On February 17-18, 2014 in Yekaterinburg panel discussion » The mechanism of preventing and fighting with tortures : regional practices» were held, it was organized by non-profit partnership » Legal basis » as a part of project » No Tortures!».
Human rights defenders, members of Public Monitoing Committee, lawyers and attorneys from different regions of Russia participated in there. In particular, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sverdlovsk region, Chelyabinsk region, Perm, Tyumen region, Rostov region, Murmansk region, Udmurtia, Mordovia, Nizhny Novgorod region, the Republic of Bashkortostan, Kurgan region, Amur region, Tomsk region, Orel region, Irkutsk region, Krasnoyarsk region, Khanty- Mansi Autonomous Okrug have representatives. Totally: 19 subjects of the Russian Federation.
In advance Sverdlovsk region Prosecutor’s Office, the Investigative Committee of the Sverdlovsk region, Federal Service for Execution of punishment were invited to take the part. However, only representative of the Investigative Committee Alexey Anatilievich Parfenov was there.
Well …. Apparently,neither Federal Service for Execution of punishment of Sverdlovsk region, nor the Sverdlovsk regional prosecutor’s office are interested in torture issue places of detention. Maybe these authorities believe that we there are no tortures?
First Ombudsman of the Sverdlovsk region Tatyana Georgievna Merzliakova delivered her speech. She told participants about long-term work, which conducts Ombudsman of Sverdlovsk region in the area of preventing and combating torture . In particular, Tatyana Georgievna complained that the mechanism of proof of tortures are extremely vulnerable. Torture is extremely difficult to prove, so the relevant criminal proceedings are instituted very rare.
The next speaker was Director of the Institute of Human Rights Valentin Mikhailovich Gefter (Moscow ) — he spoke about his vision of public monitoring committees, shared his views on the principles and criteria of the members of the Committe. He covered ethical issues of members work in particular, such an important and sensitive issue as a question of funding. Directly from the text of the Federal Law № 76 «On public control … » Valentin tried to explain the participants, most of whom were members of the Committee number of key points of the Law.
Next representatives of other regions of Russia delivered speech, including several human rights activists, members of the Committee, lawyers, heads of public organizations) of Sverdlovsk region.
Prior to the event, all participants were provided with information materials for public control.
Participants of the panel discussion whom we could to talk generally expressed satisfaction with past event, noted for its high level of organization.
Human rights defenders of the Urals.