On May 17, Tatiana Moskalkova presented the Annual 2016 Report on the activity of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation at the plenary session of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
At the beginning, the High Commissioner outlined that thanks to the cooperation with state authorities, courts, the State Duma and the Council of the Federation in collaboration with Human Rights public institutions and Regional Commissioners rights of thousands of citizens had been protected.
"In modern Russia, there is an extensive legislation on human rights and liberties that generally conforms to international standards. However, there are problems concerning the enforcement of laws".
According to the Federal Ombudsman, the number of appeals to the High Commissioner for Human Rights increased by fifty percent that illustrated the citizens’ credence. According to the results of 2016, most appeals concerned criminal procedure legislation and that in the field of housing and public services.
"In spite of the state authorities’ efforts, social sphere remains the most complicated one. The High Commissioner receives appeals related to the housing issues and poor medical attendance. Also, there are many questions concerning education", Tatiana Moskalkova noted.
The Federal Ombudsman drew the deputies’ attention to the fact that, for the first time, the efficient system of regional commissioners had been established.
"Today there are Commissioners for Human Rights in all of 85 subjects of the Russian Federation; we’ve concluded the formation of the system. We are in close cooperation with Regional Commissioners, twice a year we meet at the Coordination Council. This Summer, an unprecedented meeting with the participation of the young generation of rights activists will take place." The High Commissioner gave special priority to the questions concerning the human rights education and the legal culture education of the youth. "It’s necessary to elaborate a unified federal program for Higher Educational Institutions and schools, to teach citizens, and the youth in particular, to assert their rights and to stand up for the rights of others".
Also, the High Commissioner informed the deputy corps about the creation of the unique informative and educational project «Human Rights Map of Russia» designed to popularize the Institute of Commissioners for Human Rights in the Russian Federation and to inform general public about the degree of observance and protection of human rights in regions.
"The use of the latest information technologies furthering the vivid demonstration of the textual information by graphs, diagrams, photos and archives of special and annual reports allows not only to inform thoroughly all interested people about activities of Commissioners for Human Rights but also favours the popularization of that institution", Tatiana Moskalkova outlined.
As for the draft law on the housing retrofitting that has caused a massive public outcry and which is now under consideration in the State Dima, Tatiana Moskalkova said that she had proposed amendments to the draft law. "It’s important that people be suggested not one but several variants for resettlement at their choice. Secondly, they shall not be immediately expelled but in accordance with usual procedures prescribed by court; the reasons for appeal shall be related not only to the square but also to other matters; the period for appeal shall be 90 days", Tatiana Moskalkova declared.
"The mere idea of the law is wonderful. Now we need to arrange for its enforcement without violation of human rights. With luck in the Moscow Region, we are ready to support the extending of the program in regions", Tatiana Moskalkova outlined.
Besides, the High Commissioner asked the deputies to pay their attention to social status and protection of rights of military servicemen and law enforcement officers when considering the draft law.
"For the five years, the financial allowance of this category of highly qualified specialists whom the stability in the State, the maintenance of Russian statehood and the security in the country depend on. The issue of the provision of housing is not decided yet", Tatiana Moskalkova said.
In his turn, the deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation acclaimed the open performance of the High Commissioner for Human Rights that was the first in the history of the Russian Parliament. "In our country, there is a good experience of human rights protection in the field of morality and family preservation", Sergey Gavrilov said.
Besides, deputy from the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Yaroslav Nilov proposed to vest the right of legislative initiative in the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.
Representative of the faction "UNITED RUSSIA" Dmitry Vyatkin said that the Federal Ombudsman Institute demonstrated its efficiency and its further reinforcement is the overriding priority.
Deputy from the faction "JUST RUSSIA" Oleg Nilov was also sure that the right to introduce draft laws into the State Duma would advance the efficiency of the activities of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.
In conclusion of the morning part of the plenary session, for the first time in the history, the deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation considered and unanimously adopted ("for" — 402) the draft of the regulation No. 175284–7 "On the Report on the activity of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation 2016".
Following the results and the recommendations of the Hugh Commissioner, parliamentarians will hold the autumn plenary session.