Human rights defenders say torture widespread in Russia

posted 18 Nov 2013, 09:47 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 18 Nov 2013, 09:48 ]
15 November 2013

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A report by the French Association of Christians for the Abolition of Torture, in collaboration with the Committee against Torture and the Public Verdict Foundation states that the systematic use of torture in Russia is a normal and routine phenomenon.

According to the report, the most common instances of torture are found in the treatment by police officers of people who have been arrested or suspected of a crime. In using torture, they attempt to quickly obtain the information needed to investigate of a case, the solving of which would have a positive impact on statistics.

The report's authors argue that in prison colonies the administration uses violence against inmates in the form of arbitrary disciplinary action or "punitive procedures." In addition, cellmates are often forced to pressure or act violently towards the victim.

As noted by, a special focus of the report is on the problem of torture in Chechnya, where, according to human rights activists, it seems that "laws do not work in principle." It is indicated that in the Chechen Republic those who suffer from torture are mainly young people suspected of supporting the militants.

From their own research, the human rights activists have concluded that the current practice of torture is the result of defective legislation and ineffective law enforcement.

Translated by Samuel Hancock