The Presidium of the Council under RF President on development of civil society and human rights appeal to the Public chamber with the request to stop the vote on candidates in members of public monitoring commissions (PMC) for monitoring the observance of citizens ‘ rights in places of deprivation of liberty. The HRC, the Commission believes that the process of formation of the PMC in 43 regions of Russia comes to violations stated on the website of the HRC.

“Commission (HRC) notes that the formation of commissions comes with numerous violations, the nature and extent of which are so significant that there is a real danger that the newly formed Commission will be unable to realize the main goal – to exercise public control over observance of citizens’ rights in places of detention,” – said TASS co-Chairman of the Presidium of the HRC, head of the Commission the HRC to promote the PMC Andrei Babushkin.

In particular, the HRC considers that in the numerical composition of the commissions, voted on by the Board OP of the Russian Federation, are not taken into account neither population nor distance of places of detention from the place of residence of the members of the PMC nor the number of places of detention. “So in the Perm region, occupying the third place on the prison population, the number of the PMC installed in 18 people,” – noted in the press release of the HRC.

According to”Nezavisimaya Gazeta”, only moved less than 800 people out of 3.2 thousand possible. The final list of candidates in the PMC will be known on 1 November.

When selecting OP promised to consider the recommendations of the regional chambers, and not get them many well-known activists, said, “Nezavisimaya Gazeta”. In the Rostov region rejected the two known members of the current composition of the PMC Yuri Blokhin and Artem Pupkova. According to them, the reasons for the refusal they are not even explained. Recommendations not received, and eight participants from the Nizhny Novgorod region, which has long been cooperating with the Committee against torture.

In the PMC can be elected no more than three times in a row, because of this, activists becomes less. “Human rights is becoming less. In the first convocation there were a lot of defenders, but they now can’t run for office, they have exhausted the investment limit. I Love Volkova moved from the PMC in Moscow in the Moscow region is close. And if the person in Krasnoyarsk? He can’t go to Irkutsk or Novosibirsk,” – said Valery Borshchev, the author of the law “On public control”.

Government have not resolved the question of the minimum funding the work of the commissions, said, “Nezavisimaya Gazeta”. Your budget, no commissions, and authorities refused to even compensate them for personal expenses, e.g. for travel.

In addition, the decision of the HRC refers to the violation of the agreements between the HRC and the Public chamber for formation of the PMC, reports TASS. In particular, the Commission argues that “contrary to the agreements subdivision of the Russian Federation with members of the HRC that the reception of documents will be organized by the counselling of the candidates in terms of deficiencies in the submitted documents, more than one hundred candidates, the documents were accepted without comments, and complaints and deficiencies in the documents was revealed only at the stage of transfer of the questionnaire to the members of the Board of the chamber for voting”.

In this regard, the Commission, the HRC proposes to suspend the vote of the Board OP of the Russian Federation candidates for the members of the PMC, returning the process to the stage of discussion of questionnaires, to gather a working group of public chamber on the formation of the PMC with the invitation of members of the Presidium of the HRC and its chair, and the vote, which should be completed by 20 October, to postpone for a week.

On October 17 it became known that among the candidates for the PMC are just two notable names. So from “Russian Association of legal journalism” was involved in the “Magnitsky list”, the former head of N2 detention center “Butyrka” prison and N3 the prison Dmitry br. Earlier the prisoners had repeatedly complained of beatings by Canova, who led the “Butyrka”, where he spent the last years of his life, Sergei Magnitsky.

From the inter-regional public organization “Society for the promotion of law enforcement, security and fire-prevention activities” in the capital of the PMC also is a candidate Andrew Stebenev, ex-defender Svetlana Davydova, deprived of the lawyer status because he refused to appeal her arrest and called the charges against her are “unfounded”.

In accordance with Federal law, members of the public monitoring commissions carry out control over observance of human rights in places of detention. The PMC generates the Public chamber of the Russian Federation. The process of formation of the PMC should be completed in 43 regions of the Russian Federation before 1 November 2016.

The HRC will ask the Public chamber to suspend the vote on the formation of the PMC 20.10.2016

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