On October 10, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova started up the Master’s Programme «International Protection of Human Rights» 2017 — a training course on the world’s key human rights techniques.
Students of RUDN, MGIMO, RSUH and other universities took part in the event. In addition, undergraduates of the Kazan Federal University, Perm State University, Voronezh State University, as well as the Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin, the Yekaterinburg Humanities University and the Ural State Law University joined the lecture in a videoconference mode.
Opening the event, Tatiana Moskalkova welcomed the future masters and noted that the Master’s Program in Human Rights had been held in the Office of the High Commissioner for three years.
"It is not by chance that we support this educational program: this is the first master’s program in Russia in the field of human rights protection. In general, our training course is of an applied nature and is devoted to practical issues of the federal ombudsman activities and the peculiarities of the domestic human rights system," the High Commissioner stated.
During the lecture, Tatiana Moskalkova told the students about the history, competence and specifics of the institute of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, as well as the main working tools of the state human rights defender. The ombudsman provided examples of human rights practices and also noted the importance of human rights education activities.
"I think it is absolutely necessary to constantly work on raising the level of legal literacy, especially among pensioners, people with disabilities or persons in custody," the High Commissioner said.
Tatiana Moskalkova paid special attention to international cooperation. In particular, the federal ombudsman said that the effectiveness of the institution of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation had been recognized by the international community. According to the High Commissioner, in December 2014, the Bureau of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of the UN Human Rights Council reaffirmed the highest «A» accreditation status for the period from 2014 to 2019 with regard to the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.
"Last year, a new stage of even broader international cooperation of the Russian High Commissioner started: the Institution of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation joined the European Network of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI). It is an international independent association that provides participants with a unique negotiating platform, irreplaceable in cases when it becomes necessary to protect the rights of citizens in the context of political confrontation between countries," Tatiana Moskalkova said.
"But the most important thing, in my opinion is legal education among young people. I, as the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, attach great importance to the improvement of the quality of education and the development of the human rights education competences. I believe that the training course «Human Rights» should be introduced in each university, at every faculty, regardless of specialization," the High Commissioner added.
At the end of the lecture Tatiana Moskalkova answered the questions of future masters.