Bill on compensations for poor detention conditions reaches State Duma
MOSCOW, May 17 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Cabinet of Ministers has submitted a bill stipulating a national mechanism of compensations for inadequate conditions in detention facilities to the State Duma, the government’s statement reads.
The bill would fix the right of detainees and inmates to receive compensations for infringement of jail conditions from the federal budget pursuant to a court order issued in administrative proceedings.
The compensation is to be paid immediately after the relevant court ruling is delivered and regardless of the guilt of federal executive authorities, penitentiary institutions and their authorized officials, the legislative proposal reads.
In December, Deputy Justice Minister and Russia’s representative at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Mikhail Galperin said during the Federation Council’s meeting about the government’s intent to introduce such a draft law.
According to Galperin, poor detention conditions include among others breaking of norms of cells’ space and lighting regulations. These issues are usually mentioned in the hundreds of complaints filed with the UN Committee against torture and ECHR, he stated.
The Deputy Justice Minister believes that the compensation mechanism and more human conditions will get the solution of several pressing questions connected with human rights protection in Russia on the national level.