High Commissioner met with young lawyers in Moscow

21 July 2017

On July 21, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova met with representatives of the Young Lawyers' Council of Moscow.

In her introductory speech Tatiana Moskalkova told the story of the establishment of the ombudsman’s institution in the Russian Federation. The High Commissioner mentioned that 115 countries of the world have a post of State human rights defender, including all the republics of the former USSR.

"The High Commissioner is not a profession or a post. This is the mission you are performing — the protection of people," Tatiana Moskalkova said.

Having told of the main functions of the federal ombudsman, Tatiana Moskalkova commented the current problems of the human rights community.

In particular, the High Commissioner intends to propose the State Duma to legislatively oblige the court to release seriously ill and disabled people from the serving of punishment and cited the case of the disabled person, Anton Mamaev, who was sentenced to four years in prison for organizing a robbery.

"Once justice is done, and a person can not be in prison, he must stay at home," Tatiana Moskalkova said.

The High Commissioner also stated that a number of activities are carried out within the legal education program to provide legal assistance and consulting to citizens. However, there is no single standard for human rights education in Russia.

"We have put this problem before the Chairman of the Government, an All-Russian national human rights program will be developed, and we will provide education within the framework of this standard," Tatiana Moskalkova said.

One of the functions of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is international cooperation.

Tatiana Moskalkova said that she had "a little hope" for a positive response in connection with the appeal to the US President Donald Trump with a request for pardon of the Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, but, if necessary, she would appeal to the US president again and raise this issue at the UN.

Young lawyers had the opportunity to ask High Commissioner any questions they were interested in. During the dialogue, the parties discussed such aspects of advocacy as the detention of the accused, full confession, censorship in the course of the appeal to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, medical assistance, protection of labor rights.

"Advocacy is the most important institution of a strong civil society. Lawyers are subject to the increased requirements of morality, traditions and international standards," Tatiana Moskalkova noted.

According to the High Commissioner, the tasks of the human rights institution and lawyers are similar in many ways, and the popularity of jurisprudence is growing every year.

We recall that the Young Lawyers' Council was established at the Moscow Chamber of Advocates as a permanent public body formed of professionals who have not reached the age of 40.

The main purpose of the association is to contribute to the development of training and educational projects for assistants and interns of lawyers, to organize and conduct scientific and practical conferences and seminars, to support youth initiatives and to preserve and develop the traditions of legal profession.

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