High Commissioner addressed State Duma Committee

18 April 2017

On April 18, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova spoke at a meeting of the State Duma Committee on State-Building and Legislation, chaired by Pavel Krasheninnikov, where she summarized her work during 2016.

"Of course, the year was not easy. All of you passed through the rough waters of the legislative elections to the State Duma of the 7th convocation. In 2016, numerous public protests took place, sanctions remained in effect, the rights of our Paralympians were violated," said Tatiana Moskalkova addressing the Committee members.

In 2016, the High Commissioner received more than forty-two thousand applications, which is one and a half times more than in 2015. The rights of hundreds of applicants and collectives of citizens were restored. More than three thousand citizens were received by Tatiana Moskalkova and the staff of the High Commissioner Office, 159 of them — personally by the High Commissioner.

"As a result of the visit to the Republic of Crimea in May 2016, more than 100 citizens appealed, a number of systemic problems of the «Ukrainian heritage" were revealed. As a result of appeals to the President of the Russian Federation, under his instructions the issues of a new detention center construction and payments to family members of dead servicemen were resolved," Tatiana Moskalkova told the deputies.

Speaking about productive collaboration with the deputy corps, the High Commissioner noted that, compared to 2015, the number of complaints from deputies increased and amounted to 188 appeals. All the appropriate measures were taken within the competence granted to the High Commissioner.

"I would like to separately mention the effective work with the deputy corps on restoration of the violated human rights," said Tatiana Moskalkova.

"I hope for the development of further cooperation and interaction with the committees of the State Duma at all levels. With your support, the Federal Ombudsman’s Office will continue to work," added the High Commissioner.

In conclusion, Tatiana Moskalkova stressed that she received hundreds of appeals with a request to speed up the adoption of the draft law on credit for time in custody for persons pending the entry of judgment into legal force, depending on the type of correctional institution. Its relevance has become even more acute.

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