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International scientific-practical conference "Human rights as indicator of modern state development"

17 September 2018
International scientific-practical conference "Human rights as indicator of modern state development"

On September 17 in Saratov, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova spoke at the international scientific and practical conference «Human rights as indicator of modern state development».

In her speech, the federal ombudsman stressed the importance of developing criteria for assessing the protection of human rights, which will allow to determine the security level of the ecumene in general (or in relation to individual territories and states), sectors of public relations or population groups. According to the High Commissioner, the elaborated criteria will help to develop a scientifically based set of measures to improve the situation, as well as prevent massive violations of human rights.

"Human rights markers are those indicators which illustrate the completeness and quality of human rights realization, prevention of harm to human rights and restoration of violated rights," Tatiana Moskalkova stressed.

The federal ombudswoman noted that these indicators are formulated in the UN International Recommendation " Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development» adopted by 193 countries, including the Russian Federation.

According to the High Commissioner, evidence-based indicators provide an objective view of the level of human rights protection, the effectiveness of public policy, lawmaking and law enforcement practice. They also allow developing international and national standards in the field of human rights, formulating concepts and strategies for the sustainable development of human rights, identifying a set of measures to support the most vulnerable groups of the population.

In conclusion, Tatiana Moskalkova stressed the need to develop a national strategy to guarantee human and civil rights and freedoms in Russia.

"Given the current and anticipated challenges to human and civil rights and freedoms, this document would define a consistent policy on improving the mechanism for ensuring observance and protection of citizens' rights and freedoms, participation of various civil society institutions in human rights activities for some years to come, would allow consolidating the efforts of state authorities <…> and public institutions to create favorable internal and external conditions for absolute implementation of citizens’ rights and freedoms," Tatiana Moskalkova said.

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