The HRC supported the project to ban the defendants put in cages and «aquarium»

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Wolfparade in photobackgrounds in the courtroom. Archival photoThe HRC supported the project to ban the defendants put in cages and «aquarium»© RIA Novosti / Alexander Wolfparade the image Bank

The Council under RF President on development of civil society and human rights (HRC) supported the bill to ban the placing of suspects, accused or defendants in the protective cabin in the courtroom, and also use other structures that prevent their contact with legal counsel, reported on the website of the HRC.

Senator Andrey Klishas, Alexei Alexandrov and several others in the state Duma introduced a bill prohibiting installation of cages for defendants in the courtroom. As reported by RIA Novosti Klishas, the bill is aimed at the humanization of the relationship to the defendants, suspects and accused persons in the trial.

«In the opinion of the Council, held in the cabins of de jure innocent citizens cause for concern in terms of protection of their rights and freedoms enshrined in national legislation and in international legal acts, primarily in the Council of Europe Convention on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and therefore the Council supports the introduction of relevant changes», — stated in the message.

It is also noted that the maintenance of defendants in cages and «aquarium» – transparent protective cabins — prevents confidential legal advice of the defendant with a lawyer, and also violates the principle of presumption of innocence.

In addition, the report says that the person in respect of whom a conviction has not entered into legal force, not with his lawyer, but in a cage or in a booth of bulletproof glass rise from the first «feelings of helplessness and worthlessness associated with the violation of his right not to be subjected to degrading treatment».

In connection with these facts the HRC recommends that the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation to accept the bill, the report said.