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High Commissioner took part in the meeting of Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building

16 June 2020
High Commissioner took part in the meeting of Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building

On June 16, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova participated in a meeting of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building. During the event, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation presented the annual report for 2019 on the state of law and order in the country and on the work done to strengthen them.

The federal ombudswoman noted the constructive relations developed between Russian human rights Commissioners and prosecution authorities.

"We conduct joint inspections, at our request 400 submissions, more than 600 requirements were made, and this is a very important result in protecting human rights," Tatiana Moskalkova said.

During the speech, the High Commissioner emphasized a number of important issues related to the post-coronavirus period. Thus, the hot line of the federal ombudsman receives complaints from citizens regarding difficulties in registering persons as unemployed, as well as unjustified administrative penalties for driving without a permit.

In addition, Tatiana Moskalkova noted the importance of monitoring the protection of citizens' electoral rights during the preparation and conduct of the upcoming All-Russian vote on constitutional amendments and made a proposal to reflect maximum prosecutorial oversight during the voting period in the draft resolution.

"To date, we received about three dozen complaints that employers, under pain of dismissal, are forced to vote using electronic means. We don’t have the opportunity to verify this situation, people, as a rule, don’t name the organization that forces them to do this, and don’t provide background information, but this requires verification," the High Commissioner said.

The High Commissioner also pointed out the refusals to institute criminal proceedings. According to the federal ombudsman, the number of complaints on this issue has almost doubled compared to the same period last year.

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