On August 6th 2014 members of Public Monitoring Committee — Larisa Zakharova and Olga Dianova launched a hunger strike protesting against tortures, beatings and deaths of convicts in the penal colony № 63.
Demand of protesters is to dismiss authorities of the penal colony № 63 of Ivdel where on 02.08.2014 again convict T. was beaten cruelly. He is in hospital with diagnosis: closed craniocerebral injury. On 05.08.2014 members of Public Monitoring Committee — Larisa Zakharova and Olga Dianova were not allowed to inspect the colony.
Half an hour later showed up a car with policemen who wanted to know the reasons of strike and demands. They put down all details about members, took cope of demand and left. Policemen worked within the law.
Colleagues from Committee are arriving as well as attorneys.
Everybody is worried, but I agreed that tortures of human in the penal colony № 63 are beyond the limit. Nobody knows how to stop these people who torture other people. Monitoring bodies don’t do anything and Prison Agency has recently awarded deputy of chief of the penal colony № 63- Evgeniy Ostrovskyi with a medal «For diligence in office» Degree I.
Representative of Ombudsman — Alexander Borodulin came over to protesters and promised to help out. Russian Ombudsman — Ella Aleksandrovna Pamfilova is worried about human rights defenders.
Member of Public Monitoring Committee — Vyacheslav Bashkov brought folding beds there. Thanks.
The first understanding people began to come up to protesters. They got blankets, medical supplies.
Only toward the evening local Ombudsman — Tatyana Merzlyakova appeared with her assistants. They listened protesters and left.
The night was cold but not dangerous because police was controlling situation.
The next morning. Hunger strike is going on.
Throughout the day Olga Dianova and Larisa Zakharova felt well, sun was hot and they had to hide under the umbrellas.
In late afternoon friends and colleagues brought sleeping-bags, mattresses, water and blankets.
Also General S. Khudorozhkov invited to his office protesters. The result stayed in there and Olga and Larisa kept their protest against systematic tortures and beatings in the penal colony № 63 of Ivdel.
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