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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee returns to the North Caucasian region of the Russian Federation


Strasbourg, 11.05.2011 Ė A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has recently completed a ten-day ad hoc visit to the North Caucasian region of the Russian Federation. The visit, which began on 27 April 2011, was the CPTís 12th visit to this part of the Russian Federation since the year 2000.

In the course of the visit, the delegation examined the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by law enforcement agencies in the Republic of Dagestan, the Chechen Republic and the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. In this context, the carrying out of investigations vis-ŗ-vis allegations or information indicative of ill-treatment of detained persons by law enforcement officials was discussed with the relevant authorities in the region. The delegation also reviewed conditions of detention in the main pre-trial establishments (SIZOs) in each of the three Republics.

The delegation visited the following places of deprivation of liberty:

Republic of Dagestan

- Khasavyurt City Internal Affairs Division and IVS (temporary detention facility)
- Kizilyurt City Internal affairs Division and IVS
- IVS of the Department of Internal Affairs of the City of Makhachkala
- Makhachkala Internal Affairs Division for Transport
- Centre for Combating Extremism of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Dagestan, Makhachkala
- Directorate of the Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) for the Republic of Dagestan, Makhachkala
- SIZO No. 1, Makhachkala

Chechen Republic

- IVS of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Chechen Republic, Grozny
- IVS of the Temporary Operational task force of Agencies and Units (VOGOiP) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, located on the premises of the Operational/Search Bureau (ORB-2) of the Main Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs responsible for the North Caucasian Federal Region, Grozny
- Leninskyi District Division of Internal Affairs and IVS, Grozny
- Zavodskoy District Division of Internal Affairs and IVS, Grozny
- SIZO No. 1, Grozny

Republic of North Ossetia-Alania

- Prigorodnyi District Division of Internal Affairs and IVS, Oktyabrskoye
- IVS of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Vladikavkaz
- Department of Internal Affairs for the City of Vladikavkaz
- District Division of Internal Affairs No. 2, Vladikavkaz
- SIZO No. 1, Vladikavkaz
- Federal SIZO No. 6, Vladikavkaz.

Further, in the context of allegations of the unlawful detention of persons, the delegation visited the Headquarters of the Special Purpose Police Unit (OMON) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Chechen Republic, located in Grozny at 227, Bohdan Khmelnytsky Street.

During the visit, the CPT's delegation held discussions with the Head of the Republic of Dagestan, Magomedsalam MAGOMEDOV. Further, the delegation met the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Dagestan, Abdurashid MAGOMEDOV, and the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Chechen Republic, Ruslan ALKHANOV, as well as the Acting Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Kazbek BEKMURZOV. The delegation also had the opportunity to meet the leadership of the Prosecution Service, Investigative Committee and Directorate of the Federal Service for the Execution of Punishments (FSIN) in each of the three Republics, and met doctors from the Bureaux of Forensic Medicine in the Republic of Dagestan and the Chechen Republic.

The delegation also met representatives of various non-governmental organisations active in areas of interest to the CPT.

The issues examined by the CPTís delegation during the visit are the subject of an ongoing dialogue with the federal authorities of Russia. At a meeting in Moscow on 6 May 2011 with the Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, Alexander SMIRNOV, the CPTís delegation provided its preliminary observations as regards conditions of detention in the SIZOs visited. The delegation also met the Chairman of the Council of the President of the Russian Federation on Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, Mikhail FEDOTOV. High-level talks will be organised shortly to discuss the delegationís findings as regards law enforcement agencies and investigations into possible ill-treatment.

The visit was carried out by the following members of the Committee:

- Lətif H‹SEYNOV, Head of delegation, President of the CPT (Azerbaijani)
- Marija DEFINIS-GOJANOVIĆ (Croatian)
- Mykola GNATOVSKYY (Ukrainian)
- Mauro PALMA (Italian)
- Jean-Pierre RESTELLINI (Swiss).

They were supported by Trevor STEVENS (Executive Secretary) and Borys W“DZ (Head of Division) of the CPT's Secretariat.



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