Disability and Discrimination

Russian Children with Disabilities Face Double Discrimination

16 Jul , 2014  

kidholdingprisonbarsRUSSIA: CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES FACE DOUBLE DISCRIMINATION IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM he Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will consider whether Russia subjected a 12 year old boy with physical and mental disabilities to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and denied his right of access to justice. MDAC submitted its comments on international law and the rights of people with disabilities to the Court last Friday.

In January 2005, Russian police arrested the 12 year old on charges of extortion. He was detained in a cell without windows and the lights were turned off. He was told that if he signed a confession he would be immediately released but if he refused, he would be kept in custody.

Although he was too young to be tried for the offence, in February 2005 he was placed in a temporary detention centre for juvenile offenders for thirty days. The judge stated that he was detained for behaviour correction because he “has not learnt his lesson”. READ MORE