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High Commissioner took part in the meeting of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights

30 October 2017
High Commissioner took part in the meeting of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights

On October 30, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova participated in a meeting of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights chaired by Vladimir Putin.

Participants of the meeting discussed measures aimed at implementing the Concept of state policy on perpetuating the memory of political repression victims. In addition, issues related to the work of the Council for ensuring the environmental rights of citizens, in particular access to information on the state of the environment and the construction of facilities for the processing of domestic waste, were considered.

Opening the meeting, Vladimir Putin requested a minute of silence in commemoration of Elizabeth Glinka and Daniel Dondurey.

"Since our last meeting, we have not had an opportunity to jointly pay tribute to these bright, great people who have done much for the country and for society and, of course, for our Council — this is certainly a very great loss," the Russian President said.

In his speech, Vladimir Putin stressed that human rights institutions and the state need to work together to ensure that these basic rights are strictly observed and citizens really feel confident about their social security.

The President of Russia paid special attention to non-government organizations (NGOs) that perform the functions of a so-called foreign agent. According to the head of state, today there are almost half of these organizations in the register of foreign agents: their number decreased from 165 to 89. This is only 0.39 percent of the total number of NGOs registered in the Russian Federation. At the same time, in 2017, four times less organizations were entered in the register than in 2016.

Vladimir Putin also noted the role of High Commissioner for Human Rights Tatiana Moskalkova in reducing the number of foreign agents among non-government organizations.

"On my instructions and on the proposals that followed and which were formulated by many of you, the law-enforcement practice in relation to such NGOs has been analyzed. Tatiana Moskalkova and Mikhail Fedotov took an active part in this work," the Russian President underlined.

In conclusion, Vladimir Putin expressed the opinion that the Council would continue to work for the unification of society, and also act as an objective, wise arbiter in resolving even the most difficult problems.

Photo by kremlin.ru

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