Novosibirsk Commissioner spoke about measures to protect environmental rights of citizens

29 November 2017

On November 29, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Novosibirsk Region Nina Shalabaeva took part in the second open forum of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Novosibirsk Region.

Nina Shalabaeva delivered her speech during the discussion block «Prosecutor’s supervision and environmental safety in the Novosibirsk Region». The Commissioner stressed that, under Article 42 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, everyone shall have the right to a favourable environment, reliable information about its condition and compensation for any harm caused to his or her health or property by violations of environmental legislation.

According to Nina Shalabaeva, in 2017 she received 22 appeals from citizens about violation of their rights in the environmental field.

"I pay great attention to legal awareness and improvement of legal literacy of citizens in various spheres, including environmental one. In particular, information notes and explanations on the most relevant issues in the field of environmental security have been published. On the official website of the Commissioner of Human Rights in the Novosibirsk Region normative legal documents, which regulate the rights and obligations of environmental entities, are promptly posted in an up-to-date version," Nina Shalabaeva said.

According to the Commissioner, this year a survey among residents of Novosibirsk and municipalities on the issues of environment was conducted. The questionnaire was attended by 1,314 people. A large number of respondents are not satisfied with the state of the environment in the human settlements where they live.

In addition, over the past two years, the Novosibirsk Commissioner has received collective appeals from residents of the Maiskiy settlement about the violation of their rights to a favourable environment, as well as violations of sanitary and epidemiological norms due to the production of charcoal by the factory «SHENG-HUA» Ltd. The applicants pointed out that since the beginning of its operation (since May, 2015), the health of the residents has worsened, the workers of the plant go to the village store in respirators, explaining this by poor ecology and poisoned air in the area.

"The appeal was put under special control. I repeatedly carried out visits to the village, met with local residents and the head of the administration. As a consequence of the visits, inquiries were sent to the relevant authorities. As a result, on January 13, 2017, the Cherepanovsky District Court of the Novosibirsk Region passed a decision according to which «SHENG-HUA» Ltd. was obliged to stop the wood-processing activities for producing charcoal by means of coal-smelting furnaces before establishing a sanitary protection zone. The decision came into force on October 7," Nina Shalabaeva added.

Adapted from the press service of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Novosibirsk Region

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