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Joint conference of High Commissioner for Human Rights and Federation Council Committee

23 July 2020
Joint conference of High Commissioner for Human Rights and Federation Council Committee

On July 23, an online conference «Improving criminal policy and increasing guarantees of the rights of victims» was held in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation together with the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building.

In her speech, Tatiana Moskalkova noted the main issues of protecting the rights of victims. In 2019, 1.6 million people were recognized as victims in criminal proceedings. It is 2.8% more than in 2018. In 6 months of 2020, the Office of the High Commissioner received 1,445 complaints from victims of crimes — 1.5% more than in 6 months of 2019.

In the first half of 2020, 784,185 people were recognized as victims in the criminal process, including 44,616 juvenile, 319,649 women and 5,111 disabled.

"The victim is a key figure in the jurisdictional process. In many cases, criminal proceedings begin with his statement. Protecting the victims’ rights is one of the main goals in the criminal process," the ombudswoman remarked.

The High Commissioner emphasized the fact that prosecutors annually reveal more than 5 million violations at the pre-trial stage, which indicates the important role of prosecutorial supervision.

The federal ombudswoman expressed the hope that in the nearest future federal laws will be developed and adopted to change the procedure for initiating criminal cases; adjusting the procedure for verifying the legality of the issued decision on the refusal to initiate a criminal case by the prosecutor; consolidation of the applicant’s status in the criminal procedure legislation, expansion of his rights; elimination of gaps in the criminal procedure legislation in terms of compensation for harm caused by a crime.

"We are now trying to find ways to increase the guarantees of the victim’s rights," Tatiana Moskalkova said.

The event was attended by High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Nikolaevna Moskalkova, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building Vladimir Vladimirovich Poletaev, member of the Federation Council Committee on Rules of Procedure and Organization of Parliamentary Activities Ekaterina Borisovna Altabayeva, member of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy Margarita Nikolaevna Pavlova and also senators, Commissioners for Human Rights in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and representatives of the scientific community.

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