On 5 December 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin met at the Kremlin with Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova, regional human rights commissioners representing all territorial entities of the Russian Federation, and members of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights.
The meeting took place in the run-up to International Human Rights Day and was devoted to the current issues concerning observance of human rights and development of civil society institutions in the regions.
In his speech, Mr Putin noted that the institute of human rights commissioners plays a special role in the country, “The society needs it and seeks after it. It is here that people find support in protecting their social, labour, housing, economic, and political rights.”
Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova drew attention to the importance of independent commissioners’ work in the regions and outlined the current social issues. The Commissioner also cited data of special research of Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) on citizens’ perception of their rights and freedoms. Ms Pamfilova underlined that it is important to reform the federal penitentiary system and adjust the law on international agents.