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Rights Group of the Week: Territory of Torture

posted 28 Dec 2016, 03:31 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 28 Dec 2016, 03:43 ]
Territory of Torture is a group of activists who run a website of the same name, working to uncover and publicize instances of torture in particular at Prison Colony No. 7 in Segezha, Karelia (and also more widely), to bring the perpetrators to justice, and to raise funds to pay for legal representation for the victims of torture. The inspiration for the group's creation has been the imprisonment of Ildar Dadin at Prison Colony No. 7 and his subjection to torture and other forms of inhuman and degrading treatment. The most prominent activist in the group is the journalist and human rights defender Anastasia Zotova, who is the wife of Ildar Dadin. The group works in association with four partner NGOs, namely Za prava cheloveka, Fond v zashchitu zakliuchennykh, Sota.vision and OVD-Info. The group also runs two projects: a campaign to repeal Article 212.1 of the Russian Criminal Code that criminalizes repeated violations of the Russia's draconian laws on public assembly, and restricts the right to free expression, and a campaign to free Ildar Dadin. The group can also be read on Facebook and Telegram.

Recently, an article by Anastasia Zotova published in English by OpenDemocracy reported on allegations of torture in other prison colonys in the Republic of Karelia: 'The deeper you go into the woods, the darker it gets. My colleagues and I at Territory of Torture have received more complaints from Karelia’s IK-1 prison colony. These complaints concern not only beatings and humiliation, but even (excuse the expression) “a stick up the arse” — anal rape with a baton or other instruments. Over a dozen current prisoners from IK-1 and around the same number of former prisoners have spoken of their experiences of torture at this prison colony. [...]'

Territory of Torture, Website
Anastasiya Zotova, 'This is Karelia: tortured voices from Russia’s prison system,' Open Democracy, 23 December 2016
Free Ildar Dadin!, Facebook 
Against Torture in Segezha, Telegram