UN says Russia must end jail torture, prosecute guards Aug 11, 2018 0 328 12345 REUTERSGENEVARUSSIA must halt torture of detainees and prosecute the perpetrators, including prison guards caught on video beating an inmate, United Nations human rights investigators said on Friday.The UN Committee against Torture, in a rare move, told Russian authorities to report back in a year on progress in holding to account guards who beat Yevgeny Makarov with truncheons and their superiors who suppressed the year-old tape, which provoked a public outcry.Despite"numerous reliable"reports of torture, they rarely lead to prosecutions, or those responsible are charged with simple abuse of authority rather than a crime, said panel member Claude Heller."The strengthening of the rule of law would be in a certain sense our main recommendation,"Heller told a news briefing.Jens Modvig, panel chairman, said:"One could get the impression that the prison system in Russia is almost a state in the state and is not really being scrutinised from the outside. The prison system should be better monitored with a view to preventing the episodes that we see repeatedly."The Novaya Gazeta newspaper published the notorious 10-minute video clip last month and said the incident took place in June 2017 in a prison in the city of Yaroslavl, northeast of Moscow. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Australians 'troll' MPs for free Queen portraits Aug 11, 2018 0 57 Philippines to review casino project after Duterte's order Aug 11, 2018 0 43 Oppn's legal challenge delays Mnangagwa's inauguration Aug 11, 2018 0 40 Undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia urged to go home PhilStar/Agencies MANILA Undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia are encouraged to take advantage of the Malaysian government's voluntary deportation programme before the month ends. An estimated 400,000 .. Philippine Navy to make historic first port call to Russia MANILA The Philippine Navy will soon make its historic first port call to Russia, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed. "We're just reciprocating their gestures. They visited us twice," he told reporters .. 13 burnt to death after bus-digger collision in Nigeria LAGOS Thirteen people burnt to death when a bus burst into flames after a head-on collision with a digger near Nigeria's oil hub of Port Harcourt, police said on Friday. "A pail loader (digger) skidded off the road and .. 10 killed in botched bank heists in Nigeria LAGOS Armed robbers killed at least 10 people, including a policeman, when they raided a police station and two banks in southern Nigeria, police said on Friday. The incident, which took place on Thursday in Igarra in Edo .. Probe after Tokyo medical school excludes women TOKYO Japan on Friday launched an unprecedented probe into gender discrimination at all the nation's medical universities after a Tokyo medical school admitted to altering the entrance test results of female .. 10 dead in east Congo Ebola flare-up BENI Ten people have died in an outbreak of Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a toll issued Friday that said 27 other deaths were suspected to be Ebola-related. Forty-four confirmed and probable .. Kenyan parliament rejects call to probe ministers over sugar imports NAIROBI Kenyan lawmakers have rejected a report by two parliamentary committees that recommended the finance minister and a cabinet colleague be investigated over their handling of sugar imports, local newspapers .. Death toll from Indonesia quake climbs over 320 REUTERS PEMANANG, Indonesia THE death toll from a huge 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia's Lombok island has climbed to more than 320, officials said on Friday, even as relief efforts picked up pace.| The ..