MOSCOW, August 2 (RAPSI) – An appeal of Russia’s Presidential Human Rights Council in support of Bogdana Osipova, sentenced in the U.S. to 7 years in prison for the so-called kidnapping of her own children, has been submitted to the UN Special Procedures, according to the body’s press service.
Earlier, Chair of Russia’s Presidential Council for Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov asked United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to draw attention at detention and health conditions of Osipova se.
According to Fedotov, the woman’s relatives complained against numerous violations of her rights in jail including prison tortures and forced medical measures without her consent and medical prescription that led to serious health deterioration of Osipova.
Fedotov also expressed his hope that the woman’s expected appeal would be fairly considered by court without violation of her rights and rights of her minor children, according to the document signed by the advisory body’s head.
Osipova left America with her children in 2014 explaining this action by violence from ex-husband Brian Mobley, a U.S. citizen. Then the court passed the custody of children to Mobley. She returned to the United States in 2017 to file a request for the custody of her daughters but was arrested and then detained on charges of abduction of her children.
In early June, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas sentenced her to 7 years behind bars, ordered that she be placed under the U.S. authorities’ supervision after release for 3 years and therefore prohibited her from leaving the country during this period. The court also obliged her to make efforts necessary to the children’s return to America.
According to Fedotov, Osipova left the United States with her children because of repeated violence from her husband. In Russia she broke up their marriage; a Russian court ruled to leave children with their mother. Concurrently, Mobley triggered divorce proceedings in the U.S. An American court also declared the marriage invalid but gave a right to custody of children to the father.
Osipova was arrested when she returned to the U.S. to settle child custody issues including payment of alimony by her ex-husband, the Russian ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova told journalists earlier.
The Presidential Council for Human Rights also backed the position of Moskalkova, who said that the court by its judgment really left minors without their mother contrary to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).