of the lack of oversight, this amounts to giving the Federal Penitentiary Service a free hand.” 

Recently, the Government Commission on Legislative Activities approved for consideration by the Cabinet of Ministers a draft law giving employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service virtual carte blanche over those in their custody. The package of amendments has been developed by the Russian Justice Ministry, of which the Federal Penitentiary Service is a part. The draft law absolves employees of the penal system from liability for harm caused to prisoners through the use of physical force, non-lethal weapons or firearms, if such occurred on the basis of lawful grounds. [Read more]

Translated by Natascha Kearsey