14 March 2017
ECHR awards 45,500 in damages to prisoner subjected to torture and asks for a review of the sentence
“In its ruling on the case of Mukayev v. Russia (No. 22495/08), the ECHR reiterated that the use as evidence in criminal cases of statements obtained under torture makes the trial unfair in general”, said lawyer Olga Gnezdilova. “Thanks to this ECHR judgment, Mukayev’s sentence will be reviewed and the authorities will be obliged to conduct an effective investigation into the use of torture. At the same time, Justice Initiative is handling the totally identical case of Ayub Tuntuyev, who was repeatedly beaten by the police, subjected to electric shock torture, forced to renounce his defence lawyer and forced to speak against himself. Despite the fact that the ECHR has already sent preliminary questions to the Russian government on Tuntuyev’s case, the North Caucasus District Military Court refused to reject as inadmissible the evidence obtained under torture”
7 March 2017
Court refuses to exclude evidence obtained under torture from prosecution’s case against Ayub Tuntuyev
The criminal case was opened after the European Court of Human Rights communicated Tuntuyev’s application and sent questions to the Russian government on investigating the torture used against him. The application was made by Justice Initiative and notes that Tuntuyev faces pressure, the investigators have been inactive, and it took a long time for a criminal case to be opened.
27 February 2017
Yelizaveta Aliyeva, sister of Marem Aliyeva, who disappeared in 2015, has sent an application to the ECHR. She states that Marem disappeared without trace on September 19, 2015, following an argument with her husband, Mukharbek Yevloyev, who had repeatedly beaten her. The application states that the investigation into Marem’s disappearance is not being conducted effectively and the state authorities took no measures to prevent the violence committed against her.
21 February 2017
“The ECHR’s judgment repeats its conclusions on the general ineffectiveness of criminal investigations in cases of abductions of people”, said Olga Gnezdilova, legal director at Justice Initiative. “Without any results from criminal investigations, all other possible means of legal protection remain out of reach in practice. The applicants had no possibility of recourse to effective remedy”. The ECHR awarded the Kushtov family 65,000 euros as compensation for material and moral damages.
7 February 2017
ECHR awards sentenced person 10,750 euros in damages for poor detention conditions at Prison Colony 22 in Arkhangelsk Region
“The ECHR has once again recognised that detention conditions in Russian prisons are akin to torture”, said Olga Gnezdilova, legal director at Justice Initiative. “Unfortunately, it remains the case today that imprisonment also brings physical suffering. The ECHR decision enters into force within 3 months and the applicant will receive compensation, but we hope that as well as settling the material side of the issue, the authorities will take steps to bring detention conditions into line with recognised standards”.