Tatiana Moskalkova took part in the Federation Council meeting

20 July 2017

On July 20, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova took part in a round table discussion on observing human rights in psycho-neurological boarding schools of the social services system of the Russian Federation. The event was organized by the Committees of the Council of Federation on Constitutional Legislation and State Building and Social Policy.

During the meeting, the panelists discussed current issues of protecting the rights of people with mental illnesses, as well as the creation of a patient rights protection service.

Speaking about the protection of the rights of people suffering from mental disorders, Tatiana Moskalkova said that in 2016, the High Commissioner received 828 complaints on health issues. According to the federal ombudsman, compared to 2015, the number of complaints on this topic increased by 46.3 percent.

"There are the following problems: the procedure of placement in neurological hospitals is not respected, the requirement regarding the provision of information about the nature of a mental disorder, goals and methods of treatment is violated. In addition, we get a large number of complaints about living conditions in psycho-neurological boarding schools," Tatiana Moskalkova said.

In addition, the High Commissioner drew particular attention to the issue of establishing public service for the protection of the rights of patients in psychiatric hospitals.

"In 2000–2017, the High Commissioner worked together with interested ministries, the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and the expert community on creating the service. However, even the scientific and human rights community was not able to work out a single concept regarding the place of the service in the system of state bodies, competence, structure and mechanisms of interaction with civil society institutions," the High Commissioner said.

In conclusion, Tatiana Moskalkova stressed that she would keep the situation related to the protection of human rights in psycho-neurological boarding schools under special control.

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