Migration and Human Rights
Title Russian PMC Pre Project
Project area Russian Federation
Budget EUR 650 000
Funding Voluntary contributions:

Germany, Russian Federation, Denmark

Council of Europe Human Rights Trust Fund

Council of Europe ordinary budget

Implementation The National Human Rights Structures, Prisons and Police Division of the Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building Department (LHRCB)
Duration 1/05/2011 – 31/12/2011

Overall objective:
To explore the feasibility of, and prepare, a multi-annual full scale co-operation project to support the Russian Public Monitoring Committees (PMCs) by bulding their capacity for carrying out preventive visits to places of deprivation of liberty in the Russian Federation

Project background and description:

    In response to an initiative put forward by Russian Public Monitoring Committee (PMC) members and supported by the Human Rights Ombudsman of the Russian Federation, as well as by the Presidential Council for the Promotion of Civil Society and Human Rights Institutions, the Council of Europe in close co-operation with the Russian Human Rights Ombudsman has developed a Pre Project in support of PMC monitoring of places of deprivation of liberty in the Russian Federation. The PMCs were created recently for this task, following the necessary change in Russian legislation in 2008. Their needs and present capacities will be mapped by the Pre Project, while the actual support through training, transfer of know-how and exchange of best practices is envisaged to follow at the next stage, by means of a full scale project.

    The Pre Project foresees the direct consultation of all the existing PMCs of the Federation (there are presently 77 of them) as well as of various other stakeholders.

    The necessary expertise on substance will be drawn from the European National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) Project which the NHRS Unit of the Council of Europe is presently running through a network of 23 NPMs operating in as many Council of Europe member States.

    The Pre Project was officially launched at a joint meeting of its Working Group and Supervisory Board, which took place in Moscow 13 May 2011. The first needs assessment conferences to determine how the capacities of the PMCs could be strengthened were held in Perm 28-29 July 2011 and in Barnaoul (11-12 August 2011). Two similar conferences will be held in the Moscow Region (6-7 September 2011) and Pyatigorsk (5-6 October 2011)..

    The Working Group comprises one Regional PMC Co-ordinator from each of the eight Russian regions, as well as one member each from the Moscow Center for Prison Reform, the Moscow Helsinki Committee and the Russian Psychiatrists’ Association.

    The Working Group comprises one Regional PMC Co-ordinator from each of the eight Russian regions, as well as one member each from the Moscow Center for Prison Reform, the Moscow Helsinki Committee and the Russian Psychiatrists’ Association. The Supervisory Board members are the Human Rights Ombudsman of the Russian Federation (as chairman) and his Special Adviser, the Council of Europe Project Supervisor, one representative each of the Civic Chamber, the Presidential Commission on Human Rights, the Russian Institute of Human Rights as well as the Co-ordinator of the Russian regional ombudsmen. The implementation of the Pre Project is ensured jointly by staff from the office of the Human Rights Commissioner of the Russian Federation and from the Council of Europe’s NHRS Unit, which bears the overall responsibility for the implementation of the Pre Project. The Moscow Center for Prison Reform will be the Executive Partner of the Pre Project.

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