Published: 1 Dec 2011 | By Prof. Bill Bowring

Prisoners’ voting rights: UN Human Rights Committee asks Russia to amend its Constitution


In response to a complaint filed by two Russian prisoners, the UN Human Rights Committee has issued a request to Russia to alter its Constitution. Current legislation depriving anyone sentenced to a term of imprisonment of the right to vote has been deemed to contravene Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which provides that every citizen shall have the right and opportunity, without unreasonable restrictions, to vote.

In this article, Professor Bill Bowring discusses the origins of the complaint and the grounds for the UN Human Rights Committee’s conclusion. A link to the full article can be found below.