RIAN: Council of Europe scolds Russia over torture prevention report
- RIAN: Council of Europe scolds Russia over torture prevention report
17:27 | 03/ 03/ 2006
MOSCOW, March 3 (RIA Novosti) - A senior official from one of
Europe's leading human rights organizations demanded Friday that
Russia release a report on prevention of torture in the country.
Terry Davis, the secretary-general of the Council of Europe, told
Russian Justice Minister Yury Chaika that no other state had taken
so long to issue a report on torture.
In response, Chaika said the ministry was coordinating the
cooperation of all law-enforcement branches in Russia with the
Council of Europe to prevent torture at penitentiary institutions.
"We published the part of the report covering Russia's penitentiary
system two years ago, and you were among the first to receive it,"
Chaika said. "We do not have anything to hide."
The Russian minister said Davis could visit any prison in Russia
including a pre-trial detention center run by the Federal Security
Service, the country's main domestic security agency, which had
recently come under the ministry's jurisdiction.
Chaika said that the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner,
Alvaro Gil-Robles, had visited virtually every prison in Russia,
including Chernokozovo prison in Chechnya, which has been targeted
by human rights activists over allegations of torture.