HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP TO INSPECT CONDITIONS IN MENTAL HOSPITALS

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HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP TO INSPECT CONDITIONS IN MENTAL HOSPITALS

Izvestia, April 30, 2003, p. 7 EV

The Christians against Torture and Child Slavery organization in Rostov has begun work on a project aimed at protecting the rights of patients in mental hospitals. The project was launched at the initiative of the European Commission of the Council of Europe and will be carried out in all regions of Russia.

Stanislav Velikoredchanin, head of the Rostov branch of Christians against Torture and Child Slavery: “We have already determined two mental hospitals in the Rostov region where polls will be done and observation forms will be filled in. We intend to find out what such clinics lack in terms of ensuring normal conditions for treatment. A report will be prepared on the basis of the results, and sent to the European Commission and the Healthcare Ministry.”

RUSHAILO COMPILING LIST NO. 1

Nezavisimaya Gazeta, April 30, 2003, EV

A meeting of Security Council members and representatives of other ministries and departments concerned was held yesterday, chaired by Security Council Secretary Vladimir Rushailo. The single item on the agenda: finalizing approaches to compiling the list of strategically significant enterprises and joint-stock companies manufacturing products necessary not only for the state’s defense capabilities and security, but also “to protect the morals, health and legal interests of Russian citizens.”

The Security Council wasn’t making any specific lists; it only specified methods for determining the strategic significance, role and place of any particular enterprise in the life of the state and society.

In other words, the Security Council was considering and forming conceptual approaches and criteria. The meeting was dedicated to developing proposals for compiling a single list of enterprises which are strategically significant for the state. The Cabinet soon compile a specific list on the basis of the Security Council’s criteria, which will subsequently be approved by the president.

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