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On 3 August, Commissioner for Human Rights in Saint Petersburg Alexander Shishlov held a working meeting with representatives of the Russian MIA’s General Department for Staint Petersburg and Leningrad Region and representatives of social organizations. The meeting was devoted to the matters of implementation of ‘The Citizen and Police’ project aimed at social monitoring of the law enforcement agencies’ activity.
The Commissioner for Human Rights in Saratov Region published the results of monitoring of the citizens’ petitions in the first half of 2016. In total, the Commissioner received 1,494 petitions.
10 platforms equipped with ramps are to be constructed on the Circum-Baikal Railway in 2018. The railway’s infrastructure is planned to be adapted for persons with mobility impairments. The above was reported by the Deputy Head of the Railway in his letter to Commissioner for Human Rights in Irkutsk Region Valeriy Lukin.
Chairman of the Government of Russia Dmitry Medvedev approved the initiative of Commissioner for Human Rights in Leningrad Region Sergey Shabanov. Following the instruction of the Prime Minister, the Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service begins to elaborate a new draft resolution of the Russian Government. The resolution will establish the procedure and criteria for accreditation of organisations estimating the compliance of elevators which have already served their term with the current requirements.
In July 2016, two sessions for children with autism and other developmental disorders were held within the framework of the programme ‘Special Families. Unlimited Life’ with assistance of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Chelyabinsk Region.
Since the end of July 2016, commissioners for human rights in a number of constituent entities of the Russian Federation with assistance of local election commissions open hotlines to protect the Russian citizens’ electoral rights. Such hotlines will help to ensure the transparency of election process and to respond efficiently to the violations.
On 28 July, a regular release of the ‘Human Rights’ programme dedicated to the electoral rights was aired on the Public Television of Russia channel (OTR).
On July 26, Commissioner for Human Rights in Tula Region Galina Fomina held the first School of Legal Knowledge open seminar in Kosaya Gora village where Roma reside. The representatives of Tula Region Administration and law enforcement agencies took part in the meeting.
On 25 July, Commissioner for Human Rights in Pskov Region Dmitry Shakhov met with his colleague from Nizhny Novgorod Region Nadezhda Otdelkina and the Chairperson of Nizhny Novgorod Region Election Commission. The participants in the meeting discussed the ways of interaction between the state institution of commissioners for human rights and regional election commissions, as well as the issues of ensuring the additional guarantees of citizens’ rights to participate in elections.
On 25 July, Commissioner for Human Rights in Saratov Region Tatiana Zhurik spoke at the meeting with the social ministries and agencies. In her report, she focused on the social integration of persons released from facilities of the penal system.