The head of the HRC had proposed to include article on torture in the criminal code

© Illustration RIA Novostiukraine the court, the penal code. Archival photoThe head of the HRC had proposed to include article on torture in the criminal code© Illustration RIA Novosti

The head of the presidential Council on human rights (HRC) Mikhail Fedotov has proposed to introduce into the criminal code a new offence — «the use of torture».

«In my opinion, we need to initiate amendments to the criminal code, the incorporation of a new article, a new composition — «torture». Because today we have in the legislation there is no article, there is no criminal liability for torture,» said Fedotov on Wednesday during speczadanie the HRC, dedicated to the protection of the rights of prisoners.

Therefore, he explained, all the current incidents, for example, the high-profile case of beating a prisoner in the Yaroslavl prison, will not be considered as torture, but as an abuse of power.

«And torture, as such, we have the Penal code does not criminalize that is contrary to the Constitution, which prohibits the use of torture,» said the Chairman of the Board.

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