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High Commissioner held reception for residents of Ivanovo Region

26 December 2017
High Commissioner held reception for residents of Ivanovo Region

On December 26, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova hosted a reception of citizens of the Ivanovo Region through videoconference.

Work with citizens' appeals is one of the priorities of the state human rights defender. Each applicant comes to the High Commissioner with his own problem, with his own personal trouble, but often assistance to one person to solve his problem can affect the people of all regions of the country, improve the lives of those who have not even requested the assistance of the ombudsperson. For example, a mother with many children from the Ivanovo Region turned to Tatiana Moskalkova with the problem of providing free meals and a school uniform for children from low-income families with many children.

"You raised the problems that affect almost all the subjects of the Russian Federation. We need to look for opportunities for legal and legislative regulation of this issue," Tatiana Moskalkova said. As a number of provisions of the Executive Order of the President of the Russian Federation of May 5, 1992 «On Measures for the Social Support of Large Families» are obsolete, the High Commissioner sees the solution of the stated problem in applying a differentiated targeted approach to citizens in need, determining the basic package of benefits, and regulating the provision of social support at the federal level.

An orphan student of the Shuya branch of the Ivanovo Industrial and Economic College appealed to the High Commissioner with the problem of providing temporary housing for orphans until they received well-appointed living accommodation from a specialized housing stock.

It is worth noting that today in the Ivanovo Region, among inmates of children’s homes in the queue for housing are more than 1600 citizens over the age of 18 and about 2000 — over the age of 14 years. However, some local governments in the Ivanovo Region deny persons who are orphans or have been left without parental care in providing residential premises for temporary use, since there is no such obligation in normative legal acts.

According to the High Commissioner, this problematic issue can be resolved through the appeal of prosecutors to the courts to protect this preferential category of citizens. In addition, it is necessary to improve the legislation in this area of legal relations, as well as to modify the system of bidding and procurement in order to establish a more flexible procedure for buying housing for orphans.

Another appeal addressed to the High Commissioner relates to the violation of the peace and quiet of citizens during the night.

Currently, the silence regime is established by the laws of the subjects of the Russian Federation, and responsibility for its violation is provided for in regional legislation on administrative violations.

According to the Federal Law «On Amendments to Article 28.3 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation», officials of internal affairs agencies (the police) are authorized to draw up reports on administrative offenses provided for by the laws of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation only in the case of the conclusion of an appropriate agreement.

Since the above-mentioned agreements are concluded by a small number of subjects of the country, the police have no right to draw up reports on administrative offences of those citizens who infringe on the silence and calm. This leads to a tendency of growing discontent among the population due to the lack of appropriate attention of law enforcement agencies to the appeals for violations of the regime of silence.

Tatiana Moskalkova believes that in order to resolve the current situation, it is advisable to introduce additions to the Federal Law «On Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare of the Population» that would determine the night time (the time from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.), and to identify clearly the term of the «actions that violate the silence in the night time». At the same time, it is proposed to supplement the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation with the provision that establishes liability for the violation of peace and quiet of citizens at night. During the reception, the High Commissioner also received a complaint regarding the settlement of the procedure and the amount of deductions for keeping in residential care homes for elderly and disabled people, and also received an appeal requesting assistance in establishing a disability group for a deaf child.

As a result of the videoconference, Tatiana Moskalkova gave corresponding instructions concerning the work with the complaints to the relevant units of the High Commissioner’s Office. In addition, it was decided to create interdepartmental working groups to collect and summarize data, analyse the practice of courts on the received complaints, and also to prepare relevant amendments and supplements to the legislation and appeals to the competent authorities.

The High Commissioner also promised to raise the most pressing questions at the Coordinating Council of Russian Commissioners and in the report to the President of the Russian Federation.

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