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Ombudsmen shared experience in the context of forced restriction of citizens' rights

29 April 2020

On April 29, during the online meeting of the Eurasian Ombudsman Alliance (EOA), heads of national human rights institutions discussed human rights issues in the context of COVID-19 pandemic, and shared human rights practices during the epidemic.

In her speech, Tatiana Moskalkova shared the experience of the Russian ombudspersons, noting that "in the pandemic the institution of Commissioners for Human Rights had proven to be a mature institution".

"The coronavirus situation has demonstrated that interaction among Commissioners for Human Rights is particularly important to ensure assistance to people," the High Commissioner said.

According to Tatiana Moskalkova, the Commissioners’ activity can be defined in four directions. Firstly, it is monitoring the adequacy of the measures taken by the state to combat coronavirus. Secondly, it is important to know whether the measures established by the state are being implemented by authorities and employers.

In addition, Tatiana Moskalkova emphasized the need to ensure the proportionality of restrictive measures taken by states to a real threat during the epidemic.

In this regard, the High Commissioner urged colleagues to engage in human rights education on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and responsibility for violation of the restrictions.

In conclusion, the High Commissioner emphasized the need to respect human rights after a quarantine period.

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