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Joint workshop with Council of Europe started in Sochi

16 March 2017
Joint workshop with Council of Europe started in Sochi

On 16 March, a two-day seminar called ‘Protection of Social Rights as a Necessary Guarantee of Law-Based State Sustainable Development’ under the auspices of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation and the Council of Europe was launched in Sochi.

More than 60 people attended the event: commissioners for human rights in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, Deputy Governor of Krasnodar Territory Yuriy Burlachko, Executive Secretary of the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe Regis Bria, Deputy Head of Chancery of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Ivan Solovyov, First Deputy Head of the Office of the Representative of the Russian Federation at the ECHR Natalia Zyabkina, Head of the Council of Europe Program Office in the Russian Federation Petr Sich, as well as representatives of executive and legislative branches of Krasnodar Territory, the European Court of Human Rights, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation, scientific community and staff of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.

On the first day of the workshop the participants discussed the role of human rights commissioners in protecting citizens’ social rights/ The parties also shared best practices and paid articular attention to the issue of medical and social assistance to citizens. Implementation of the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights into the legal system of the Russian Federation became another topic of the discussion.

During the event Deputy Head of Chancery Ivan Solovyov read out the welcome address on behalf of the High Commissioner to the participants of the workshop and noted that this unique platform provided an opportunity for regional commissioners to exchange their experience and best practices.

The representative of the High Commissioner reminded that the joint workshop was being held for the third time. In 2015, the event was held in Volgograd, and in 2016 Suzdal was a platform for the dialogue.

In addition, Ivan Solovyov said that according to the sociological survey conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation, the rights and freedoms in the social sphere are of paramount importance for Russian citizens.

According to Ivan Solovyov, 78 percent of the respondents indicated the right to free medical care as the most significant. The right to free education occupies the second place according to their importance attributed to it by 60 percent of Russian citizens. The right to housing and fair charges took the third place — 55 percent.

The representative of the High Commissioner also noted that in 2016, the federal ombudsman received more than 17,000 complaints against social rights’ violations. In total, in the past year, the High Commissioner’s Office managed to restore rights of 11,235 citizens after 237 complaints and five open letters in mass media.

"In particular, five thousand people were included in the lists of military operations’ veterans, 6,000 citizens received payments of delayed salaries, and 38 were provided with housing. In addition, 26 people got their pensions, regional social supplements, allowances, compensations, subsidies and alimony paid out and reviewed. 52 citizens were provided with medical treatment," Ivan Solovyov highlighted.

In conclusion, the representative of the High Commissioner noted the special importance of the National Strategy of Action for Women 2017–2022, approved by the Government Decree, as one of the key vectors of interaction between the High Commissioner’s Office and the Council of Europe.

The event was organized as part of a joint project with the Council of Europe, which is one of the priorities in human rights interaction between the Russian Federation and the Council of Europe for 2013–2017.

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