High Commissioner spoke at the meeting of the State Duma Committee on development of civil society

20 April 2017

Tatiana Moskalkova, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, spoke at a meeting of the State Duma Committee on the development of civil society and the issues of public and religious associations chaired by Sergey Gavrilov.

"Interaction with parliamentarians is very important for the High Commissioner Institution deprived of the right to legislate. There is an ongoing cooperation between us all the year round," Tatiana Moskalkova addressed the Committee members. "Our collaborative work has yielded positive results. About 200 deputy appeals were received by the High Commissioner in 2016 and we managed to achieve positive decisions regarding a number of them". 

Speaking on the work on citizens' appeals, the High Commissioner noted that both the parliamentarians and the Federal Ombudsman receive those people who did not manage to protect their rights in other instances. And in this regard, the system of regional commissioners acquires special significance.

Now we do not have a human rights state strategy (nationwide), but the results of the all-Russian poll initiated by the High Commissioner indicate the severity of social problems. In addition, a huge number of appeals are associated with violation of rights in the criminal process.

Tatiana Moskalkova appealed to the parliamentarians with a request to support the correctional system humanization.

"In particular, our important overall work is to improve the mechanisms of public control over the places of detention. On April 7, 2017, you unanimously passed in its first reading a bill on establishing the additional candidates’ nomination procedure for Public monitoring commissions (PMC). It was drafted taking into account the proposals of the High Commissioner, the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, the President of Russia’s Council on Civil Society and Human Rights, as well as nonprofit corporations’ representatives. Thank you for granting me the right to initiate recruiting to the PMC".

"It is worth to complete the work on a governmental bill to improve the public monitoring of human rights observance in places of detention, which was introduced as early as 2015," the High Commissioner emphasized. According to the High Commissioner, it is also important of provide members of the PMC with the right of filming, photographing and video recording during their visits of detention centers.

In conclusion, Tatiana Moskalkova answered all the questions of the Committee members concerning the cooperation of the High Commissioner and the deputies for human rights protection. Members of the Committee also proposed that regional Ombudsmen should be authorized to nominate candidates for the PMC.

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