A group of human rights supporters based in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan have raised concerns over possible human rights violations being suffered by prisoners in a secure facility in the city of Makhachkala.
The Dagestani group has this week reported on the prison facility known as Special Unit “G” in which it is suspected multiple human rights violations have occurred. The facility, part of Makhachkala’s SIZO-1 pre-trial prison, is reported to have denied and hindered access to prisoners as well as denying them some basic rights.
Difficulties investigating the secretive facility have been faced after SIZO-1’s recent reconstruction. Repairs and improvements on the building have made monitoring prison conditions difficult for human rights advocates.
The Caucasian Knot last month reported that lawyers defending a prisoner held at the facility had been denied access to the individual and that multiple people had raised suspicions that human rights were been advocated within the prison.