MPs don’t hurry with humanization of legal norms concerning prisoners
of the Baranavichy city branch of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Anzhalika
Kambalava received an answer from the member of the lower chamber of the
Parliament, Sviatlana Pishch.
The MP expressed a formal gratitude to the activist for her active civil position and initiative (Anzhalika had addressed MPs with the request to humanize the Criminal-Executive legislation regulating the treatment of prisoners).
Sviatlana Pishch writes that she is against a rapid amendment of the Criminal-Executive legislation and thinks it is a long and continuous process. She states that the aims of penalty cannot be achieved by soft measures – it can be done only in the conditions of strict isolation and special regime.
The civil activist agrees with the MP that personal restraint, forced labor and special regime are penalties. However, Alena Kambalava is of the opinion that humiliation of human dignity of prisoners, their keeping in the cells where sanitary and hygienic norms aren’t observed, limitation of sleep, nutrition and other human needs cannot be considered as a legal means of influence on a convicted person.
“Of course, it is hard to incline MPs to start work for the humanization of the Criminal-Executive legislation by one letter or collecting several signatures, but it is necessary to start such actions in our conditions,” says Anzhalika Kambalava.