Yanukovych plans to initiate amendments to law on fight against torture
He said that the issue concerns amendments to the law on the human rights commissioner, which will envisage a new mechanism for monitoring the so-called places of captivity.
"This is a new term, which has been practically not used before," Portnov said.
"We talked about penal institutions, meaning pre-trial detention centers and colonies. Today, many places could be classified as places of captivity, in which people cannot independently make decisions on their movement," he added.
He said that the issue also concerns orphanages, boarding schools, mental health clinics for the elderly, disciplinary and penal battalions, and facilities for the detention of illegal migrants, that is, institutions that are subordinate not only to Interior Ministry agencies or the penitentiary service, but also to other agencies (the Social Policy Ministry and the Health Ministry).
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