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High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova met with students

01 September 2017
High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova met with students

On September 1, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova gave an open lecture to students of the Moscow State Law University n.a. O. Y. Kutafin (MGUA) at a solemn meeting dedicated to the Knowledge Day.

Tatiana Moskalkova noted in her welcome speech that many representatives of the legal elite studied at the Moscow State Law Academy.

"Moscow State Law University is not just an educational institution, but a real Alma Mater for professionals and followers of the old legal education traditions. I am proud that I graduated from this renowned university, and therefore it’s a great honor and responsibility for me to speak here," said Tatiana Moskalkova.

During the lecture the Ombudsperson told the students about the history, competence and peculiarities of the institution of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, as well as the main activities of the state human rights defender.

"Over the two decades of the existence of the Institute of the State Human Rights Defender, the Ombudsperson’s Office has examined over 800,000 appeals. The number of citizens' appeals for this twentieth anniversary has grown almost 10 times. Last year, we received more than 42 thousand applications", - said Tatiana Moskalkova.

In addition, the High Commissioner shared her professional experience as a doctor of legal and philosophical sciences, an author of monographs, as well as examples from human rights practice with the future lawyers.

At the end of the lecture, the students queried the Ombudsperson on emotional topics.

The students were interested in the peculiarities of the work of the High Commissioner’s Institute: what is the role of the High Commissioner in the legislative process, what the most acute social problems Tatiana Moskalkova faced, what work is being done to increase the nation’s legal education level.

Of course, the topic of protecting the rights of students couldn’t be ignored. In this direction, the High Commissioner highlighted such problems as the high cost of accommodations, insufficient provision of young specialists with jobs, and the need to increase scholarships and benefits for those who apply for them.

Before leaving Tatiana Moskalkova wished the students a wonderful new academic year, new discoveries and great success.

"You are in demand everywhere, you are absolutely unique people who have entrusted themselves with a noble mission — people protection," the High Commissioner said, referring to young human rights activists.

At the end of the event, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova and rector of the Moscow State Law University n.a. O. Y. Kutafin (MGUA) Viktor Blazheev signed an agreement on cooperation.

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