The European Committee against torture has condemned Russia for what is happening in Chechnya

On Monday, 11 March, the European Committee for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (CPT) published a report in which Russia in particular accused on the territory of Chechnya torture became “common phenomenon”. The document was made public in Strasbourg.

“The use of torture and other ill-treatment by law enforcement officers in the Chechen Republic remains widespread,” — said in the report of the European Committee against torture, which is in the structure of the Council of Europe.

AFP said that the report prepared on the basis of inspection visits of the CPT in the detention facilities of the Chechen Republic in 2009, 2011 and 2017 years, referred to such “methods of influence” on prisoners as asphyxia, burning, genital mutilation, beating, torture with electric current.

Used mainly in the first days of detention to obtain confession, information or as punishment, “the abuse is often so severe that constitute torture,” said CPT.

Agence France-Presse recalls that the European Committee for the prevention of torture already carried warnings to Russia about this in 2001, 2003 and 2007.

“Of serious concern is the fact that, despite the Committee’s efforts over the past twenty years, the torture of detainees in the Chechen Republic remain deeply rooted problem,” said mark Kelly, Vice-President of the CPT.

The Committee called on the Russian authorities to send the “highest political level” “firm message of zero tolerance” of torture and other ill-treatment in Chechnya and other regions of Russia.

Recall, 20 December 2018 at the meeting of the OSCE permanent Council in Vienna, presented a report on the observance of human rights in the Chechen Republic. The research experts of the OSCE confirmed the fact of illegal detention and torture of detainees.

The report stated that Chechnya “is perceived as an exception, where the regime of impunity is allowed for the sake of stability.” This OSCE experts explain the fact that, according to them, the Russian Federal law enforcement agencies do not investigate crimes committed in Chechnya.
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